OBITUARY

Herman Robert BISHOP

April 28, 1946September 12, 2020

Herman Robert Bishop, age 74, passed away September 12, 2020 in Greenville, SC. Robert was an active member of the local Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing organizations. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Pocono as an engineer. Preceded in death by his parents Otas Sr. and Betty Bishop; brothers Otas Bishop Jr. and Jerry Bishop Sr. Survived by wife of 48 years Sandra (Bacus) Bishop; daughter Jennifer (Ryan) Everitt of Fernandina Beach, FL; brother Philip Bishop of Sanford, FL; sisters-in-law Nancy (Casa) Bishop of Longwood, FL and Susan (Lee) Bishop of Orlando, FL; brother-in-law Donavan (Rhonda) Bacus of Dublin, OH; sister-in-law Carolyn (Michael) Bogunia of Charlotte, NC; many beloved nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to Veteran’s Services Project Healing Waters, 508 Spaulding Lake Dr. Greenville, SC 29615.

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Charlcie Hopkins

September 20, 2020

From the time Bob moved in across the street, he and my husband Jim were great buddies. They both cared deeply for the beautiful cold water streams of upstate South Carolina. They loved fly fishing for trout in those streams and passing on their enthusiasm, art and knowledge to others.
Bob was also what my grandson calls “a car person”. When my grandsons visited they could hardly wait for Bob to take them for a ride in his ‘52 MG and explain all about it. He was great with kids! Yet another talent Bob generously shared was his skill at making the world’s best bourbon pecan pie. Plus, he always had hilarious stories to tell of he and his three brothers growing up in the orange groves of rural Florida.
Bob will be sorely missed by many. I like to think he and Jim are laughing together while telling tall tales and fly fishing in Heaven.

Helmuth Johnstone

September 20, 2020

Not sure when I first met Bob, if it was a MBTU meeting or at the Annual Picnic. But, he was always a great supporter of both. His Pop Corn machine at the Monthly MBTU meeting was always a hit.
Who can forget his famous Bourbon Pecan Pies....OMG...they were awesome. I think the first time I had a piece was at the picnic. I think I ate 3 pieces that day... LOL..
Like many others, I was fortunate to fish with him. Once at the Hell Hole with Jim Hopkins.
The last time he joined Ken Baerwalde and John McKay at River Bound X in Tennessee. I rode with him and we had a great conversation the whole way there and back. He was having trouble getting to the river..so I helped him down the bank and he caught several nice Rainbows...and one on a dry fly...his favorite method.
His rod building and repair was excellent. He repaired 3 rods of mine and took nothing in exchange. Well that is not true. The last rod he repaired for me I gave him Axis and Whitetail Venison which he enjoyed immensely.
RIP Bob.... I will miss you and thank you for making me a better fisherman and a person....
Helmuth...
PS.... picture attached is when Bob and Gary accepted the Custom Fly Rod from Colonel Matt for the Film Fest.

Gary Davis

September 19, 2020

Dear Sandra and Jennifer
I have been a member of the Mountain Bridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited since I retired in the Greenville area in 2014 at which time I joined MBTU and the first person to greet me was Bob. We worked closely on the Trout in the Classroom program and Project Healing Waters. Bob also helped me start a fly fishing club at Sevier Middle School and was always available to help with outings. He loved the kids and they loved him, the bigger than life adult with his Daytona 500 jacket and hat full of stories. I had to have a number of operations in 2019, not my best year, I was also born in 1946, and Bob was the first to step up and fill in for me when we conducted several fly casting classes for Col. Matt Eastman (retired Air Force) at Wade Hampton High School (It turned out that he and Matt both like building bamboo rods and Matt said that they did that this summer and Bob took him fly fishing.). As time goes by I hope that these memories of Bob will help with his passing. We all miss him greatly.
Gary Davis

James ( Mike ) Harvell

September 18, 2020

I first met Bob when he purchased a house and moved in across the street from Jim Hopkins. Jim and I had been fishing together for a number of years and had worked for the same company and Bob was a welcome addition to our outings. Bob told me several times that he enjoyed being with us and sharing the stories we would relate as the truth. After Jim passed, Bob and I continue fishing and doing MBTU Projects together.

Bob was always on the lookout for someone that might need some fishing supplies like rods, reels, flies and assistance. He has given away more rods than a casual fly fisherman purchases in a lifetime. On our last fishing trip he was on the bank watching me work a run while resting his back. I came out of the water and saw a fly patch with several flies attached to a riverside tree. I asked Bob if he found the patch and posted it for the owner to find; he responded that he had lost a fly off the patch and he wanted to donate it to some lucky person that could use the flies and patch. We walked up the trail laughing.

Bob's favorite place to fish was Hellhole and he always did very good on this stretch of water even though it is fished heavily and has easy access for wading. I am very happy to know that I took him to this spot last week and he had several fish on dry. The purple iris have passed bloom with the Browneye Susie and Joepie waiting for the Monarchs.

Ron Malone

September 18, 2020

First, Bob was a true gentleman, When he visited our shop - most weeks - he was so supportive of what we were doing and appreciative of help for causes he supported.

Bob was quick to teach and happy to share his knowledge. He always bought something. Always. It might have been a rod or a simple accessory. But he said he thought it was important we were there and he wanted to be supportive. We were all very very fond of Bob and we will do our best to be what he wanted for all of us. And we will think of Bob and what he taught us often.

RIP Bob. You were a great example for us.

Ed Watanabe

September 18, 2020

I joined Mountain Bridge Trout Unlimited and remember Bob greeting me at my first meeting and introducing me to the guys. I fished with Bob and pick up a lot of trash during our MBTU Roadside Cleanup days.

Bob always had a joke or a funny story to tell and we will miss him. Rest in peace Bob.
Ed Watanabe

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