ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one,
Robert A. Godfrey
"Barlow Bob"



Wake
Saturday June 21, 2014
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

at

McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home
385 Main Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: (516) 249 - 1303

Funeral service to immediately follow wake.

Funeral procession 1:00pm

to

Pinelawn Memorial Park
2030 Wellwood Ave
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone:(631) 249 - 6100
 

Posted by Vince Cianfichi on April 17, 2015
Just found out tonight. Barlow Bob was THE person responsible for helping me get into solar astronomy, sketching, viewing and imaging. His outgoing, persuasive and gentle personality inspired me to buy a solar telescope and be involved in the NEAF SSP for years. I will miss him, and so will my son, Vincent. Bob, we miss you. Thank you for everything, your guidance, emails, invites, dinners, and most of all, the fun solar viewing at NEAF.
-Vince Cianfichi, Moscow PA
Posted by Mark Rosengarten on August 10, 2014
I was just checking out the RAC website to see what events they had...first I saw I missed the Solar Star Party yesterday (I am one of those standing outside the RCCC gymnasium with my ultraportable solar scope set up for the attendees of NEAF) and thinking "Damn, it would have been great to see Bob!" Then my eye goes to the right and my heart sank. Such a generous heart, such a brilliant mind, such a driving force in the community...Barlow Bob was a legend in life and his loss is devastating. I'm glad I got to stand with him once more in the light of the sun but the sun's light will no longer be as bright in my eyes as his own light has gone out in this world. I will think of him every time I turn my scope sunward and every gasp of amazement at something new will be a tribute to this wonderful man. Goodbye, Robert. It was a privilege to know you.
Posted by Frank Molgano on July 15, 2014
Our world is a little dimmer without Bob's bright sun filled heart, my sympathies and blessings to Bob's family and friends. I met Bob in 1998 at the Connecticut Star Party in Colebrook, CT. Bob sent my friend and I out for cream soda in an exchange for a solar lesson (we got the better end of the deal). It was my first star party and Bob was certainly the highlight! In 2005, I brought my Boy Scout troop to the star party and Bob captivated them on the field for an hour! It was the only break I got during the whole event ;) See gallery for a few of my precious photo memories of Bob.
Posted by Marty Pepe on July 2, 2014
Bob encouraged me to attend NEAF this year for my very first time!
We demonstrated an itty bitty telescope system (image #3) to not only show the RF emissions from the Sun, but also geosynchronous satellites. My wife & I just could not believe this happened only a few months after his retirement. Clear Skies, my friend, FOREVER
MjP
Posted by Gordon Garcia on June 28, 2014
I am so very sorry to hear about Barlow Bob. We had a lot of good times at the NEAF Solar Star Party and after at the diner. NEAF will not be the same. My condolences to his family and many friends.
Posted by Erika Rix on June 27, 2014
Bob was truly one of the best. His enthusiasm and kind heart made everyone feel welcomed at NEAF, and he endlessly shared his knowledge and love of astronomy. I feel very fortunate to have known him and am thankful for the advice and encouragement he sent my way over the years. "Barlow Bob", you will be missed by all.
Posted by Alfred Zettwoch on June 24, 2014
I feel comfort in knowing that you are now with Irene and Lorraine. May you find the peace and happiness that you have always looked to the sky for.
Love,
"Uncle Al"
Posted by Ron Thompson on June 23, 2014
My sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a kind and generous man who shared his love of Solar Astronomy with everyone. He shared his "Stories" and technical articles with anyone aspiring to learn about Solar Astronomy. I miss his calls and e-mail as he was always looking to do something or share something new. My wife used to say; "That call is probably from Barlow" and she was usually right. This year at NEAF, Bob awarded me a RED hat and gave me the title of Solar Safety Manager. His added concern for the folks viewing in his "Field Of Scopes".  Miss you, my friend!
Posted by Oivind Tangen on June 23, 2014
When I first came to NEAF 15 years ago and sneaked in the back door on Friday evening, Bob was the first person I met inside. He greeted me kindly and immediately took me under his wings. He introduced me to the Nagler family and the staff at the show. I remember Bob wearing the belt with Barlow lenses that give him his nick name.
Bob was the one that introduced me to Hydrogen Alpha viewing. I remember him sitting on the lawn north of the building all alone with his scope asking people to come and have a look. The views through the Bob’o-scope was not comparable to any other scope I have looked through. This was the start of the NEAF solar star party.
Bob was the one who let me be part of his solar staff and that way I have the privilege of coming in the back door. This meant a lot to me the years I came alone from Norway to the show every year. His kind gestures was a good part of the reason I came over every year.
I will think of Bob often and will surely miss his gentle way to include everybody and to run the Solar Star Party in a quiet and effective manner.
Posted by Forrest Sumner on June 23, 2014
