Topic: Robert Bridges, "violarob"
An email I received from his sister, Jenni.
If you have not already heard, I am writing to share with you the loss of my brother, Rob Bridges, Wednesday night, December 16th in Houston, TX.
I was blessed to spend the last two weeks with him, enjoying his company, helping him get things prepared and taking care of him, along with a long list of loved ones at his home here in Houston, up until the very end. He had advanced liver disease and once cancer treatment was suspended (he could no longer tolerate the treatments), the cancer moved very quickly and overcame him. Both my parents, and my sister, her husband and their two children were able to visit with him in Texas while he was still able to enjoy their company and communicate. He chose hospice care which helped to make his passing as comfortable as it could be.
There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, December 22 at 11:00am at the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal Church) in Houston, TX (9600 S Gessner Dr. Houston, TX 77071-1099, 713-774-9619). If you are so moved, in lieu of money, please send flowers as this is a spectacular church with beautiful acoustics ... which is meaningful since Rob's passion for music permeated his entire life. The aroma and beauty of the flowers would be so fitting in this context. There will be a professional quartet of his peers that will play and a group of Zen Buddhists that will chant... it will be a service that Rob would be very moved by. The memorial will also include a short list of selected people to speak of the various aspects of Rob's life and contributions. A reception with lots of photos and Rob "memorabilia" (of which you are encouraged to bring and display your favorite pieces from your own collection) will follow the service.
On a personal note, please let me deeply thank each of you, for my brother Rob, as he was so very grateful to those of you who were his friends and gave him so much joy in knowing you and sharing part of your life with him! To those of you who contributed to helping allow me to be here with him during this great time of need in his life, you will never know just how precious this time was to both of us and we can't express our combined gratitude to you...