Friday 01/11/2013 by tmwsiy


On January 7th, a friend of the entire Phish community was taken from this world much too early. Robert Eckhart (known by many as Barefoot Bob) found a small spot on his tongue. Sadly, it turned out to be cancer. He went through painful surgeries to have part of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck removed. This was followed by numerous, difficult radiation treatments. On Monday, January 7th, he lost his courageous battle and leaves a wife and two children. He was only 37.

Trey was on WXPN this afternoon, on the same day as Bob's services, extolling the virtues of Phish fans and proclaiming them the best fans anywhere.

Let's really prove this point as we have many times in the past and band together as a community and help Bob's family. It makes no difference if you knew him from, from Twitter, from tour experiences together, a fleeting hello at one show, just knew his name or never heard of him at all. He is one of us. A fan. A husband, father, brother, son, and friend.

Many artists, Phish and gracious fans and friends have donated a few dozen fantastic items including posters and artwork. Please visit for details on how you can participate. And remember- the most important thing is helping the family so make those donations and dig deep.

Share your thoughts and rememberances of Barefoot Bob in THIS thread.

We are lucky to be part of such a great community. Thank you for reading and contributing.

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, comment by ProfJibboo
ProfJibboo I didn't see anyone make a call for raffle items, but I have a 2010 Hartford Poster that I will gladly contribute to the raffle or auction.
, comment by tmwsiy
tmwsiy @ProfJibboo said:
I didn't see anyone make a call for raffle items, but I have a 2010 Hartford Poster that I will gladly contribute to the raffle or auction.
That's great ProfJibboo- can you kindly email with the details and to get this added to the raffle pool? many thanks.
, comment by iandisoftheworld
iandisoftheworld This is truly a very sad day for me. I just read the unfortunate news of Bob's passing. I was fortunate enough to have interaction with him. He was apparently planning on attending the BGCC shows this summer, but due to his detection of the cancerous lesion, he had to sell his tickets. I am forever grateful that Bob hooked me up with those BGCC n2 tickets. I will remember his generosity and kind spirit at every show I attend from here on out.

Thanks so much Bob! I am sorry for your families loss!!!
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