Barlow Bob will be sorely missed by all those that knew him and those that have not had the chance . His enthusiasm was absolute and everyone picked up that feeling. He will never be replaced.
Posted by John Raymond on June 22, 2014
Goodbye my friend, you will be missed. Bob welcomed me at my first Neaf in 2007. He was the reason I kept coming back for 7 years. He was a true gentleman. It wasn't a week after this year's Neaf that he called me with instructions and plans for the 2015 Solar Party. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Philip Levine on June 22, 2014
Barlow Bob will be missed by the countless solar observers he initiated into this addictive astronomy activity. A tireless solar viewing ambassador, and true gentleman. He helped make the Conjunction Star Party in Northfield MA very special. Condolences to his family.
Many of us, in our small way, are carrying on by sharing our solar equipment viewing experience at public outreach events.
thanks Bob,
Phil Levine
Posted by Debbie Dinan on June 21, 2014
Dear Uncle Bob,
My heart is broken by your passing. You've been a big part of my life for a long time and I will miss you very much. Long ago I had a star named for you and now I'm sure it shines brighter. I will miss your emails, pictures, phone calls and stories - Christmas will not be the same without the "Chief Elf". I love you and thank you for being part of my life.
All my love,
Debbie
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel." - Maya Angelou
Posted by Audrey Salvatore on June 20, 2014
We are so sad at Bob's passing. You will be missed by all who knew you. We will miss the many phone calls and e-mals and the fun at solar star parties. We learned so much about the sun because of Bob as did so many others. Barlow Bob's Agent amd his wife.
                  Audfey & Len
Posted by Alan Rifkin on June 20, 2014
Bob, you were our Orpheus. Will the sun ever rise again without Barlow Bob there to sing how beautiful it is? Fortunately yes, but it will never be the same. You are missed and we will think of you any time we see a sun rise or do solar viewing.
Posted by Mike Gondek on June 20, 2014
It was a true pleasure knowing Bob. He was never shy about inviting perfect strangers to take a glimpse of our sun as they've never seen it before. His enthusiasm was contagious. His demeanor always positive and welcoming. I'm sad to learn of his passing. Bob will not be forgotten. My condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by D'Arcy Owens-St.Cyr on June 20, 2014
I was very saddened to learn of Bob's passing. Quiet, Generous, Dedicated - a man with a passion for the Sun... we worked together for a number of year's and I remember the excitement he would have when he wrote another 'Barlow Bob' article and wanted to share it before he sent it in for publication. A sweet gentle soul that will be missed by many......but now will Shine brightly among the solar system he loved so much.
Posted by Donna Parkhurst on June 19, 2014
Working with Bob was a joy. He was game to try anything new. And Bob was always willing to share new stories, articles and pictures with us of his solar exploits. Occasionally Bob would bring in one of his "toys" and have show & tell with us. He was always excited to have new faces to introduce to the solar world. He would bring in some of his "toys" and send them for my oldest grandson to borrow. He so loved helping introduce kids to the stars, especially the sun. I've missed Bob since he retired. His was the first face we'd see here in the mornings. I'll still miss him, but differently now, knowing he's not alone in his new home. I smile just imagining the reunion!!
Posted by Lawrence Faltz on June 19, 2014
The Board and membership of Westchester Amateur Astronomers were saddened to learn of Barlow Bob's passing. He had a marvelous, infectious enthusiasm for solar astronomy that was most evident at NEAF, where I first got to know him. Bob truly embodied the generosity and passion of our avocation. We will miss him. We send our deepest condolences to his family.
Posted by Greg Piepol on June 19, 2014
We had many fun years of sharing the Sun together at NEAF. He always welcomed me with a smile. My best to his family. Greg Piepol
Posted by Tristan Cooper on June 19, 2014
I worked with Bob very briefly about ten years ago. He was a heck of a human being. The world is a little less bright without him. Hopefully he's amongst the stars he so loved to gaze upon.
Posted by Alan Friedman on June 19, 2014
I've had the pleasure to know Barlow Bob through many years of the NEAF Solar Star Party. He shared the sun with all his heart... a sweet and gentle man who will be missed by many.
Posted by Russell Cangialosi on June 18, 2014
Bob was truly one of the "good ones". Bob was a quiet man who had a big heart who loved life and always looked to the stars. Bob would share his knowledge of the stars with everyone he met. I hope that Bob and Irene are amoungst the stars exploring all of their wonders. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed by all.
Posted by Phil Harrington on June 18, 2014
The worldwide community of amateur astronomers lost one of the “good ones” when we lost “Barlow Bob.” Bob was tireless in his efforts to encourage people to view our Sun. He was the Johnny Appleseed of solar astronomy, sharing the excitement of the sun with thousands of visitors to the annual Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York, as well as many other meetings and conventions. His enthusiasm was contagious, and enthralled all who spoke to him, whether young or old. I was proud to know him and be able to call him my friend.

