It’s with a heavy heart that we must announce the news that Bob Callard passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Despite our grief, we know that he has moved on to a better place and has been reunited with Monika, the love of his life. Bob was a true American, a unique and strong individual who was as comfortable flying a B-25 bomber as he was engineering a skyscraper, windsurfing at Miramonte, dominating the Hillside handball court, or navigating by the stars, sailing along through his rich life. His wisdom, experience, perspective and most importantly, his willingness to share it with all of us will certainly be missed, but more than anything, cherished for eternity. Knowing that it is off season, and so many of Bob’s friends are taking a break from our dead-end canyon, we figured a letter to the editor might get the word out and allow all of us to mix up an Old Fashioned cocktail and raise our glasses to Uncle Bob, just as he would expect. Funeral services have yet to be scheduled, but we anticipate a tribute of sorts to be held in Telluride sometime in November.
We’ll certainly miss one of the smartest, humblest, happy-go-lucky men to ever hike, survey, ski, fish, or sail through our valley.
On behalf of the Callards and Catsmans, a hearty “cheers” to Uncle Bob, and may the next round be as rich as the last round.
Bob Callard was preceded in death by his wife, Monika, in 2003; he is survived by Jim Callard, of Durango; Jeff Callard, of Tulsa Okla.; Gene Farris of Palatine, Ill., Ruth Callard of Seattle, Wash.; and by Monika’s sister, Telluride resident Terry Catsman, and the Catsman family.