Internet Laryngectomee Support
November 2001

Tributes to Bob Hodge from WebWhispers Members

    WebWhispers Vice President for Member Services Bob Hodge died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 9, 2001.  Bob was undergoing chemo and radiation treatment for a lung cancer recurrence at the time. 

    Bob brought a great enthusiasm to our group and his theme of "Make it Happen" will always be remembered by us all.  Bob was instrumental in having the WW brochure printed and distributed which gave our club an incredible amount of exposure to laryngectomees, physicians, SLPs and concerned individuals.  Beyond that, Bob always showed a great caring for people and his presence will be sorely missed.  We extend to his wife Donna, his family and many friends our deepest sympathy and condolences. (Murray Allan)

    While Bob Hodge made many contributions to WebWhispers, the WebWhispers brochure has to stand as a monument to him.  This was produced because Bob arranged for it to be printed free.  All we had to do was design it and Bob's friend in the printing business, who preferred to remain anonymous, would print a large supply of this full color brochure at no cost even for supplies.  Bob arranged for all of this and continued with his spreading the good word about WebWhispers by seeing that these were in the hands of laryngectomees, clubs, and professionals all over the globe. (Pat Sanders)

    I feel as though I have lost a good friend; never met him, but I shall forever miss him. (Mary Glyn Spivey)

    Bob kept focused on his project and HELPED his fellow LARYS.  Although we are saddened, we are also proud to have made contact with a man named Bob Hodge. (Tommy Cook)

    Don't we always wonder why the good die young?   I guess God has bigger plans for Bob.  But we will surely miss Bob.  Go to God on the wings of angels, our friend. (Judy Ramboldt)

    He showed amazing courage in his fight with cancer.  He came to the IAL meeting knowing that he had a recurrence, but his dedication to WebWhispers and all laryngectomees made him forget his concerns for the good of us all.  He was one of a kind.  On behalf of the IAL and its Board of Directors, I would like to express our sympathy to his family and friends. (George Ackerman, President, IAL)

    I really enjoyed knowing Bob and his presence in the WW will be missed I am sure. (Harry Miller)

    Among my few e-mails I had some interchange with Bob Hodge, and he was really very nice and warm and caring.  I really felt shocked when I heard he had gone.  But finally he is now, I'm sure, enjoying his whereabouts and sending his warm and heartfelt support to all of us.  We will all miss him and hope to meet with him whenever we have to go the same path. (Lourdes Bustillo)

    Bob was very special to me because we both belonged to the same support group here in Raleigh.  He was so helpful to all, and has to be admired for his courage and fortitude. (Helen Stinneford)

    He was always so positive.  Our sympathy and prayers are with his family.  He will be sorely missed by us all. (Lil and Rock Bragga)

    Bob helped me plenty of times.  He was an Angel in this life, and he is an Angel upstairs, doing what he does best. (Ethel Rodgers)

    He was a good man and did much for our organization.  May the peace of our Higher Power be with his family and be with us all at this time of loss. (Gary Hurst)

    His passing is a real loss to so many people.  My sympathy to his family. (Mary Jane Renner)

    Bob was a gentleman and a gentle man.  He had such curiosity to try everything.  He was determined to give all methods of alaryngeal speech a good try, and every AL and product, too.  Family was everything to him.  He was also so justifiably proud of the WW brochure.  It is a real fitting tribute to him since it, like him, was and is so full of hope and promise and vision of still better things to come.  He was determined to do all he knew how to do to help WW grow and I hope that all WWers who can afford to do so will write a check to help us continue to disseminate the brochure of which he was so proud. (David Blevins)

    I am Bob Hodge's sister.  What a wonderful organization he belonged to.  I have heard so many good things about you all.  Bob loved you and loved helping others.  We don't know why he had to go from us so soon - but we know he lived his life to the fullest and now he is with God, free of pain . . . talking and singing.  Praise God!  God Bless all of you. (Jerry Sullenger)

Obituary from the North Carolina News and Observer:


CARY, N.C. -- Robert Jackson Hodge, 66, of Cary died Tuesday, October 9, 2001.  Mr. Hodge was retired from IBM after 23 years of service.  He was a successful Fund Raiser for North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and an avid golfer.  Surviving are his wife, Donna L. Hodge of Cary; son, Todd Hodge of Cary; his mother and stepfather, Zula and Gilbert Tabor of Princeton, KY; sister, Jerry Sullenger and husband Eddie of Princeton, KY; nephew, David Sullenger and wife, Wendy and daughter Mary Grace of Princeton, KY.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jewell Hodge of Marion, KY.  A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2001, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road in Cary.  The family will receive friends following the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11 South Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.

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