My deepest condolences to the Godfrey family at this time.
Posted by Dawn Flanigan on June 18, 2014
I will miss you Bob! The pictures you shared with me and the excitement that was in your eyes when you talked about the things you loved. You always made time for everyone, you took time to talk and that smiled you shared every morning will be truly missed. Heaven has a wonderful and kind angel up there now.
Posted by Christine MacMurray on June 18, 2014
I have a lot of very fond memories of Bob. I am grateful for having the chance to be a friend and a cubemate of Bob's. He is a truely wonderful person. We will miss you greatly. We love you. Rest in peace.
Posted by Reta Mahl on June 18, 2014
Bob, there are no words to explain the loss we feel that you are gone. You were one of the "good ones" that is for sure. I worked with you many years and have enjoyed many many conversations about the stars, your magazines, and just the stories that came with them.. I have many things around me that remind me of you.. Through out the years you have given me many trinkets and your memory will follow them and I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to have worked with you... You will be missed very much.. You may not have been blood, but you held a part in my heart and it's broken and I know in time it will heal.. You will never be forgotten.. When I look up at those stars, you will be for sure in my thoughts. Love Reta To Susanne and Family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and Bob always talked good things and cherished you. May God give you the strenght and the family to give you comfort.
Posted by Kelly Willson on June 18, 2014
Kind, Humble, Honest, Giving and Caring is what comes to mind when I remember Bob. I sure wish I had a second chance to say goodbye to a really great man. Without even knowing, Bob taught others humility by being himself. I will miss you Bob...
Posted by Jim Kendrick on June 18, 2014
We are very sad to hear about Bob's passing. I remember Bob well from NEAF and Solar Star Parties there. Luda and I wish you all the best Bob in your new life amongst the stars. Our sincerest condolences to Bob's family.
Jim and Luda Kendrick
Kendrick Astro Instruments
Posted by Tom Massey on June 18, 2014
To The Family and Friends of Bob Godfrey "Barow Bon",

We are very saddened to learn of Bob's untimely passing. Bob was a really enthusiastic amateur solar astronomer who we understand had just retired from a long caeer with Bank of NY. It is really, really unfortunate that he did not have more retirement time to persue his very favorite activities after retirement. Please accept our deepest condolences at his passing. We will niss him at all the events that we have met him over these many years. May his enthusiasm for what he loved be continued in his name by his good friends and fellow amateur astronomers. Bob's friendly attitude and unwavering positive outlook will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. 

