P/D/C Robert Newsom, P

By P/D/C Adriaan Veldhuisen, SN

Bob Newsom joined United States Power Squadrons in 1977 and earned 30 merit marks. Stop and think about that: He was an active contribution to our organization for more than 30 years!

Bob NewsomBob joined Helix Power Squadron, now disbanded, 38 years ago where he ultimately rose to the rank of their squadron commander. He then joined San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron, was active at the district level, and rose to the rank of district commander in 1993.

Bob celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary in June this year and went on a cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage in August. He passed away on Monday, 7 Sept. at Merci Hospital. His wife, Mary-Lou, told me that his death certificate reads, “Failure to thrive,” and we were able to laugh about that.

When I served as squadron commander in the year 2000, my mentors were E. Brian Smith and Bob Newsom. Also later, when I served as district commander in 2005, I could always count on Bob and a few like him for advice. At USPS, and San Luis Rey squadron in particular, we take support and mentoring very seriously. In other words, I learned from the best.

So here’s to Bob Newsom: May the road rise up to meet you and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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