“That’s how wishes came to us, from hospitals, from schools, from nurses,” he said. An early version of an answering machine, the “record-a-call” was set up in Bob’s spare bedroom. In the early days, his spare bedroom was the organization’s headquarters. But as word spread and more and more children were referred to the program, it became apparent to Bob that a move was necessary to cement the local chapter’s future.
“Moving Make-A-Wish out of his home in Tacoma and into an office in Seattle was probably one of the most formative decisions in the organization’s early history,” said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “It took courage, trust and risk. That was Bob.”
Bob made phone calls, raised money, met with families and did anything else that was needed to make wishes come true. He was a trustee on the local chapter Board of Directors and also served on the National Make-A-Wish Board.
Make-A-Wish is mourning Bob’s passing on February 14, 2018. “We will forever be grateful to Bob for his leadership, vision, passion and commitment to laying the foundation for the organization we have become today,” said McConnell. Bob not only leaves the legacy he began as one of our founders, but also as a Legacy of WishesSM donor committed to making wishes come true even after his death through a planned gift.