When we lost Bob Lappin, we lost a legend in our community.
My first meeting with Bob was when the JCC was facing foreclosure from its bank. Bob invited a group of people to his house and raised $10 million so that we could burn the mortgage. Later, when the JCC needed to add more classrooms, build the fitness center and the dance studio they put Len Lunder and myself in charge of raising the funds. I went to Bob’s office and explained the project. Without hesitation, he committed $100,000 and did not want anything named for him. When we decided to build a new health club at the JCC, Bob also gave a major donation.
About six months ago I was having dinner at the Kernwood Country Club and Bob’s son Peter came walking by. I told Peter how impressed I was with all the beautiful things his father had done for our community. He said why don’t you tell him yourself as he was having dinner with some friends.
I strolled up to his table and told him that I wanted him to know what a great human being he is.
I hope I am wrong, but I do not think this community we will ever see a person like Bob Lappin.
Jack Stahl, Lynn