Bob’s My Uncle

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Uncle Bobby was never the loudest guy in the room–who could get a word in edgewise with six siblings?–but when he did speak up it was always with wit and warmth and a mischievous smile.  And as nice as it was to have him around as an Uncle, I know for sure he was also an amazing dad and grandfather. Needless to say, we all wish he could have spent many more years chasing after the twins he adored.

A life cut short provides a painful but important lesson: Though none of us is guaranteed a set amount of time on this planet, you can always take ownership of how you’ll be remembered. If you can manage to be as kind and caring as Uncle Bobby, you’ll leave behind people brimming with fond memories, gratitude and love.


  1. Mary Ann

    Thank you Mark for your beautiful words and your beautiful painting. It is exactly your Uncle Bobby ❤️
    Love Aunt Mary Ann

  2. Lily

    You are truly gifted, Mark. You have captured Bobby’s likeness and his demeanor perfectly. Thank you.
    Love, Aunt Lily

  3. Dad

    Thank you Mark. Your ability to capture the essence of your uncle Bobby in drawing and in words is just plain fantastic. Love, Dad

  4. Aunt Anita

    Oh, Mark…you captured Bobby’s understanding smile. I bet he was looking down at a grandchild he was holding, or having a conversation with Dad, or finishing up a joke. You captured a happy moment. Thank you! Love, Aunt Anita

  5. Raymond

    Mark, you thoughtfully captured Bobby at his best. I had never seen my
    little brother in a bad mood or even mad. I will always fondly look
    at your drawing and Bobby will always be alive to me. Thank you.