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From: "Jim Richardson" <namvet68@centurytel.net>
To: <mark.d.n@comcast.net>, <cga72@amajn.com>
Subject: Re: fr Jim McCarthy - Bob passing the bar.
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 04:15:47 +0000

Tiger and Class,

Bob Innes was a man's man who wanted to walk on the wild side. I remember
one night he button holed me and asked about combat in Vietnam. I told him
straight up what little I knew about it. I mean what little compared to
looking into a SEALs eyes and seeing true honor in the face of death and
horror. They received many Medals of Honor but the ones I served with in
1968 and 1975 were strong, smart and capable but haunted.

Last night I also experienced a loss as my nephew in tears to inform us
his best friend was killed in Afganistan with eight others as they were
overrun by Taliban extremists. Fifteen more soldiers were wounded.

I shared with him that when I was in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of
1968, America was shipping home 500 dead servicemen every week. He was not
consoled.

Bob Innes was a reflection of what true men represent. I think most
highly of him and those willing to go into harm's way for what they believe
is protecting their loved ones. He did. He is a true patriot by my
defintion. I salute his memory and pray I will meet him on the other side of
this short and often trouble prone life where people resort to war to get
more...and more

Jim Richardson
206-567-5220


From: sbeasleyot@aol.com
To: mark.d.n@comcast.net
Subject: Re: CGA72 - Your new email address
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 02:28:42 +0000
Hi Mark,
I just arrived back home tonight to check my email after being at the hospital today for the birth of my/our granddaughter, Ellie Savannah Beasley. Her middle name is in honor of Hampton's birthplace, and I think she is such an angel she surely got a chance to know him before she arrived here today. How very bittersweet to learn of Bob's passing and the loss to his family and classmates - it truly is a circle of life and I hope that happier times that were spent in his company can someday balance out the sadness.

I'm glad Gil was able to give you my new email - I had recently sold our home in NJ to move to VA and lost my email contacts when the internet service was discontinued.

My condolences to you all,
Sue


7/17/08 - fr Mark Noll - Here is a comment from Bob when Bil Fels crossed the bar:


(Bob Innes' quote was edited and provided to D11 by Gordo Hanson.).


From: McCarthy, James <James.F.McCarthy@uscg.mil>
Subject: RE: Bob Innes passed the bar.
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:32:57 +0000

Dear Peggy and Classmates,

My heart took an earthquake toll today when I learned about Bob passing the bar.

You see, I was Bob's first Academy "wife". I have read all the posts on the CGA'72 website and while I can not remember much of my SWAB summer days in Section 2 with Bob and Ed Dennehy and his PPO Mike Paulick, I always wondered how a boy from the desert ever heard of the Coast Guard. Some of you may not know this but Bob came to the Academy at around 210-220 pounds. And it was during our summer "fun" indoctrination program that Bob slimmed down and lost a few pounds (about 65) that earned him his nickname as "Skinny Innie." Bob and I went through summer hell together and while I have a difficult time remembering those Academy days so long ago, I do know that I will never forget Bob's good humor and smiles.

Very Respectfully,
Jim
"Tiger"

   


7/16/08 - from Dean Harder <deanharder@cox.net>
Subject: Re: CGA72 - Innes funeral changes & Eagle pics
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:24:46 +0000
Hi Mark - Like everyone else I'm truly saddened by the loss of another classmate. I have fond memories of Bob at the academy. Our paths never crossed after that. I was surprised to learn that he was in New Orleans.
  
Since Feb 06 I've worked for a company that contracts with FEMA for disaster recovery work. In fact I've been in Louisiana working the Katrina recovery since then. I'm demobilizing on 8/1 and returning to our Prescott, AZ home for a well deserved break. My wife also recently began working for the same company and will be deployed later in August for the midwest flood recovery. This will work well for us with the idea being to get synched up for depolyment together.  I may get the call in Oct to join her. After that we expect to work maybe 6- 9 months and then take a break before next years hurricane season. The goal will be to work for 6-9 months at a time and then take 3-6 months off.
   
How are you doing after your long surgery recovery bout? I'll be having rotator cuff repair surgery myself when I get home, but it will be nothing compared to your situation. - Dean


From: Peggie Ford Cosgrove <peggiecosgrove@mac.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:09:26 +0000
Thanks, Mark, that's very kind of you.

