William "Bob" Redd passed away on
June 25, 2010. I miss him deeply. Bob was simply one
of the best people I ever met. He was an after school sports
coach for kids, a semi-pro basketball player in his early years, a
handyman, a friend, a savior to many, a husband, father,
grandfather, uncle, mentor, and advisor. He was a role model
for children, always patient, generous and kind. He was
always known to the kids as Mr. Redd. his two loves were
basketball and kids. I don't know how many kids (and
adults!) came to live with Marie and Bob over the years, but there
was always room for one more person who could be put on a better
As someone said at his memorial celbration of his life (and I
paraphrase): "Who would have thought that an
African-American man, and his Asian wife, could come into our
homogeneous community and teach us how to raise our kids?"
He was one of my very best, and most memorable friends. Even
though we didn't see much of each other sometimes, when we did
there was instant re-bonding. He is survived by his wife,
Marie Enochty, and daughters Shayna and Gidget, and his
Every year, Bob and Marie would together attempt to racially
integrate Cape Cod by opening their home to many inner city kids
from Brooklyn. My kids would live as much in their home as
ours during the summers. I loved Cape Cod, for sure, but I
loved Bob even more. I will remember him, and miss him, for
the rest of my life.
Here is a video tribute to Bob
Here is a recent picture of Ronee, Bob, Marie, Bob, me and Shayna,
while I was temporarily living in Cambridge on sabbatical at MIT.
A very dear friend
of ours succumbed to cancer. This album
celebrates Ronee's last visit with Jaci.
(It's an album with music, but depending on the speed of your
Internet connection, it may take a little while to start