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Do you remember your first bike? Was there a moment when that bike did something special or became special? IF you have a story, brief or longer, please submit it. We are considering making a book of first bike stories! We can’t include yours if we don’t know it! When was that moment that you knew a bike was essential or saved your life J! Funny how the stories take on meaning over time!
With the bike repair clinics right around the corner let me tell you about a little boy at the DPR clinic last summer. He brought in a pretty “sorry” bike. He found a guy with some tools that set to making his bike right ~ all of it ~ the flats, the hand brake that didn’t work and some general adjusting. His bike was repaired and he did what the kids do at the clinics. He started riding, or better said, zooming around the parking lot and then skidding his bike to “prove” its value! And then there was a moment. I was watching him, on the sidelines taking it in. He was smiling. Did I say smiling? He was beyond smiling. I got it ~ he was so happy, delighted, engaged. And then it happened. He skidded to a stop, turned his bike around and began again. He pedaled, he pedaled faster, and then he pedaled even faster. As he ZOOMED past me, smile huge, he said to no one in particular, in fact mostly to himself, “WOW, it’s like brand new”! What we did that day mattered!So get ready, this year is shaping up to be our best year yet. And why can we do this? Because WE do this. Moving forward, think of this year as a year when TWFK is going to get ahead on the dream-making curve. We want to quit chasing dreams and run fast and furiously ahead of our dreams so we can guarantee that those sweet kid’s lives will be better! To do that, the bottom line, it takes money and volunteer work effort. Be that person. Just say yes to whatever is nudging you. And don’t be surprised when we nudge you ~ when we ask if you will help. I want you to know, I am committed to doing my part ~ my part with helping and with my moolah! I put my money where my mouth is!
So folks, with that said, get ready for a wild ride!
Robert John Koechlin Jr., aka “Bobby,” died in a bicycle accident Nov. 24 in Truckee in the Lake Tahoe area. That’s when he started his new life in the heavens.
He was born Aug. 24, 1967 in Cincinnati, OH to Sue and Robert J. Koechlin Sr. His childhood was filled with the joy of having three sisters and one brother with many adventures.
He was a graduate of the business school at the University of Florida and married Nilufer J. Koechlin on July 14, 2001 in Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. They have one daughter, Kiana, born Feb. 7, 2008.
He lived in Los Gatos for 13 years and was an avid cyclist and skiier who always wished he had more time for sports and even more time to donate to help others through philanthropic efforts.
He’s survived by his parents and grandmother Rosella Walsh of Springfield, OH as well as his siblings Kathleen Koechlin, Mary Cammarota, Carolyn Homer and Matt Koechlin.
He had many friends and a dog he loved named Picabo, who always made him take him to pee right after he sat to have his scotch!
Anyone would tell you he was an incredibly happy person that lived life to its fullest by doing the things he loved most: playing endless hours with his daughter and wife, cycling, skiing, spending time in Lake Tahoe, hanging out with friends having great conversations, drinking his scotch and an occasional cigar, and generally being silly and happy without taking life too seriously.
He cared about humanity and making the world a better place in any way possible.
In his memory and celebration of his life, you may donate to local charities of his choice by going to his memorial registry on the justgive.org website.
We wish him a happy life on his bright star in the heavens.