In addition introducing me to Bob, the Coast Guard gave me friends who became like brothers to me. Some for just the Academy years, others for a lifetime.

They include, but are not limited to Tommy Paar, Bruce McCurdy, Chris Oberst, John Giglio, Clay Fust, Jay Terveen, Wayne Ogle, Bob Mueller, Kevin Scheid, Joe Kyle . . . and many others who were some of Inness' many wives -- and I mean that in the Chase Hall, not the Biblical, sense.


Peggie

P.S. Note to Kevin Scheid:  The single raid I and four of my friends from Connecticut College coordinated on Chase Hall was on a weeknight (to minimize detection) and consisted of posting silly signs and covering trees and gates with toilet paper. Amazing to me, but probably not to you, the doors of Chase Hall were unlocked in the dead of night. So in we tiptoed in to visit a couple of people for a grand total of about five minutes. And we tiptoed out again, stifling our laughter until we were safely back on College property.

I don't think Innes was ever on weekend restriction when I knew him, although he might have been marching tours at the direction of a superior who didn't like the smirk that was frequently found on his face at "The Zoo." I'd like to think that I had a salubrious effect on his behavior. I know he certainly didn't want to lose his weekend privileges : )


From: Peggie Ford Cosgrove <peggiecosgrove@mac.com>
Subject:
Changes in times for Innes funeral arrangements;
              directions to two reception sites

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 22:57:59 +0000

Gentlemen:

Bob's sisters Jeanne and Robin have given me the following updates:

1. Visitation hours have been changed. They are now 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate people arriving in the early evening.

2. At 7:30 p.m., we will reassemble for a full dinner at Bellissimos, 330 Merrick Road, Amityville NY. Tel. 631-598-2229. It is three miles from the funeral home. You can try Googling it or calling for directions - otherwise we'll figure it out at the funeral home. We will be there for a few hours, so don't be shy if you're running late and miss the viewing. Please come to the restaurant. Bob's sisters Jeanne Innes Davis and Robin Innes will be our hosts. We will be celebrating Bob's life in a way that would make him smile.

3. For those of you who would like to say a few prayers and a final farewell to Bob and join in the procession from the funeral home to the church on Friday morning, please be at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Otherwise, go directly to the church and be seated before 9:45 a.m., when Mass begins.

4. The funeral home will provide driving directions to Calverton National Cemetery, which is 1 hour away in Calverton, Long Island, New York. We will be having lunch at the Village Cross, 3725 Mill Country Road, Calverton. tel. xxx-xxx-xxxx. The restaurant is at the corner of Middle Country Road and Edwards Avenue, where you will find a traffic signal. Our hosts at lunch will be Michael T. Innes and Mrs. Rebecca Fick, Bob's son and former wife, respectively.

Robin's cell is xxx-xxx-xxxx; mine is xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Call if your side-scan radar fails, your GPS goes down, or you're just plain lost!

Peggie


From: "Kevin Scheid" <Scheidmiwa@comcast.net>
Subject: RE: CGA72 - Bob Innes Memorial
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:45:21 +0000

Peggy and Classmates,

Although I don’t have the eloquent words to express this loss like all my verbally talented classmates, let me just say as an engineer my feeling = the summation of all that you wrote so far. I did not have the privilege of running into Bob after graduation, so my memories are of Bob as a cadet. I will always keep that picture in my mind of cadet Innes strutting down the hall with his red hair, his Garfield grin, his tweety bird laugh and looking for trouble.

When we first met I could tell Bob that thought I was a bit slow, coming from a small town in Minnesota this is not an unreasonable assumption. But, Bob played that theme to the hilt. One day he was going to set me up with a date, so he gave me a phone number and told me to call her and make the arrangements. When I was getting ready to call, he assembled a group of guys around the phone to watch. However, he did not know that I knew that he had gotten the phone number off the restroom wall at the local bar. When I called, a guy answered the phone and got very angry 30 seconds into the call. He wanted to know who was calling. He sounded a little like Hulk Hogan only much meaner. So, I told him my name was Robert Innes, I’ll take him on anytime he wants, and I am a cadet in Chase Hall! Poor Bob. His smile turned to panic as he dove at me to get the phone away. I hung up before he could get to me but told him it was OK, because I gave the guy the wrong room number. Bob was not amused.

