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John Norris

Peterson Strobe Tuners, Illinois, USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 1:08 pm     Reply with quote

I just heard that SGF member "Big Bob" Martin has passed.

"Big Bob" was originally from Palestine IL and played guitar with Ennis & The Outlaws.
He later moved to Madison TN & was introduced to us at Peterson by steel player Jay Andrews in Nashville.
One of the nicest gentlemen you could meet and a great guy to talk guitars with, he used to come by our booth at Summer NAMM every year.

We'll miss you Big Bob, rest in peace.

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Jack Stoner

Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 2:33 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that. We used to correspond quite a bit.
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W. C. Edgar

Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 6:09 pm     Big Bob Reply with quote

Cal Sharp messaged me and told me the news.
Bob and Cal both played with me on the road and I enjoyed every minute of it.
You will never meet a nicer guy and such an infectious laugh.
Big Bob was one of a kind.
On a trip to KS to play the state fair Cal, Bob and the rest of the boys stayed at my folks' home during the week and picked almost every night of the week at a club after playing the fair in the daytime.
I remember one really hot KS night Bob couldn't seem to get cooled off enough.
The house had the AC turned down to 68 degrees and he was in a queen size bed with a big box fan on a chair on each side of the bed PLUS the ceiling fan on high.
I have lots and lots of stories and I get to them all in my book that comes out before Christmas this year.
I miss ya Bob.
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Bob Watson

Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post Posted 22 Mar 2017 12:28 pm     Reply with quote

I saw a Facebook post about Bob's passing and I expressed my condolences to his family. He was truly one of a kind. I had corresponded with him on Facebook and the Steel Forum a few times, but I got to talk to him on the phone a few years back when I was down in his neck of the woods for the Mt. Vernon IL. steel show, it was great to hear his voice. WC, I remember hearing a few of the stories from you, Cal or Bob when you guys were playing together and I could tell it was a really fun time. I too miss Bob and I feel lucky that I had gotten to know him.
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