City suffers a loss with Bob Small's sudden passing

Posted by Ralph Routon on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Bob Small: huge loss to the community
  • Bob Small: huge loss to the community

Our city is powered by many wonderful people who often work behind the scenes to make huge differences to local organizations and individuals.

Bob Small has been one of those people.

In his role as associate director of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Small has always made the extra effort to make the local philanthropic and nonprofit scene thrive.

And since 2003, Bob and his wife Beth have built many more friendships in a different way, as owners of The Wine Store on 523 S. Cascade Ave.

Sadly, though, all those references have to become past tense now. Last Sunday, Small suffered a major heart attack, reportedly after a typical (for him) bicycle run that kept him in great physical shape. Friday afternoon, he passed away at the age of 61.

Following is a letter sent out late Friday from Michael Hannigan, executive director of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation:

Today at about 4:20 pm, my close friend and wonderful colleague, Bob Small, passed away. Bob suffered a massive heart attack last Sunday, and never regained consciousness. A good, good man of integrity and tremendous generosity…we will miss him so much.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they strive to understand this sudden and completely unexpected end to Bob’s life.

I will be in touch as we know more about a memorial celebration of Bob’s life. Please forward this email to those who may have known Bob.

With best regards to you all,

Michael Hannigan

Independent publisher John Weiss worked with Bob through the IndyGive! campaign, which is a project of the foundation's Community Fund.

“Our heart goes out to Bob and his whole family, including all his non-related kin at PPCF," Weiss said. "Bob, always caring and a great listener, got needed things done. Everyone who knows him feels emptier for his passing."

We will post more information about services as it comes available.

Bob Small with his wife Beth at The Wine Store.
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  • Bob Small with his wife Beth at The Wine Store.

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I read a lot of papers.....and oh how I wish we could get coverage of neat people like Mr. Smith before the only awareness we get is an obit.....

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Posted by OldCrank on 02/05/2012 at 11:29 AM

We'll miss you dearly Bob!!!!!! Your friends at UpaDowna.

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Posted by Randi Hitchcock on 02/05/2012 at 3:03 PM

Being far apart through the years does not mean our love for you was gone. A great cousin who in the family willl be sadly missed. Prayers to all Judy Caldarelli, cousin

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Posted by Judith Caldarelli on 02/08/2012 at 9:49 AM

To Bob's family--Your life was taken away far too soon. We remember the good times growing up in Keene NH with our famiies getting together for fun times. Gramp and Gram Small's house was always so much fun..Please know that our prayers are with all of you.
Esther Norris, Cousin

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Posted by Esther Norris on 02/09/2012 at 2:10 PM

I never caught this story when it first broke. As a long-time customer, and then eventual friend to both Bob and Beth, he'll be sorely missed. A toast in your memory Bob!

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Posted by EPP on 02/26/2012 at 1:50 PM

Bob and I swam on the Dolphins swim team at the Keene YMCA during the 60's. We also grew up in the same neighborhood off Court St. Bob was a really neat kid and it sounds like he grew up to be an adult who was admired by a lot of people. He is someone I will never forget. May all of your memories be of some comfort to you in the months to come.
Susan Campbell - New Acres Rd.- Keene.

Posted by Susan Campbell on 03/22/2012 at 7:13 AM
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