After that Bob began to have a little respect, and on several occasions fixed me up with dates. I suspected however that he was fixing me up with girls who had a crush on him, so he always had a good time on the double dates but it never worked out for me. Then one day Bob invited me to New York City for the weekend. It sounded like fun so I went along. This was a tour of NY like I have never had. I did not realize there were that many dangerous places in NY. After avoiding getting shot, beat up or mugged for 6 hours straight, I thought it was time to find our rooms and go to sleep. That is when I found out Bob had no plan and no idea on where to stay. So, around 1am we see a fire station. Bob said he thought he had an uncle that worked at a NY fire station, so let’s stay there. What! How does this work? I followed Bob in and watched him perform. Within five minutes of saying things that could have been true, it was clear they did not know his uncle, Bob did not really know which fire station he worked at or when, and it was OK for us to spend the night there. This small town Minnesota boy was impressed.

I never took another trip to NY with Bob. It’s kind of a shame. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had the chance. And I would do things like that more often even if it was crazy. Crazy trips like this are what builds memories.

Bob did not go on those crazy trips to NY much I don’t believe. I think he was smitten by that pretty young lady Peggy. Of course, we were all a little smitten by Peggy as we would run into her on a Saturday night breaking into Chase hall with her friends. I think there were a few night Bob might have been restricted, but maybe you can expound on the Chase Hall break-ins Peggy?

Kevin J. Scheid


From: "Bruce McCurdy" <tcsandp@comcast.net>
Subject: Bob Innes
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 02:11:08 +0000

To Bob’s Family, Friends, and Classmates:

I don’t really know what to say (I suppose no one really does), but I want and need to express my profound sense of loss and sympathy to all of Bob’s family and friends. Unfortunately, Bob and I were not really well-connected for most of the years after we graduated; but we did re-connect a couple of years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the thoughtful (and typically provocative) e-mail correspondence we shared for a far-too-short while.

I really have no “Sea Stories” to share, but Bob and I were (if I recall correctly, and apologies if I don’t) two of the three incoming members of the Class of ’72 from Phoenix, AZ. As I remember, the third was a high school classmate of mine … and he didn’t even make it through Swab Summer.

Because we were both from Phoenix, Bob and I had a natural connection. We were always close friends while at the Academy, and we shared a few pretty “interesting” experiences. The most memorable was when he and I drove my 1959 Chevrolet Parkwood station wagon from Phoenix to New London, towing a trailer with my “Academy illicit” Ossa 250 dirt-bike on it. I shan’t disclose the details of that voyage, but I know we both enjoyed and learned from it. Suffice it to say that it was a somewhat subdued “Easy Rider” experience (but no, there were no drugs involved … whatsoever).

Bob and I also enjoyed the most beautiful of mutual friends. He added great value and joy to my life by introducing me to those people as well.

I regret that I was not fortunate enough to have served with or been close to Bob after our graduation, but such is life. We just went in different directions. However, I will always remember Bob as a man of iron-clad principles, a truly motivated patriot, and a good friend.

I don’t need to wish that God bless him … I know he already has.

Bruce


From: Peggie Ford Cosgrove <peggiecosgrove@mac.com>
Subject: Re: CGA72 - Bob Innes Memorial
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:38:47 +0000

Dear Norm

You are a very astute observer of Innes and his unique career. He tried to convince people that he really had a conventional Coast Guard career, but I didn't buy it for a minute. Yes, he spoke Spanish at a time ( I believe) when the Academy didn't teach foreign languages. (Today, if the Academy doesn't offer a particular language, the Cadets can go across the street to Connecticut College and take the course).

If you are looking for something in current history books, go to amazon.com and order "Imperial Grunts" by Robert D. Kaplan, who is also a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

It includes, in a couple of brief anecdotes, Bob's activities in Yemen and Colombia as part of a wider portrait Kaplan calls "On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and beyond." You can find several references to him in the index at the back of the book. Kaplan sent a sympathy note to Bob's family when I informed him of his death.

