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.
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...
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)
I met Señor 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
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.
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.
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.