Bobby was one of my best friends. He was there for me and my family in our darkest hour, and he supported me when others ran for cover. I've never run across a man so loyal and so widely known and loved.
Friday, we formally honored Bobby at his funeral service. And I can tell you, without a doubt, Bobby must have felt pretty high on the hog, smiling down on all of us, feeling pretty darned important.
The whole community showed up. His neighbors and friends. Even more, a sitting U.S. congressman, Mike Pence, spoke before the crowd.
State representatives and senators from all over the state showed up, too, to honor our old friend Bobby. Tim Berry, the state auditor, was there, as well.
All flags in New Castle hung at half-staff to commemorate Bobby's service on the city council and the New Castle Police Department.
However, I think what would have impressed Bobby the most, what would have just tickled him pink, was that the local CVS Pharmacy changed its sign to a message memorializing him.
After this tough week, with Bobby gone, I'm back at the Statehouse. It's not easy. Bobby was always there to greet me as a walked into the chambers. For me, and for many other legislators, it's going to be very strange going about the daily Statehouse grind without Bobby's smiling face and pleasant talk.
When I spoke at Bobby's funeral on Friday, I promised to take care of Bobby's family, and I will. I also promised to take care of his memory, and I will.
None of us will ever forget our friend Bobby. It was a pleasure to know him, and an honor to be his friend.