September 15, 2014

Bob(skoot) Leong


I lost a friend.

Like many others I made Bob's acquaintance while getting my feet wet in the virtual world of blogging. He left his first comment related to riding solo only weeks after I had started my online diary about two-wheelers. On October, 14, 2009 he wrote:

"... I like the independence of being alone sometimes, but miss the security of a riding partner. I keep thinking to myself, what if something happened? Being alone gives you the freedom to stop where you want to snap a photo or two..."

He was passionate about riding, photography and people, and he made it his mission to meet as many bloggers as he could, and to document its happening.

I lived in Calgary back then, and little did I know about the man and his passion. Even less did I know that I would once not only get to know the man behind the blog but that he would become my riding buddy, and that we would meet other bloggers together.

He continued to leave comments at my humble attempts of contributing to the moto-blogging community, and encouraged me by becoming a regular visitor. I started returning the favour and so we kind of build up a virtual friendship. For his Blog --> click here.

When my job catapulted me to Vancouver back in 2010, Bob was the first to welcome me, and to make me feel home. He and his wife took it on to introduce me to the local (riding) community, the wet coast lifestyle, as well as the culinary experience of sushi, oh, and Crocs of course.

Bob was there, when I picked up Nella, my yellow Beemer from the dealership, for its maiden voyage. With Bob I discovered the beauty of the wet coast, rain or shine. He showed me his favourite places that soon became mine, too. The pier in Steveston, the rocks at Whitecliff Park, the restaurant Sharkey's in Ladner, the beach at Boundary Bay.

We went on an epic road trip through Washington and Oregon in 2010, and got to meet other moto-bloggers. Did I mention that he made a point of meeting as many bloggers as he could find? He was very particular about it. In 2012 there was another IMBC (international moto blogger convention), where we met some of the same and and some new people from the moto-blogging community.

And he probably broke his own record on his final moto-journey in 2013, when he rode solo across North America and back. He did not ride as much in 2014 but he had different travel plans for this year, and so he started writing about his hometown. I still believe he had some hidden agenda of making me feel homesick by doing so. And of course he continued to meet people who were visiting Vancouver.

When he stopped commenting on my blog in mid August, I wasn't worried, because he was venturing out on a trip of a lifetime with his wife Yvonne in his beloved Corvette. I wasn't worried, when he stopped blogging on August 30, 2014, because he had previously mentioned that he had bad to no internet connection at times.

I was devastated when I heard of his recent passing, and my heart goes out to Yvonne and his family. I never thought about not meeting him ever again. The Wet Coast will not be the same without him.

I am going to miss you, Bob. Ride on.

The man and his Crocs
 Bobskoot having fun.
Bob Leong, the business man
Bob, the husband - with Yvonne
Bob did it again and again and again... meeting bloggers all over North America
We had the best of times.

30 comments:

  1. A very nice tribute Sonja, we will all miss Bob greatly.

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  2. Beautiful, this sums up the man and his magic.. He was a truly gentle soul and I am going to miss him. I wish I had gone on the IMBC, but at least we had a few occasions to ride together with the other Scooterists from RTE, what a good time I had that weekend.

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    1. I am happy that I had the opportunity to travel with him. And he was always easy to convince that we have to stop for one more photo op. We had a blast and tons of memories of a lifetime.

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  3. Thats terrible news Sonja. Even though I've never met Bob it feels like I know him via his blog pages. So sad, and you did a tremendous tribute to him. I'm sure Bob would be proud.

    Rest in peace Bob.

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    1. Chill, I had the same feeling before I met him. His blog is giving a very authentic picture of him.

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  4. Sonja, a great tribute. More wonderful photos, more tears.

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    1. Thanks David, it is still tough to accept that he's gone.

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  5. Sonja, a truly wonderful look at the Bob many of us were lucky enough to share.

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    1. I did my best, Coop, and let my heart speak. I really liked the guy.

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  6. We have been hard by his passing. He will be missed. ♥

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    1. Katy, the blogosphere had been hit hard indeed. He was so active commenting on other blogs and kept tabs on everyone it seemed.

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  7. He will be missed by many especially those that got to spend time with him.

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    1. Richard, this is what it makes even more difficult for those who knew the man behind the blog, doesn't it?

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  8. I never met the man but also feel like I lost a friend. He often commented on my blog and I quickly became a fan of his blog. Funny how we all seem to know about those damn crocs. I can't speak for others of course but he made you feel welcome. That in itself is a wonderful tribute.

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    1. Robert, this had been part of his personality. He was a very loyal follower and kind commenter. And the pink crocs were his signature.

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  9. Sonja - Bob was the glue that bound total strangers together ... so glad he crossed our paths so that we could meet.

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    1. Karen, he was without boundaries and prejudice when it came to meeting new people. Amazing how his ways brought people together. It's like Bob's degrees of separation...

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  10. I never had the chance to meet him. But he seemed like a person you'd want to know. I'm saddened by the news:(

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    1. Tucson Bonnie, I am sure you would have liked the guy. He was one of a kind.

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  11. theres just no words to convey… :(

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    1. MQ01, I am torn between speechless and wanting to tell all the stories of Bob.

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  12. A beautiful tribute Sonja, he will be missed.

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    1. Brandy, didn't we have the best adventures with Bob present? Memories to cherish.

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  13. A great tribute Sonja, RIP Bobskoot, He will be definitely missed. He was a great man. He commented sometimes on my articles and also assisted to write something in a good way.
    A great man has been lost...

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    1. Hi Dewayne, thanks for your kind words. His passing is a great loss not only to his loved ones but also to the blogger world.

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