There’s no show today as I learned late yesterday afternoon that Bob Caporale passed away Monday September 5th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. I thought about it all night and it’s difficult to put a show together when one has to digest this kind of loss for our industry but to his close friends who were unaware of his condition.
I met Bob in the late 1990’s, he was selfless, always trying to help make our industry a better one. My favorite meeting with him was when I visited Elevator World a few years ago and got to enjoy looking at all the cool industry related items he had scattered about in his office. Drawings from project he’d worked on, parts and books everywhere. His office reminded me a lot of mine.
There are people that we meet, cross our paths, become friends with who make us better more caring individuals. Bob was one of these unique souls that walked the earth amongst us. He made me a better person and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have called him my friend. Bob never wanted credit for any extra endeavor he helped with. He wasn’t in it for the glory and instead simply enjoyed knowing he helped.
NAESA International is dedicating the 2017 Elevator Safety Summit to him and his contributions in making our industry a better one. I can’t think of a better way to remember someone. Bob Caporale, you will be missed my friend. Gods speed to you, see you on the other side someday.