Innes loved living on the edge. I thought of his as "Danger Mouse," after the old cartoon, once I found "Imperial Grunts." Then I tracked down the author, and then I tracked down Innes, who didn't really want to be found by very many people. His email address started with ebbetsfield. In my subject line, I wrote "Ebbetsfield? Cryptic, yet revealing." When I heard back from him, he said he was going to delete the email because he didn't recognize the sender, but the subject line intrigued him. He was one of the world's most curious guys - there was almost nothing he wasn't interested in, except for Major League Baseball. After Walter O'Malley pulled the Dodgers away from his beloved Brooklyn. Never, ever ask Innes about MLB! Your ear would be sore for hours!

Anyway, the Kaplan book received a glowing review in the New York Times Book Review, with a prominent quote from Bob. I'm going to see if I can attach it to this message for all to read.

I'll put your note in the book for his family and friends to read at the funeral.

As just the typist here, on behalf of his sisters Jeanne and Robin and brother Harry and son Michael, who have suffered the greatest loss, I thank you.

Peggie Ford Cosgrove


From: "Norman Henslee" <normhenslee@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: CGA72 - Bob Innes Memorial
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:35:44 +0000

I probably speak for the majority of our class when I say that we didn't
know a lot about Bob and his career after CGA. Whenever possible, Bob took
a path seldom traveled by most of us, so he didn't run into many of us that
often. Bob felt much more comfortable in a tent in the middle of nowhere
wearing boots and camis than in a district office wearing trops and dress
shoes. While many of us became planners, thinkers, supporters, and whenever
possible, operators, Bob was always the consummate DOER. What I do know
about him is that he loved being on the cutting edge of the most forward ops
available... thus the tours in South America, Africa, the Middle East and
God knows where else. He was unique and his contribution to our nation was
unlike any of his classmates. When it came to serving our country, the real
"DOING" part, Bob Innes took second seat to none. In the end, we will
remember him because he was different and because he was the one who chose
to do the things that most of us wanted no part of doing. We will remember
him because he was our brother, one of us, who suffered through swab summer,
and academics, and 4 years of sweat to graduate as part of the USCGA Class
of 72. And just as one by one, our class' service to the nation has ended,
so now, we also find that one by one, our classmates are slipping across the
bar. One day, all that will be left of us is what is written in the history
books and the sea stories told to our children and grandchildren. I doubt
much of what Bob quietly contributed will make it into the history books.
But I bet there'll be some whopper sea stories.

Bob, you are our classmate, our brother, and forever a part of us. You are
gone, but never to be forgotten. "Non pro uno, sed pro omnibus"

Norm Henslee


From: "Michael Crye" <mcrye@iccl.org
Subject: RE: Arrangements for Bob Innes' Funeral 
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:55:56 +0000

Just remember Bob stayed on active duty well beyond the 30 year mark, and his last years were in Iraq. Wonder what kind of sea stories were available about the last few years? I too remember a few of his early days LE things. Joe Jones spent a couple of years down in S America doing some of this stuff. Joe you there got any sea stories. For myself having done a UNITAS deployment I can tell you some of the stuff I heard, particularly form the seals, but cant brag too much. As for the guns stuff though got one sea story, COMSOLANT put me in charge of a contingent of seals going into Paraguay. The seals told me they couldn’t go through Customs. When I asked why they said they were packing> I asked packing what> they told me their personal weapons. I went through Customs and returned with an embassy pouch. We went to a corner where they started pulling stuff out of their shoes socks and underwear. How do you get a semiautomatic pistol with a 12 inch barrel into your underwear, and explosives taped to your leg? Garottes that doubled as necklaces. They told me they were carrying this stuff because the world was a dangerous place. Anyway we got it all through Customs, and I figured the guys I was traveling with were the ones to be most scared of. I think this is the world that Bob lived for a number of years.

Rest in peace

Mike Crye


From: "Stimatz" <st4stimatz@roadrunner.com>
Subject: RE: Arrangements for Bob Innes' Funeral
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:43:30 +0000

When I was in Puerto Rico in the late 80's, Bob dropped by in connection with the annual South American training cruise. He had a number of memorable stories of camping out with the SEALS and eating snakes in Panama. One event involved them deciding on the spur of the moment to set up an exercise ambush on a road and take a number of the locals "captive". He really enjoyed that opportunity.

One of his cautionary warnings was to ignore the really big, loud and boastful SEALS and instead fear the little, quiet types. They were the really nasty dudes.

