Many remember Bobby Scheetz for his bike rides around Wissinoming. Others might recall seeing his friendly face in Frankford’s Bridget & Pratt Cafe, or walking through Northwood.
No matter how you best remember Bob Scheetz, you’ve probably got a nice story to tell about him. Bob died Sunday, and while his cause of death is unknown, we can be certain he’ll be missed.
More than 100 people (as of last night) have joined a Facebook group in Bob’s honor to celebrate his life and share their fondest memories of him.
Former St. Bart’s Principal Mike Patterson wrote: ‘Mr. Patterson I got your paper. How much Mr. Patterson?’ I said, ‘$2.’ Bobby says, ‘No, $3.” I paid Bobby for 2 years before I realized the paper was free. He was the Best. Led the Spirit Day Parade every year with an American flag. The best thing he ever said to me: ‘I pray for you, I pray for you.’ Believe me, he had the Lord’s ear. Henry David Thoreau said: On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world. God Bless you Bobby.” Rachael Kathleen Forbes said of Bob: I remember when I was a kid playing on my mom-mom’s porch…He would come by everyday and greet her by name…’Doris, Doris, I got your paper.’ She would always come out and talk with him for a few minutes. Even when I moved away I never forgot how special he was and how many people he cared for. Bobby, you will be missed…dearly, you were so special to so many people. We love you.” And Mike Wills shared this memory: 1974 I was hit by a car on Bridge Street. I was five. People put chairs across the street to block it off and Bobby was there. He used to come by the house and make sure I was okay, because everyone thought I wouldn’t make it. Thanks Bobby, we will always remember you!!!” Bobby Scheetz touched many lives over the years, and we felt the best way to show our appreciate was to give him a proper obituary. A funeral will be held Friday at St. James Lutheran Church in Northwood, followed by a graveside service at Cedar Hill [details here].
From everyone at NEast Philly, Bob, thanks for your years of kindness and countless smiles. May you rest in peace.