2012-02-25 / Editorials & Letters

Bob Weldon thanked

Editor,

On Valentine’s Day last week Bob Weldon stepped on to the Millersport High School gym floor to coach his last home basketball game. For 30 years basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches have come and gone and the one constant in all those seasons of transition was Bob Weldon.

Bob coached more than high school basketball in our community. All year round Bob nurtured and groomed boys and girls into well-rounded human beings. It was biddy soccer, biddy basketball and t-ball.

I have known Bob for over 20 of those years and had the opportunity to watch our sons (as well as many other kids) grow up to be fine young men and women. All of them carry part of Bob’s teaching and guidance with them.

Through most of the journey, his wife, Barb, travelled it with him, celebrating the highs and suffering the lows that are the life of a high school coach. It will be strange not seeing Bob on the court in the future and I doubt any one person will coach basketball at Millersport for the next 30 years in a row. Those kinds of coaches are a thing of the past.

I am blessed to count Bob as a friend of mine and I am thankful that my son had Bob as a coach and mentor for 13 years in one capacity or another. It is people like Bob Weldon that make our area a great place to live and raise kids. Thank you, Bob, for all those years.

Vince Popo
Lieb’s Island

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