He loved adventure and being on the pointy end of the spear. He was unique in a very special way and loved his country.

Semper Reminiscor


From: "Buckingham, Richard T CIV NAVSEA, SEA 00C" <richard.buckingham@navy.mil>
Subject: RE: Arrangements for Bob Innes' Funeral
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:21:24 +0000

Allow me to echo Jim's sentiments. Bob was one of a kind! That's for sure.


From: "Jim" <jmcentire1@wavecable.com>
Subject: RE: Arrangements for Bob Innes' Funeral
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:13:57 +0000

Words fail at the loss of another classmate. This is too much.

Bob was very special to me – he was the warrior par excellance. I remember him best from the only time we ever operated together – SPENCER was the first Coast Guard ship to visit Cartagena, Colombia in a very long time, and it happened that Bob was the Coast Guard and Law Enforcement attaché in Bogota. The occasion was either Coast Guard Day or July 4th – can’t remember which – and after many visits to the Colombian Vice Admiral who was in command of the eastern fleet, and to his staff, we had a reception on board SPENCER to reciprocate. Bob was very fluent in Spanish and I remembered a few words from my time in Puerto Rico and Miami. To celebrate this very successful inaugural visit, Bob and I went out on the town afterward, just the two of us. Don’t remember much of the details of that evening, because Bob had more of a tolerance for the local rum than I had (can’t keep tolerance levels up if you spend a lot of time underway), but I will always remember his absolute dedication to fighting drugs, his great relations with his Colombian naval counterparts, and his terrific hospitality and friendship. Later, we were counterparts in our respective district staff jobs – he and I were both chiefs of admin divisions – me in Seattle, and he in New Orleans – and I saw him for the last and final time at a Reserve admin conference.

He was an original. Don’t know anyone else like him. He was a fellow blackshoe and embodied the warrior spirit.

I will miss him a lot.

Rest in Peace Bob.


From: "Terry Newell" <twnewell@gmail.com>
Subject: Arrangements for Bob Innes' Funeral
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 18:09:29 +0000

Gents,

The following information regarding Bob's funeral arrangements came to me from Tom Paar, as relayed to him by a close friend of the Innes Family, Peggy Ford Cosgrove.

John Larned has informed me that he and Stein Mueller are planning to attend the funeral, and hopefully other Classmates will be able to attend as well to render a final salute to Bob.

Please note the Capt. Robert D. Innes Memorial Fund, dedicated toward the planned new Coast Guard Museum, and also the call for sea stories to be sent to Peggy.

Warmest Regards, Newelli Sends


From: Paar, Tom
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:42 PM
Subject: FW: Information you can release to the class 
             re: arrangements for Bob Innes

Bob's sister, Jeanne Innes Davis, has asked me, as an old friend of her family, to reach out to Bob's Coast Guard and other military friends because I still have Coast Guard contacts through the marriages of friends from Conn to other Coasties.

Jeanne has the following information to share:

(Rev on 7/15/08 - Changes are in red below.)

Bob is survived by his son, Michael T. Innes of Metairie, LA; his sisters, Robin Innes of Santa Ana, CA, and Jeanne Innes Davis of Buckeye, AZ; his brother, Harry Innes of Phoenix, AZ and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Nolan Innes Anglum and Susan Innes Ogden.

If anyone would like to send a card or letter to the family, please direct it to:

The Innes Family
c/o Jeanne Innes Davis
19532 West Magnolia St.
Buckeye AZ 85326

If anyone would like to make a donation, a memorial fund has been set up in his name for the planned new U.S. Coast Guard Museum to be built in New London, CT. Checks should be made out to the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT 06378, Attn: Janet Hall. Be sure to send a note specifying that the donation should be directed to the Capt. Robert D. Innes Memorial Fund, dedicated toward the planned new Coast Guard Museum.

Should anyone want to send flowers, the funeral home recommends the following shop, accessible by hyperlink:

Copiague Flowers - Florist in Copiague NY - Copiague Country Florist, Inc.