Sincerely, Tom and Jane Massey
Posted by Tom Duggan on June 18, 2014
Condolences to Bob's family and friends.

I enjoyed working with Bob at the various NEAFs I worked. He was enthusiastic beyond compare and friendly to all.

As was said, we lost one of the good ones...RIP and Clear Skies, Bob
Posted by Ron Mittelstaedt on June 18, 2014
Though I have drifted away from solar astronomy, I will always remember the times spent with Bob and what he taught me about observing the sun. He was gracious enough to sell me his first Daystar solar filter that I mostly used to introduce the public to the pleasures of observing our nearest star.
Posted by Steve Rismiller on June 18, 2014
I met Bob at NEAF many years ago when he showed me the sun with his equipment. He was the most easy person to talk with. I always looked forward to renewing our friendship every other year that I attended NEAF. I feel proud to have one of the famous Yellow t-shirts and caps. I will miss those Sunday evening phone calls and the e-mails of solar observing and equipment reviews. He will be missed by many.

Steve and Sue Rismiller
Posted by Ashley Zagyva on June 18, 2014
I know you are up there closer to the sun enjoying the view with the Mrs. I can see a big smile and the joy all over your face. I can hear your sayings as Mr. Higgins recalls “Eh, what can I say? What are ya gonna do…”. You have been missed at work and will be dearly missed in life. Now it's time to relax, enjoy all the beautiful views from above and the wonderful company that you join.

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”
- Napoleon

“We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on..
-John Lennon
Posted by Suzanne Potoma on June 18, 2014
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

Bob,
I hope you encounter new experiences that give you great joy and provide infinite suns to view.

Love always,
Suzanne
Posted by Fibber Magee on June 18, 2014
Bob,

We will miss you, at AstroFest.
May the mint always be on your pillow.

Fibber & Sally Magee

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Posted by Vince Cianfichi on April 17, 2015
Just found out tonight. Barlow Bob was THE person responsible for helping me get into solar astronomy, sketching, viewing and imaging. His outgoing, persuasive and gentle personality inspired me to buy a solar telescope and be involved in the NEAF SSP for years. I will miss him, and so will my son, Vincent. Bob, we miss you. Thank you for everything, your guidance, emails, invites, dinners, and most of all, the fun solar viewing at NEAF.
-Vince Cianfichi, Moscow PA
Posted by Mark Rosengarten on August 10, 2014
I was just checking out the RAC website to see what events they had...first I saw I missed the Solar Star Party yesterday (I am one of those standing outside the RCCC gymnasium with my ultraportable solar scope set up for the attendees of NEAF) and thinking "Damn, it would have been great to see Bob!" Then my eye goes to the right and my heart sank. Such a generous heart, such a brilliant mind, such a driving force in the community...Barlow Bob was a legend in life and his loss is devastating. I'm glad I got to stand with him once more in the light of the sun but the sun's light will no longer be as bright in my eyes as his own light has gone out in this world. I will think of him every time I turn my scope sunward and every gasp of amazement at something new will be a tribute to this wonderful man. Goodbye, Robert. It was a privilege to know you.
Posted by Frank Molgano on July 15, 2014
Our world is a little dimmer without Bob's bright sun filled heart, my sympathies and blessings to Bob's family and friends. I met Bob in 1998 at the Connecticut Star Party in Colebrook, CT. Bob sent my friend and I out for cream soda in an exchange for a solar lesson (we got the better end of the deal). It was my first star party and Bob was certainly the highlight! In 2005, I brought my Boy Scout troop to the star party and Bob captivated them on the field for an hour! It was the only break I got during the whole event ;) See gallery for a few of my precious photo memories of Bob.
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Shared by Philip Levine on June 18, 2014

