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Old 11-05-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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It is with deep sadness I report the passing of Bob "Sunset Bob" Morrell. His wife Anne, his soulmate of five years, announced his passing on Facebook and said that services will out of the Peaslee Funeral Home in Farmington. Obituary information should be available in the next few days, on Facebook or in the Salem MA newspaper, as well as the Peaslee website. Deepest sympathies to Anne, their families, and friends.

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Old 11-05-2015, 08:08 AM   #2
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While I never met Bob, I always enjoyed his wonderful pictures and his many contributions to the forum.

May he rest in peace...

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Bob was a very active member of this site since 2002 and his contributions will be greatly missed. He posted 1701 times on this forum and shared 1320 of his wonderful pictures on our Photopost. RIP Bob. Whenever I see a beautiful sunset I'll think of you.

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This is so sad. Sunset Lake will never be the same without him. My heart goes out to Anne. Rest in peace Bob.
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A kind and good man, a great photographer, cat lover... he will be missed by all who knew him. As with most of you here, have been on FB messaging Anne, reading her emotional postings over the past couple months which have been a tough fight. She saw a shooting star last night after Bob passed, and believes it was him telling her he was okay. I think so too. RIP Bob. You will be sorely missed.
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I, too, have been following Anne's postings these past two months. I have found myself checking FB numerous times each day just to see if there was anything new on Bob's condition. So sad... RIP Bob, we will all think of you each time we see a beautiful sunset.
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I had the pleasure to meet and enjoy his stories of his racing past, his water skiing accomplishment, 'orb' and chair skiing as well as boating with him on Sunset Lake and Winnipesaukee.

He will be missed, but good memories will be cherished. His last days were difficult, but somehow God provided a paradise for him to enjoy it. Anne along with Wicked Acres.
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I had the pleasure of spending a day on the lake (well, the frozen version) with him in my airboat years ago. Great, day, great guy. Very sorry to hear about his passing.
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Bob will be missed by many who knew him and those who only knew him here on the Photopost. This past summer he took me for a ride in his new Larson on Sunset Lake and I shall remember that last cruise with him forever. I won one of his Sunset photos at a Forum Fest and it is in a prominet place in our home. RIP Bob.
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Gods Speed Bob, which still may not be fast enough for you......

I am lucky enough to have a couple of pictures that Bob took... I won these at Forum Fest several years ago, where I had the honor of also meeting Bob for the first time. I have shared comments back and forth with Bob and admired his photography ever since. He had a unique eye, and made the world seem so much more beautiful in his images....

My heart goes out to all his close friends, family and of course Anne... the world has lost a great individual, and artist....
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Very sorry to hear of his passing. I loved viewing his images. He will be missed by many.
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I just noticed that Bob's Photopost pictures have been viewed 3,842,438 times!
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I remember Bob from one of the ForumFests and won one of his sunset pictures. I have it posted in my den. I have been following the Facebook postings by Anne and others. Initial postings were that they were buying a beautiful 18 acre home called Wicked Acres in Alton. Shortly afterward, they discovered his cancer and found out it was terminal. Then they got married a couple weeks ago and Anne has been a very loving caretaker with help from lots of others.

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Wish we had met Bob. Always enjoyed his photos he has shared with us all. God bless you Bob.

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To those who remember the Forum Fest in Center Harbor (year?). Bob won the Smoking Loon bike. He still had the bike when he moved into Wicked Acres (which is 18 acres) and it still looked beautiful.
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To those who remember the Forum Fest in Center Harbor (year?). Bob won the Smoking Loon bike. He still had the bike when he moved into Wicked Acres (which is 18 acres) and it still looked beautiful.
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I am so sad to hear of Bob's passing. He attended many Forum Fest's and always contributed his pictures to the raffles. He is a part of our community forever.

Anne, please know that I am thinking of you.

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Here is his obituary. It notes he bought his home "Wicked Acres' on September 11th 2015. He died at only 62. Terribly sad. May he rest in peace.


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Robert S. Morrell, age 62, of Muchado Hill Road in Alton, NH, died quietly at home, November 4, 2015. Born September 20, 1953 in Melrose, MA, son of Stanley A. Morrell and Louise M. (Sym) Morrell, he was a graduate of Masconomet Regional High School, Class of 1971 and attended East Coast AeroTech. He grew up at camp on Sunset Lake in Alton, where he loved boating, water skiing and parasailing with dear friends. Coming from Middleton, Massachusetts, he bought his home “Wicked Acres” on Muchado Hill Road in Alton, NH on September 11, 2015. Prior to retirement, he was employed with the Aircraft Engines Division at General Electric in Lynn, Mass., for 38 years. He was known as “Sunset Bob” at the Winnipesaukee Forum, for his beautiful photography. At the New England Dragway Forum, for many years, he raced his beloved car, a 1974 Pontiac Firebird, his “first wife”. On October 18, 2015 he married “his Angel” Anne M. (Gallant) Morrell. Survived by his wife Anne and her children: Stephen Weeden and Stacy Weeden, his sister: Diane Dow, a niece, a nephew, a great niece and a great nephew, a special friend: Susan Shepherd Lawrence, also a special friend and coworker Richard “Dickie” DeRochemont. Bob and Anne rescued 2 cats born under the camp: Ace and Nikon. Calling hours are Sunday from 1-4pm with a service at 2:30pm at PEASLEE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Central Street, FARMINGTON, NH 03835. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Seacoast Area Feline Education & Rescue “Safer” PO Box 153, Hampton, NH 03843, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Very sorry to hear this news. It's obvious he loved life. My condolences to his family. RIP Sunset Bob.
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That's so sad. His obituary indicated he was married not even a few weeks ago. I never had the chance to meet him but he sure sounded like a great guy.