Funeral and burial arrangements:

Thursday, July 17, 2 pm - 7 pm:
Viewing at D'Andrea Bros. Funeral Home
99 Oak St., Copiague, NY 11726
631.691.5700

At 7:30 p.m., we will reassemble for a full dinner at Bellissimos, 330 Merrick Road, Amityville NY. Tel. xxx-xxx-xxxx. It is three miles from the funeral home. You can try Googling it or calling for directions - otherwise we'll figure it out at the funeral home. We will be there for a few hours, so don't be shy if you're running late and miss the viewing. Please come to the restaurant. Bob's sisters Jeanne Innes Davis and Robin Innes will be our hosts. We will be celebrating Bob's life in a way that would make him smile.

Friday, July 18
9:15 am - For those of you who would like to say a few prayers and a final farewell to Bob and join in the procession from the funeral home to the church on Friday morning, please be at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Otherwise, go directly to the church and be seated before 9:45 a.m., when Mass begins.

9:45 am
Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption
1 Molloy St., Copiague, NY 11726
631.842.5211

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Travel to Calverton National Cemetery
  
The funeral home will provide driving directions to Calverton National Cemetery, which is 1 hour away in Calverton, Long Island, New York. 

~ 11:45 am
Service @ Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Blvd., Calverton, NY 11933
631.727.5410

We will be having lunch at the Village Cross, 3725 Mill Country Road, Calverton. tel. xxx-xxx-xxxx. The restaurant is at the corner of Middle Country Road and Edwards Avenue, where you will find a traffic signal. Our hosts at lunch will be Michael T. Innes and Mrs. Rebecca Fick, Bob's son and former wife, respectively.

Since Bob's friends are scattered to the four winds, if anyone would like to share a sea story or two about him, email it to peggiecosgrove@mac.com by Wednesday morning. I will collect and put them into a binder that his family and friends can browse at the funeral home.

To make things easier for Bob's classmates, my husband Emmet and I are holding a half-dozen rooms at a nearby hotel where Bob's family is staying. Anyone who needs a hotel room should email me at above address or call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx (office) or cell xxx-xxx-xxxx as soon as possible.

Thank you for all the help you have given to Jeanne and her family.

Robin's cell is xxx-xxx-xxxx; mine is xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Call if your side-scan radar fails, your GPS goes down, or you're just plain lost!

Sincerely,

Peggie Ford Cosgrove
16 Niles Hill Road
New London CT 06320h
home/office tel. xxx-xxx-xxxx
cell xxx-xxx-xxxx
fax 860-442-0740


From: "John Larned" <j.larned@globalrfidsys.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 23:05:48 +0000

Dear All:

Just writing this makes me sad and time doesn’t allow me to convey my thoughts. One more time we’ve lost a good guy.

What word I have is coming from Stein Mueller and Tom Paar. They’re connected with an old friend of Bob’s from Conn College named Peg Ford Cosgrove. Bob passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Tuesday. He was living in the New Orleans area.

We know tentatively that a wake is scheduled for Thursday Eve the 17th in Copiague, NY on Long Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday Morning also in Copiague. Bob will be buried next to his parents at the Calverton National Cemetery. He is survived by his son Michael and one or two sisters. The family will be staying at the Town Place Suites by Marriott in Farmingdale, LI. Stein and I are planning to attend the services.

Stein is looking into what gift or memorial donation the family is choosing.

My thoughts go out to Bob’s family and all the classmates who were close to him.

Best to all, thank God for what we have and appreciate your loved ones and the things that are important in life!

John


From: Rbh4124@aol.com
Subject: Re: Robert D. Innes, CAPT, USCG (Ret)
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 16:03:41 +0000

I am truly saddened by this news. Bob and I had a great series of email correspondence a couple of months ago and had caught up on 35+ years. I was planning on hooking up with him in New Orleans later in the fall. Our prayers are with his family!

Bob Hallock


From: Terry Newell
Subject: Robert D. Innes, CAPT, USCG (Ret)
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:34:49 +0000

   It is with profound sadness that I must report that our beloved Classmate, Bob Innes, has crossed the bar.

   Tom Paar called me a few minutes ago, then emailed, asking that I pass the word to the Class.

From Tom Paar's email:

   I was called by Peggy Ford this morning and notified that Bob Innes had passed away yesterday (7/8) in New Orleans, LA from an apparent heart attack. Bob's family, comprised of his sister and ex-wife, has asked that CGA72 be appraised...As soon as the family provides additional information,  I will share with you...I am sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.

Bob, go with God, and be at peace, our dear friend.