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December 19, 2006




yes. this is how they live on. this is how they will stay with us forever. the ripples spread far and wide, don't they?

i wish i had met bob, but i know you, and that is proof enough of his greatness.

been thinking of you and your family very often. sending all my love and warm thoughts to you, stewf.


It is with great sadness that I learned of your father’s passing. As I’m convinced that a man’s children tell us a lot about the man himself, knowing you makes me assume it’s safe to say he was a good man and father. I deeply regret your loss.

Though I’m not a religious person at all, I know your father will live on -- in your heart and mind, and that of countless others. It’s up to you now. Take good care of him, Stewf.


I'm amazed at how the childhood photos of your father look so much like you. I love you and your family.

Rob Wells

It was really a beautiful service yesterday.

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give is that listening to you and your siblings talk about your father really made me want to be a better dad--more like Bob.

Mike Schawel

We pass as all things do
Nature breathes and there is life anew




I'm very sorry for your loss. Reading your post I feel like I know your dad just a little. I'm sorry I never got to meet him.



What is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

-Kahlil Gibran

I love you, Stewf, and you're in my thoughts, today and very often lately.


Stewf, thank you for posting all of this. It was beautiful to read and very moving. I can see from reading Matt's words that Robert Coles was a great man, and I think that his legacy is a blessing to all of his loved ones. Because you are who you are in many ways because of him, I consider you fortunate :)


Dawn, by WCW

Ecstatic bird songs pound
the hollow vastness of the sky
with metallic clinkings
beating color up into it
at a far edge, beating it, beating it
with rising, triumphant ardor,
stirring it into warmth,
quickening in it a spreading change,
bursting wildly against it as
dividing the horizon, a heavy sun
lifts himself - is lifted -
bit by bit above the edge
of things, runs free at last
out into the open! lumbering
glorified in full release upward -
songs cease.

But I am more than dust and ashes: I am my best part, I am my soul.
—John Donne, Devotions



I am so sorry for you and your family's loss, Stewf. Clearly and lovingly, your father had a tremendous impact and influence on you that will continue to keep his spirit close to you and all those who loved him.

Steve S.

Stewf, your and Matt's tributes are perfect. You have left behind a deep and moving sketch of your dad, and I am glad to have met him a couple of times during the Chrony years and when Kerry and I lived in Canyon Road ward with them more recently. My condolences. You are a good son. (Which means he was a good dad.) - Steve

Ken Rice

I knew Bob slightly in the 70's and remember visiting the basement office of utah Holiday. What I'm wondering about is if Bob was also a photographer. I recently acquired an 11x14 print of the Great Salt Lake (actually some of the salt ponds) under a late afternoon cloudy sky. The mat is marked, "Bob Coles." I wondered if it was the same Bob. Thanks,

Stephen Coles

Hi Ken. Great find! I can't be certain it's my Dad's photo, but it's likely. He took hundreds of landscape shots around SLC and the Intermountain West and although he never had an exhibition or sold them publicly he often gave them to friends as gifts.

John Mulcock

I never knew this man I believe I was related to him. We share a common Great grandfather, Joseph John Coles who is picture in the colection of picture of the website. Joseph John coles was the Mother of Annie Maud Coles who married Sidney Earnest Mulcock, my grandfather. It is my hope that someone reading this might lead my farther in the direction of Joseph John Coles ancestory, possibly to his parents, John Coles and Mary Hodges, origin.
My name is John Mulcock
My phone number is 510 490-2232.

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