On December 26, 2022, Robert Waskowicz, aka “Bob the Bookman,” peacefully passed away at age 74. His beloved wife, best friend, and fellow outlaw, Patience Waskowicz, aka “Bobby’s girl,” never left his side. Fittingly, Bob and Patience spent their last day together listening to the Beatles just like they spent their first days together listening to records.
As my family and I grapple with this devastating loss, I am reminded of my daughter Finley’s favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz, (pap-pap spent countless hours discussing the finer points of the film with her) and the line: “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others,” because Bob was loved like no other. He was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest, and most patient person to walk across this universe. Bob was always his true, authentic self and, in turn, we all felt safe to be our true, authentic selves with him. Bob was passionate about books. This translated into decades of success as a book seller and proud owner of his used bookstore—"The Book Experience.” He shared his love of the written word with everyone he met.
Bob will forever be loved and missed by his daughters, Cassidy and Tiff, his son-in-law, Peter, the lights of his life, his grandkids—Miles, Gideon, Isaac, and Finley—his other half, Patience, and his sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers, cousins, and friends. Family was everything to him.
I will close with the way our dad/our pap-pap would sign off on letters to us: “What is my life without your love?” (George Harrison).
- Tiff Waskowicz (Dad, we all love you forever and ever).