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R.I.P.: Robert Pence

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Inaugural member of the UrbanOhio Hall of Fame? 

 

Vast knowledge of the issues we discuss here, a wonderful memory, and a rapier wit.  Good man.

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Inaugural member of the UrbanOhio Hall of Fame

 

Vast knowledge of the issues we discuss here, a wonderful memory, and a rapier wit.  Good man.

 

I second this!

 

Third!

 

I met Robert only once (at a Columbus forum meet five or six years ago), but feel an ache right now as if I've lost a good friend. And I guess I have. I always felt validated if he made a nice comment on a photo thread of mine; I always felt soothed if I was in a heated debate on some topic and he jumped in and put things in perspective in his gentle, yet authoritative (and sometimes acerbic) way; I always felt grateful -- and a little bit smarter -- when I saw and read his knowledgeable posts. If any one person was the soul of UrbanOhio, it was Robert. I will miss him.

 

Completely agree on the feeling of validation whenever he made a nice comment on my pics.

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You know, I kinda had a sense that something may have been wrong with him while I was making breakfast some time last week without knowing anything. Strange how that sort of thing works.

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this is such sad news -- rob you will be dearly missed.

 

as we all know so well, the spirit of his uo contributions were just the ideal.

 

and on a personal note, my grandfather worked at ohio engineering building ohio's roads, highways and the turnpike for many years and i am forever greatful that rob helped me identify all the old road graders and other equipment my grandfather used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I haven't really had a chance to post something on here, but I feel very sad hearing about this. I never knew Rob except through this site, but I was a fan of his wit, his pictures, and his experiences.

 

I truly hope someone maintains his website, as it's a wonderful collection of photos, and there's some wonderful historical shots as well.

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Hi everyone, first - thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts; it may not always seem like it but one of the goals of this forum is to create a sense of 'community'. It's great that Rob found a place here and that all of you came to appreciate what he brought to us with his personality and photos. We're hoping to contact Rob's family/friends and share this thread with them so they can see how many lives he touched, even though he never met some in person.

 

Also, the Admins agree that it's only appropriate that Rob be honored for his contributions - it may take some time, so please bear with us. Thanks again.

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Very saddened to hear of Rob's passing.  I too felt like I "knew" Robert through his postings on UO, and I always appreciated the wisdom he brought to this forum.  I'll miss his commentary on the things that were important to him and the sense of historical perspective he often provided.  And of course I'll miss his photos, with his (exceptionally distinct and neat) hand written captions. 

 

You are missed, Robert.

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I was on vacation in Florida when I received news of his passing.  Rob was one of the first members of this website and I believe he was the first non-Ohioan (even before he joined SkyscraperPage).  I'll never forget the first time I met him at one of the UO meets and he was one of THE most knowledgeable, kind, and passionate individuals I've ever met in life.  He attended almost every UO meet we've had (Cleveland subways, Dayton, Columbus, etc) and always had a smile on his face and a large camera.  To say he's a forum icon is like saying water flows from Niagara Falls.  Rob was the very essence of this website.  I am beyond sad at his passing yet I'm so happy for his suffering with cancer is now over.

 

May he rest in peace and hopefully we'll reflect on the absolutely wonderful life he lived.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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It's unanimous, Robert Pence was a special person.

 

My contact with Rob was much like anyone else's, some discussion on the forums and some chats through personal messages.  Although I have never met him, his sincerity, warmth and depth left a firm imprint.  Rob and I had a common interest in bicycles, this year he very graciously sent me a book on the subject.  Looking back, I was unaware of his struggles with disease and feel a little bit guilty.

 

RIP, to a GREAT man!

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Oh no. Just saw this as well. I was offline for much of december as I had foot surgery. So sad to hear of his passing. He was such a smart and amazing man and fantastic contributor to our UO community. May he rest in peace.

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Robert wrote with such intensity and passion on subjects like history and travel that he loved so much.  He certainly was a kind person.  I hope his family members get to read this thread and see how much we appreciated him.  I hope he went peacefully.

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Even though I am late to this discussion, I feel I should comment. I just found out today about Bob dying. It didn't surprise me to come across this news, but it still hit me with a jolt. I knew Bob Pence from my years living in Fort Wayne. For most of my seven years there, I lived in West Central, which was his neighborhood and one of the best neighborhoods anywhere. Bob was the kind of person who was always present when I was talking with him, and I always appreciated his including me in his various photo documentation projects. I'm sad that I'll never see him again and am glad to have known him. His death is certainly a loss for the UO World, which reminds me that once, while chatting with Bob at one of the annual Gay Lesbian Dinner Dances in Fort Wayne, I asked him for some photography advice. One thing he told was that a good thing to keep in mind when taking pictures is what you want the pictures to accomplish. Because he knew I was living in Cleveland, he suggested I consider the work of MayDay as something to aspire to.

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I felt the need to bump this thread. Sadly, Robert's website has gone away. His vintage color photos of Cleveland were a source of utter fascination for me. Let's not forget him.

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Hi everyone, first - thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts; it may not always seem like it but one of the goals of this forum is to create a sense of 'community'. It's great that Rob found a place here and that all of you came to appreciate what he brought to us with his personality and photos. We're hoping to contact Rob's family/friends and share this thread with them so they can see how many lives he touched, even though he never met some in person.

 

Also, the Admins agree that it's only appropriate that Rob be honored for his contributions - it may take some time, so please bear with us. Thanks again.

 

Any plans with a way to honor Rob?  Annual photo contest in his name?

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I was randomly searching for Rob's website, and came across this sad news. He was an expert on the Maumee Valley and his insights into the history of urban areas and rail transit in the Midwest were perfect for this forum. I loved talking photography with him and no doubt his presence is missed on here. He was a true gentleman who contributed excellent photographs and stories to the forum. RIP, Rob, and thank you for always being great.

 

I do think we should have an annual photo contest in his memory.

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I haven't been visiting this board very often over the last couple of years.  Tonight I thought I would look and see what Mr. Pence had been up to as I always enjoyed his photos and comments.  For someone that I had never met and had only exchanged a few e-mails with, I feel a real sense of loss with his passing.  Obviously he made a good impression here and in the world.  He will certainly be missed.

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I just happened across this online.  What a great guy.  From March of this year-

 

ACRES Receives Surprise $1 Million Gift

By Sean Bueter

4:45 pm

Thu March 12, 2015

 

ACRES Land Trust announced this week it received a surprise gift of one million dollars from the estate of a Fort Wayne man.

 

The trust was founded in 1960 with a mission to acquire land to create nature preserves.

 

The bequest comes from the estate of Robert E. Pence, a former tool maker, computer technician, and lifelong nature enthusiast. Pence died in 2012.

 

http://wboi.org/post/acres-receives-surprise-1-million-gift

 

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Once or twice I recall reading a post by Robert where he was talking about his relatives and his money after he dies. Guess he took well of enough care of that.

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He was a wonderful person and his acts of kindness still live on.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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nice catch -- thanks for posting it. wow in yet another sense rob lives on forever. why am i not surprised about this. how wonderful.

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