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Old 10-13-2019   #1
 
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Fink's final float

For those who knew him.


Sent: Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:30 PM
Subject: Fink's Final Float
To all Bob’s friends, associates, students, Tribe members and contemporaries, (he had few peers, according to him),
Bob Finkbine finally relaxed enough to shake off his earth suit and set off on his last adventure on the river of Forever.
I for one will miss the uproarious laughter, the peaceful times meditating in caves, his L.d. leadership, (those who know, know…),
Our talking about everything, forever…

Roll on brother, float in peace.
Slan agus beannacht leat,
(goodbye and blessings on you)
Speir, faugh a ballagh!
(Heaven, clear the way!)
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It is impossible to sum-up a person's life in a sentence or even an essay and do any kind of justice for a man like Fink who was so much to so many on multiple levels.
Going back to where and how we first crossed paths, thoughtful conversations around campfires or in a classroom, shared emotions both joyous & sad, common experiences and adventures, an unbounded love and passion for nature, books and poems he's written that touched our soul, and our own personal takeaways of having the privilege of calling this legend of a man our friend.

Each of us today carry a part of Fink with us as we go out in the world and go about the everyday things we do.

And I think Kelly said it the best:

Now look what you started...!


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Fink has a great spirit so I’m sure he’s fine no matter what the result of leaving this mortal coil.

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Old 10-13-2019   #2
 
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Wonderful words to honor a friend; condolences and lasting memories for those who knew Fink.
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Old 10-13-2019   #3
 
thornton, Colorado
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Sounds like one hell of an outdoors man and boatman. Would of loved to share a cold one with him. Condolences for sure. Run like the wind brother.
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Old 12-02-2019   #4
 
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Hello All,

Please Save the Date Saturday, February 15, 2020 for Bob Finkbine's Celebration of Life.
Memorial services with music will begin at 11:30 AM at the Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center.
1500 E Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, 85022. Reception to follow.

We look forward to seeing everyone President's Day weekend.

Please forward this email to those who may want to join us in remembering Dad.

Thank you,
Kristi, Jody, Tracy, Steven & Terri



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Old 12-02-2019   #5
 
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Condolences to his family and friends. I had the pleasure of floating the Grand Canyon with him back in 02. What a memorable trip that was. RIP old friend and thanks for the memories from a truly magical trip.
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Old 12-02-2019   #6
 
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Sounds like he was a great guy.
Would that all of our friends be able to say such things of us when we pass.

Sorry for your loss MN, my thoughts to his family and friends.
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Old 12-03-2019   #7
 
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One of the most memorable river rats I’ve ever met. We kept in touch over the years and he’d send me signed copies of his books and knew I’d enjoy reading them, and I did. I always think him him when I run the Salt. We lost a great person.
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