We lost a very good friend, Robert Godfrey, Barlow Bob, was one of a kind.  A great ambassador for solar astronomy.  He got me started in solar observing one summer at the Northfield Conjunction star party.  Incredibly generous spending time with those new to solar astronomy.  Bob said he would send me solar info via email, and made good on his promise big time, he helped this newbie get started.  Must be infectious because now I go to solar public outreach with my refractor/h-alpha filter and carry on sharing the views with others.

Barlow Bob. Definitely one of a kind!

Shared by Charles Higgins on June 18, 2014

We first met Bob in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn at Suffern in the early days of the NEAF, where he had setup his solar scope. That’s where we got our first look at the Sun, and were instantly hooked by the view and his enthusiasm. Since that day Bob is solely responsible for inspiring us to observe and learn more about our nearest star.

After 9-11 we were blessed to become close friends with Bob when he moved to Utica, NY. We’ve enjoyed many “solar star parties” with him at our home, and uncountable cups of coffee together while chatting about his latest project, an article he read, or a new gizmo he was thinking about purchasing. For anyone who knows him, you won’t be surprised to hear that he also joined the local astronomy club (MVAS) and supported club events, as he did with so many other clubs.

Bob’s passion for selflessly sharing his astronomy equipment and knowledge is known around the world, and became his mission in life. He did it well, and never asked for anything in return. In today’s world it is easy to be cynical about the self-centered and “what’s in it for me” attitude that we sometimes see in people. Bob is the shining example of the polar opposite of that – he was one of the few people willing to give 200% to others, in word and deed.

For us, it was such a joy to see the pleasure and contentment on his face as people stepped up to take a look through his many scopes while exclaiming “Oh Wow!”, or to hear the excitement in his voice when he phoned to report an article of his was published in a magazine or online. For Bob that was his reward, and is a testament to his generosity and dedication.

Speaking about his collection of astronomy equipment, Bob always referred to them as his “toys”. He’d faithfully transport them to astronomy events throughout the northeast in his ever-trusty van he nicknamed “Little Billy.” When he’d arrive and open the hatchback of Little Billy, we always got such a laugh out of seeing the huge pile of stuff inside. It would take him 30 minutes just to unload it all :-) Then he’d meticulously setup his MANY gadgets – the infamous “Bob-O-Scope”, Coronado CaK scope, Herschel wedge, spectroscopy equipment, Sunspotter to name just a few items. Of course, we can’t forget his trademark, the Barlow Bob Solar Star Chart which he dutifully customized with the local R.A. and DEC coordinates.

By the way – as a result of knowing and observing with the infamous Barlow Bob, we’ve purchased a Coronado filter, Hershel wedge, and white light filters. You likely know what we’re talking about, and have done the same :-).  We’ve often joked with Bob that he should have received a sales commission from vendors for all the equipment people have bought over the years due to his outreach efforts.  

It’s hard to imagine a future without regular Barlow Bob phone calls to his many friends, lots of emails, his fun and informational articles (Barlow Bob’s Corner), observing sessions, clever ideas for projects and outreach materials, and pictures. He’ll always be remembered fondly for his generosity, dedication, and unpretentious manner. There will never be anyone who can fill his shoes, though we hope his long list of friends will join us to honor his memory and carry on his mission.  

When the many waves of sadness hit us, we can smile as we remember Barlow Bob’s own words when things would get tough - “Eh, what can I say? What are ya gonna do…”

Bob was a gentleman, and was truly a  gentle  man. Although we will miss him so much, we take comfort in thinking about his happy reunion with his beloved Irene.

Rest in peace dear friend, and thank you.

Chuck and Carol Higgins