Robert Vanacore "Bobby"
September 5, 1953 – October 30, 2018
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
Robert Vanacore "Bobby"
November 11, 2018
Bob was my son’s private lesson instructor for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax. He and Ryan had such fun playing together. Bob taught Ryan a lot of things about music but also about hard work, friendship, and life. Bob and Linda welcomed us into their home each week for a lesson. I will be forever grateful that God brought us to Bob and Linda. We will miss Bob’s music, his sense of humor, and his generosity. I feel fortunate I was able to see Bob recently and say goodbye. Our family is praying for the entire Vanacore family as they go through this difficult time.
November 5, 2018
I met Bobby a little over 2 years ago. He came over my house to see a base clarinet I was selling. He played it a little and then he asked me to play. I showed him that I recently broke and dislocated the little finger on my right hand and couldn't play anymore. He insisted I play and when I was finished he told me playing would help my finger heal and I would be playing more. He said I was a good musician (I was a classical professional years ago) and it would be a shame to just let it all go. Okay, he convinced me to work at it, exchanged emails and kept in touch. I did work on my playing both on clarinet and saxophone for a solid year and wrote him that I was maybe ready to play somewhere. We met up on his way to a Mellowtones rehearsal and said I should come along. I never played jazz before but he was right there to help me with advice, tips and encouragement. If it had not been for Bobby I never would have played again. I still play with the Mellowtones and I think I can say for all of us especially the sax section, we are going to miss him. I did thank him before he go real sick that if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be playing. I am forever grateful that I met him. I wish his family nothing but love, healing and knowing what a wonderful person he was and that he touched people's lives in such a positive way.