In 1975 while being transferred to N.A.S. Willow Grove, our family moved into Mt Laurel, New Jersey and we lived on Masonville Rd. Three house up the street Lived Bob And Sam Schippers. They were about the same ge as Kathy and and we became good friends. They had a son and daughter also That would be Kyle and Kegan. Our families became very close and we did a lot of things together. Bob was a New Jersey State Trooper. and they had bought this old house on the road and it was an ongoing project, but the one thing bob taught me was the way he did things. He bought the best so it would last a lifetime. sometime when i am confronted with buying the cheaper version Bob comes to mine and i usually make the right decision. It happened yesterday when i was looking at a jacket for sale, i was looking at one that was cheaper but not exactly what i wanted. i could almost hear bob saying “you know that is not the one you want, so why get it”. It is funny, the things you remember about someone. I was on the Masonville Rescue squad for a while and we would get called out in the middle of the night to the turnpike for a rescue and there would be Bob. He told me one time ” Hi neighbor, couldn’t let you sleep through the night if i was awake”. If you met Bob you wouldn’t think he had a sense of humor , but he did. Bob and i where Chimney Sweeps together and we would spend a lot of Saturdays cleaning chimneys. We wore the top hats and tails. Sam passed earl, but Bob and i always remained in touch. I talked to him just 24 hours before he Passed.
Bob was a good and honest man. What more can you say than that. RIP my friend and i will think of you often.
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