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The Passing of Bob Coker

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It is with great sadness that I tell of the passing of our beloved friend Bob Coker. I received word from his wife Linda yesterday that he wasn't doing well and I had planned to go see him today. He passed away early this morning, around 2 am. 

I will post the arrangements as I learn them. 

Gods speed, cod. 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

It is with great sadness that I tell of the passing of our beloved friend Bob Coker. I received word from his wife Linda yesterday that he wasn't doing well and I had planned to go see him today. He passed away early this morning, around 2 am. 

I will post the arrangements as I learn them. 

God speed, cod. 

 Oh no!!!  I'm glad you got to visit him a few weeks ago!  I was glad to have met him, and honored to sit and listen to the stories of times past.   He said one time he wished some of his old friends were still alive so he could prove them wrong and show how well he'd done for himself.  I guess he'll get to tell them now.  Rest in Peace Bob!

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Godspeed my friend. For 3 years, actually the last three he attended Hershey, I would sit and talk with him for a couple hours.  He also helped me with seats for my 47’ convertible.  What a loss to everyone. Please convey our condolences to his wife and family.

 

Matt

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An absolutely amazing individual who will be very missed. Here is Bob At Charlotte AutoFair in 2011 winning Best of Autofair with the Famous '54 Landau5a045c36494e2_110410Autofair060.thumb.JPG.a556804f0b85994c0b487956b2d2fe61.JPG

 

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A sad day for the family,friends and the Club. If ever soneone deserves to rest in peace, its surely "Uncle"  Bob. Our sincere condolences to all the above.

John & Linda

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It has been a few years since I have seen Bob at a BCA National meet, but that is where I first met him and every year after we would meet and talk for a while.

He was a great friend, if I am allowed to call him that, and a true asset to the BCA and automotive collectors.

So sorry to hear we lost another great one.

RIP Bob

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I met Bob at the Ames National meet then at Fall Hershey 2010 where I found his spot and we sat and talked for 2 hours in the nice fall sun of Pennsylvania.  It was a good day. 

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Sad to hear of his passing . He had a very large family and will be missed .

He also had a very large Buick family of friends .

He touch a lot of use with his friendliness .

Bill

 

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He was a guy you could sit and talk with for hours.  Great teller of stories and experiences of life, and a friendly helper to fellow car owners.  Rest in peace!

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Thanks for the good times my friend, you were more like a brother than a friend.

 

They told him three and a half years ago he would likely not make it til Thanksgiving. Every year that passed he'd always exclaim "Hell they forgot tell me WHICH Thanksgiving"  Sadly it looks like it is this one.  Another favorite "If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself"  and  "I didn't mean to get old, it just crept up on me" 

 

Bob- Turn left

Me - But the GPS lady said turn right

Bob - &%*$(*# the GPS lady turn left

Bob, 10 miles down the road - Why are you going back where we just came from, you need to listen to the GPS lady.

 

Below are some rare photos, you had to either catch him off guard or beg this guy to pose for a picture

 

 

always that devilish grin...

 

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and you could never take your eye off him.....

 

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PROGOOFOFF, a true BUICKMAN if ever there was one

 

 

 

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The Toys  

 

 

 

 

 

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Lamar,

 

Thanks so much for the photos.  I almost forgot about the Great Race experience.  rest in Peace, Bob.

 

John Scheib 

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This is a sad time for the AACA and the BCA family I meet Bob at the Great Race that came to the AACA Museum for a over night  stop.

Rest in peace Bob

Al Storrs

 

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Saturdays service was very nice. The American flag draped the coffin, he received the Twenty-one gun salute, taps was played in the distance and the flag was presented to his wife Linda. Combined with the fact it was Veterans day, a very honoring and solemn ceremony. 

I relayed all of y'all's condolences to Linda and let her know to please call if there is anything I or any of the club can do for her.

 

I finally got to meet his lifelong friend JR, whom I had heard many stories from Bob about their many wild escapades while in the Army. He also accompanied Bob in the Great Race a couple times. That is him on the left. Dennis, the guy in the middle was also a longtime friend and use to accompany Bob to Hershey. And you all know the cod on the right. 

 

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I was able to catch a few pictures from the large monitor that was streaming pictures, most I had never seen before. I recall seeing one picture of him in his house once,  taken when he was young and exclaiming to Bob, "Damn Bob, I thought you've just always been old".

 

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and here's that devilish smile again V

 

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Just to finally let you all know where the term that many of you have been called by Bob came from.  Colonel Charles Codman was General George W Pattons senior aide or right hand man during World War II. Somewhere along the line, Bob learned that Pattons nickname for Colonel Codman was "Cod".  Hence if you were ever referred to as "Cod" by Bob, it would have been in the highest regard, as Codman was highly respected by Patton. 

Now you know the rest of the story. :)

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Rest in Peace Bob-

your "Landau" is in good hands down here,

... and now I can appreciate your calling me "Cod"

 

You have been a real asset to BCA and to AACA

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