In Memory of Robert “Bobby” Knott
Bobby Knott was one of the only people I have ever met that always seemed to make me smile. (See above photo of Bobby as Al Czervik/Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack and you’ll know exactly what I mean😊) His carefree disposition, kind demeanor, and light sense of humor was infectious. Simply stated: Bobby was the type of person you wanted to be around.
I first met Bobby on the golf course one weekend when I was home from college. When I got home that afternoon my dad asked me who I played with and I said, “The Tinsley’s and this really nice guy that I met named Bobby who was driving a red Corvette.” Little did I know that I would end up developing a personal and business relationship with him a decade later. Bobby was a great asset to the Meade Activity Center. He was always willing to lend a hand and certainly provided service to us at times free of charge. Before I go any further, I feel I should emphasize exactly how likeable this man was by noting that many of our interactions occurred around he and I meeting on a whim to solve plumbing issues for us at the MAC or my home. It really says something about the power of positivity and carrying a love for life when you can make someone smile who is dealing with leaky pipes, sewer backups, or busted water lines. Bobby just had a way of making everything seem like it would be ok. He was great about focusing on the positives in life vs. dwelling on the negatives. He would find a way to talk about golf, bowling, fantasy football, or UofL Sports when discussing an expensive fix at the MAC pool or golf course. I would inevitably show up stressed out about a water or sewer issue and leave laughing and talking to Bobby about an upcoming game or golf tournament.
Bobby cared dearly about his family and friends. He was very involved with his immediate and extended family, and you could count on him talking about them anytime we were around each other. His grandkids loved him dearly and Bobby made efforts to get them on the golf course at an early age. Bobby loved kids and always made sure to let me know that he thought the First Tee Junior golf program at the MAC was a great thing. That’s just who he was: Bobby loved people and people loved Bobby.
We lost Bobby Knott on the 3rd of January. Myself, our staff, and our members will miss your presence and personality around the MAC. Losing folks we care about in our lives is never easy, but losing someone like Bobby at such a young age just seems to hurt a little bit more.
You’ll always be remembered in our hearts. Go Cards.
– Aaron Greenwell