Robert (Bob) Lawrence passed away at the age of 86 on December 12 after living a full and happy life. As a representative of the Community of Christ Church that was home to the original founders of Second Harvest Food Bank, Bob was a passionate advocate for people living in poverty.
Bob brought his passion and concern for the less fortunate to the table. No doubt that the food bank’s foundation is solid when you consider he brought the type of character required to serve in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He flew fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and was the recipient of a Bronze Star.
Bob knew the food bank was the right thing to do. He was a visionary in many ways, and always looked toward growing the mission of the Food Bank. Bob’s legacy lives on in Second Harvest’s impact. Bob, thank you for your inspiration to enable us to provide 53 million meals last year. Thank you for providing hope that lives on today.
Here’s a poem that was shared in his memory:
By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I have climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and
soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with
Where never lark nor eagle ever flew.
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
We celebrate his life along with his family and many friends. Bob lives on as a significant part of Second Harvest history.