It is with a heavy heart that I pass the following news on to you.
Bob was a great friend, and a wild cowboy to ride with. He proudly wore belt buckle #38, and he will be missed.
In keeping with Bob's spirit, perhaps a fitting epitaph would be:
"You ask me did I know Bob Sherlock?
"I had luuuunch with Bob Sherlock!"
And I am proud of it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ferrell, Susan M.
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 2:00 PM
Subject: Bob Sherlock
Attention: John Denove
I am Bob's former girlfriend and secretary. Over the years we became best of friends. You may remember me from some of the Cowboy Lawyer rides. You gave me one of your wonderful massages as we sat around the evening campfire on one of our overnight rides.
I am sad to let you know that Bob has passed away. He learned he had lung cancer about a year ago and moved to Washington in July to live with me. I wanted to let you know so you could pass the news along to anyone who knew him. I also wanted to share the email that his partner, Peter Felchlin, sent out to his colleagues. It is a wonderful tribute to Bob.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
It is with great sadness that I am called upon to announce the passing of Bob Sherlock, former Resident Attorney for the Pasadena Field Legal Office for Liberty Mutual. Bob died this morning after a year long battle with cancer. He retired last May after a rich career in both claims, field legal and as an outside attorney on Liberty's approved panel.
Bob was graduate of Boston College. He started his career with Liberty over three decades ago after he returned from his second tour of duty in Vietnam. He initially worked as an adjuster in the Los Angeles Claims Office for Liberty. He studied law at night, and became a member of the California State Bar in 1976. From that point on, he practiced law in Southern California. For almost thirty years, he specialized in personal injury law. He was a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA, the premier association of trial lawyers in the United States. He rejoined Liberty as Resident Attorney in 1998, and worked in that capacity until his retirement.
Bob's recreational activities were quite varied. During the time I knew him, he was a scuba diver, a polo player, a founding member of the Cowboy Lawyers Association and an avid hiker.
I worked with Bob since 1986, and found him to be one of the best trial attorneys I have ever encountered. He provided me with insights into the trial process and human psychology that have proven invaluable. He brought a wonderful, wry sense of humor to his practice of the law, and a willingness to try anything, even the hardest of cases. He was a wonderful mentor, partner and boss.
Bob never had any children. He is survived by a sister in Virginia and his long time friend and companion Susan Ferrell, who cared for Bob in his final days.
As many of you know, Bob was a very private person. Thus, he did not wish to have a funeral or memorial service. In lieu of cards or flowers, or any thing of that nature, I think Bob would suggest that each of you pick something simple that you really like to do, and go out and do it.