While much has rightly been made about the public service of the late Bob Bolen, less has been said about the kind of person he was.
My family got the chance to know Bob personally when our children attended school with his grandchildren. Whether it was attending football games or chaperoning kids on weekends, what I found was a graceful and giving man. Through those interactions, I learned the secret to Bob’s success: He was loved by the people because he loved people.
Our city today still benefits from his leadership as mayor. But we would all do well to remember the personal character of this great man. He was great because he was good. We should honor Bob by imitating him when dealing with others.
We will never forget Mayor Bob; and we will always have his legacy with us.