By Leslie W. Rue, ACBS President 1994
ACBS and the entire antique and classic boating world lost an unforgettable and valued member with the passing of Dr. Robert J. Johnson on July 1st of this year.
Bob was also affectionally known as “Big Bob”, “The Tipster” or “Tippy”. The “Big Bob” came from Bob’s rotund physique, you couldn’t miss him. The term also describes Bob’s personality ; it was big , engaging , and always pleasant.
The term “Tipster” or “Tippy” came from the ongoing articles on boating and restoration tips that Bob wrote for several years in Chris Craft Club’s “Brass Bell”.
As a practicing physician, Bob was always the “go to guy” when anyone needed medical assistance at a boat show. Bob served on the ACBS board of directors in the early 1990’s and rarely missed an annual meeting. He was also active in his local chapter (Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes) . As a sidelight, Bob was a personal friend of Bob Speltz. “The Tipster” participated in more than 20 St. John’s river cruises and on many occasions trailered his boat, with his long term and devoted partner, Beth Kessler, all the way from Minnesota.
May Bob rest in peace and have unlimited heavenly boat cruises.