Posted by Kurt and Cindy Van Gorden on November 18, 2003 at 10:54:19:
No words can express how sad and broken I am over the passing of one of the best friends that I have ever had. Both Cindy and I were grief stricken when the telephone call came in last night about Bob's passing away to meet with our Lord. Our hearts go out to the entire Passantino family, Gretchen, Mary, Karen, Paul, his siblings and mother. The tears we shed with Gretchen last night will not be our only ones. I can hardly write due to them.
Bob was always gracious in sharing "mi casa, su casa" and he spent many nights studying, thinking, and debating to answer any question that plagued others. Not many days pass in our household that Cindy and I don't recall something precious in our memories about Bob Passantino and his family. Few people will ever know the true impact Bob had on worldwide apologetics, since he humbly and freely gave his knowledge away, of which many took advantage. Bob was one of the greatest apologists the world has been blessed to know. Without him, several apologists would not be who they are today. I can't name anyone in apologetics whose skills and thinking have not been sharpened by Bob.
After my 27 years of friendship, Bob will be missed our family. He honored Cindy and me by being one of my groomsmen in our wedding. His picture in that lineup has hung on our wall for 23 years. We've had some of our greatest fun with Bob. We've watched each other's families give birth and grow up. Now Bob has graduated to his heavenly reward, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). We will always be blessed by his friendship.
Kurt and Cindy Van Gorden
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