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"
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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.