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Bob "Senor" Raecke

 


MasterMichael

Sep 18, 2011, 9:20 PM
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Bob "Senor" Raecke D6934 went in this afternoon 9/18/2011 at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures in Gansevoort, NY.

BSBD.

Fly free Senor.


Airman1270  (A 9459)

Sep 19, 2011, 5:41 AM
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NO!

Bob taught me the FJC, jumpmastered my first jump in 1982, my first freefall, several other student jumps, then signed me off instruction. I haven't jumped near Albany since early '87 but have always wanted to visit again & see/jump w/him. Damn.

What happened?

Jon Schaeffer
Kennesaw, GA


jkbernstein  (D 29379)

Sep 19, 2011, 6:48 AM
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There's a thread in Incidents about it, but information is minimal. He came out of his harness in freefall; the speculation is that is was suicide.

Senor was a longtime teacher, mentor, coach and friend. He was a fixture at many different dropzones, includes Mohawk Valley Skydiving, Vermont Skydiving Adventures, and The Blue Sky Ranch. He was deeply loved and touched many lives. His death is hitting the jumping community here in the Northeast very hard. There a facebook group, RIP Senor, for anyone who is interested...


NovaTTT  (D 17887)

Sep 19, 2011, 8:14 AM
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What a shock.

His epitaph? "You will be missed by so many, Senor"


Frown

BSBD

Nova


gtschaub

Sep 20, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Please visit "RIP Senor" on Facebook


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Sep 21, 2011, 2:05 PM
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This is unfortunate. News reports say it was suicide. Unsure








Premier Meso
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Sep 22, 2011, 2:38 AM
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Just a reminder to users that the memorial forum should remain respectful and while discussion on the cause of death is acceptable, please remember this thread is about the individual and is dedicated to their lives, not the politics of their passing.


(This post was edited by Meso on Sep 22, 2011, 2:40 AM)


jpgoggin

Sep 22, 2011, 8:56 AM
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I met Seor in the '90s when I was working for some weeks in Schenectady and jumping at Duanesburg in the evenings. Bob was a nice guy, fun to jump with, and went out of his way to be nice to me when I was visiting. He will be missed.
Jamie


gtschaub

Sep 22, 2011, 12:15 PM
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Join us for a special event
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193979480675540

Follow the link for details.


Airman1270  (A 9459)

Sep 22, 2011, 3:32 PM
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This morning I posted "Case o' beer." My post has been removed. Why?

Bob taught me this sport. He was the first person with a name & face that I got to know as a student. In my young newbie mind he was the quintessential skydiver. I always looked up to & respected him.

Several years ago SKYDIVING magazine ran a reader response question that asked "Is there anyone with whom you'd like to jump?" (I paraphrase.) I did not respond, but I almost sent in his name. He followed me out on my final student dive & signed me off instruction. We never had a chance to jump together after that.

Bob taught me about "case of beer" rules. Last weekend's incident would qualify. Bob would think this comment was funny.

Cheers,
Jon


MasterMichael

Sep 23, 2011, 12:12 PM
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Bob's obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=robert-e-raecke&pid=153767518


jsreznor  (C 38889)

Sep 26, 2011, 9:04 AM
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RIP man. Did a whole bunch of video for you in the cold cold spring this year at the Ranch. Blue skies.


NovaTTT  (D 17887)

Sep 26, 2011, 1:26 PM
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Misternatural  (B License)

Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 AM
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Years ago, I remember that he was making people laugh at a local DZ by going around saying "NOICE!" and "Night-Nude-Downwind-Landings!" in a racetrack announcers voice- which was funny as hell... that and the fact that he showed up in a station wagon with a mannequin skydiver on the roof reinforced my notion as a noob that skydiving has some great characters in it. Sorry for all the peeps who really knew him.


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Sep 28, 2011, 12:29 PM
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The station wagon was -- as I remember it from Mohawk Valley-- a stretch limo. I think he was part of the group when they brought it to Jumptown a couple of years. I think I also saw him at Vermont Skydiving Adventures a few years ago.
As noted, a great and funny guy.

HW


mkp033  (C 41610)

Jul 18, 2012, 4:53 PM
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It is a honor to have shared the skies with such a knowlegeable instructor. I hope to visit the Ranch and catch up with the MVS crew soon.
Attachments: senor 2.jpg (67.7 KB)


Airman1270  (A 9459)

Sep 19, 2012, 5:05 AM
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Thought about Bob yesterday. Has it been a year already?

Cheers,
Jon


shibu  (B 37474)

Oct 3, 2012, 12:28 PM
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I just heard about this recently. I made my first tandem with Bob at Duanesburg. I hope he knows how much joy he brought to so many.

RIP.



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