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Robert J. "Bob" Grumman

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Bob was a member of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society and printed our newsletter for many years on his own printer. We found that we both descended from William White, passenger on the Mayflower, 1620. He worked with a small committee to proofread a book Stephen Rockstroh was working on with a Mrs. Cushman, who needed a helping hand. Afterward Stephen gave us each a copy of the Doubleday book, as well as a nice dinner at Olive Garden Restaurant.

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Posted by: Betsey Lambert - Punta Gorda, FL - Distant cousin; (Wm White)   Apr 12, 2015

many individuals of the alternative poetry community are in mourning at the sudden and unexpected loss of Bob Grumman, on april 2. my heart remains heavy with a large hole. bob was close friend since the early 1980's. he developed into a fierce warrior defending and promoting alternative poetics, including visual, minimalist and mathematical. his term to cover it all -- other stream. at the same time, he was a man with a generous and loving heart supportive of the

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Posted by: karl kempton - oceano, CA - friend   Apr 11, 2015

He was the nicest man, he was always kind and gentlemanlike. He was a creative and intellectual author and everyone who ever was in contact with him became an emotionally and intellectually richer person because of him.

Posted by: Melanie Sands - Newsgroup friend   Apr 11, 2015

Bob was special. One of the best creatures, most innocent souls and sharpest thinkers I've ever known or known about. His unique mathemaku (a selection of which I had the privilege to bring out in Hungarian) will grow in time. He was my first publisher in the US, a very close friend and an invitation into visual poetry. I enjoyed his encouragement and support - as so many of us in the visual poets' community. I'll always miss him.


Posted by: Marton Koppany - Budapest, Hungary - friend   Apr 09, 2015

I can't put into words how much I will miss Bob, and I never
met him, just conversed over the internet.
Bob was an insightful commentator on matters concerning Shakespeare
as well as a brilliant artist. His mathemaku are scattered around
the internet, such as
His thoughts on Shakespeare can be found at Hardy Cook's
SHAKSPER listerv ( as well as at the newsgroup

Posted by: Jim KQKnave - MA - Friend   Apr 09, 2015

Bobwit, Will forever remember our ceekrett koadexz dat knowbodiez elzee kould udderstandy and will miss being called a "wack" by you. Your bestest internet luv pal, knit

Posted by: Libby - LA - Internet friend   Apr 09, 2015

April 9, 2015
Dear Bob,
We began corresponding in early January 1993 and immediately we became friends. You published my first chapbook in 1993 and to this day I am so proud of that little book that you made by hand. Letter writing was so important to you, it was here I think you were most at ease in expressing and articulating your ideas. I have this stack of your correspondence with me here on my desk this morning: I

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Posted by: Gregory St. Thomasino - New York City, NY - friend and colleague   Apr 09, 2015

Bob, you were one of a kind, and you are already missed. Tell Will hello for us.

Posted by: Tom Reedy - Denton, TX - Friend   Apr 08, 2015

I had the blessing of Bob's sharp wit, experience with writing, and open spirit to challenge things I asserted as if I knew what I was talking about! Our relationship was pretty much within the fellowship of the Port Charlotte Tuesday Writers Group. His teaching experience was evident in his ability to clarify grammatical issues, word choice, and organization of a piece whether it was a story or essay. We will miss him for those qualities. We will also miss

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Posted by: Rev. Jerry Eckert - Port Charlotte, FL - Fellow writer   Apr 08, 2015