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Rest in peace Bob. I proudly display one of his photos in my office (that I won at a Forum Fest raffle).
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To those who remember the Forum Fest in Center Harbor (year?). Bob won the Smoking Loon bike. He still had the bike when he moved into Wicked Acres (which is 18 acres) and it still looked beautiful.
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What a wonderful man! I met him for the first time at FFIII at the LSP. Here he is in the yellow T on the right, with some of us.
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Bob may have taken this photo (?) This was the year he won the bike I believe!
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Wow, that's very sad.

He was so young, too (62!!!).

Bob, you will be missed for sure!
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Did not know Bob. Same age as me, and born in the same city, Melrose, and a Riverworks guy at that! The outpouring is such a tribute, and the forum family will genuinely miss his pictorial creativity.

The forum is such a great medium for splendor that Mother Nature has given us, and the tight, charitable community that is so evident here.

As my 86 year old mother (spiritual to a fault, I've been relegated to PT Catholic) proclaims often We know not the day or the hour.

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What a wonderful man! I met him for the first time at FFIII at the LSP. Here he is in the yellow T on the right, with some of us.
That's where I met him, and also for the first time.

Sunset Bob, Skipper of the CQ (also passed) and I had a long conversation—about cars!

At the Center Harbor ForumFest, he was racing around taking pictures of everyone else, so I snapped one of him—naturally, it was blurred.

A sad RIP, Sunset Bob...
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As you honor Bob’s life,
May wonderful memories of him
Help you celebrate and commemorate his life,
Remind you of his love,
And bring peace and healing to your hearts.
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We were saddened to hear that Sunset Bob has passed away. May he rest in peace. We will often think of him out cruising the lake with his ever-present camera while were are out sailing. He generously gave us many wonderful photos of HALEAKALA several years ago. We still enjoy them sharing with friends and fellow sailors.
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Bob's love for life won't be forgotten - whether it was pretty sunset or a fast car, he shared his passions with us here in the forum and in the real-world. My heart goes out to his family and especially to his bride, Anne. His is a life to celebrate - he always had a kind word and a smile, and he adored his Beloved Anne. Hugs to his family as we remember him with great fondness.
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So sorry to hear this. He will be missed.

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Great photos forum members. Nice remembrance. Met him once at the Loon foundation FF.
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If pictures are worth a 1000 words Sunset Bob wrote the best encyclopedia ever.
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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a good friend! I wondered why he didn't come to "visit" me over at the Eagles Nest this year! I will miss my friend! Rest in Peace, my friend
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Bob's Final Journey

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A few years ago I was friended by a guy that liked to Boat on Lake Winnipesaukee - He saw me flying overhead and was intrigued, he reached out via Facebook - We conversed on and off, at one point he sent me his address and I would do fly-bys over his home - I would see him on his dock waving - Later he would message me that it lifted his spirits - We have never met, we have never even spoken

Last year I learned that he was diagnosed with Cancer - He reached out and asked that I spread his ashes from my plane at a specific location when the time came - I designed and built a device for this - He passed last November 2015 - The plan was for this to take in the Spring of 2016 - Although in January, I was in a life-threatening accident and no one, including myself, knew if I would make it back into the sky

This was one of his final wishes, his wife waited patiently for my recovery, she wrote, "whatever it takes" - Finally the stars aligned and we got this to happen in September of 2016 - When I finally met his wife to pick up his ashes, I was told that he would have liked to have shaken my hand - While it is true that we had never met or spoken, at least we got to take our first and last flight together - This is the video of that Final Journey

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Just awesome!

Thanks for sharing that!!

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Absolutely beautiful ..... cant stop watching it.
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Dad died in 1998, mom in 2005. They wish to have their ash spread on Lake Winni in front of their home on Terrace Hill Rd in Gilford.

In the fall of 2005, I took the Laker up and travel along the shores of the lake, after the final journey, I open the urns and spread the ashes out on The Broads in front of the old camp. My father, quite the fisherman was intimidated by an old bass. He made a wish before he died. 'Spread my ash so that the bass can kiss my ass!'.
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Thanks for sharing
what a wonderful gesture!!

may his memory be a blessing for all who knew him
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Not to rain on anyone's parade (and I could really care less about the "rules" to tell the truth) but I thought there were laws about spreading/not spreading ashes like that? Seems I remember a family member having some issues some years back after they let too many people know of their intentions?
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Not to rain on anyone's parade (and I could really care less about the "rules" to tell the truth) but I thought there were laws about spreading/not spreading ashes like that? Seems I remember a family member having some issues some years back after they let too many people know of their intentions?
That is true. Just don't tell anyone!
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Top-Water, that video was fantastic.

I to be friended Bob, through Facebook and this forum. I was lucky enough to meet him through some of the forum fests... He was a great man.... who enjoyed life, more then I think any of us realized...
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The video of Bob's Last Journey is so touching and brings back the many memories I have of him. It brings tears of wonderful memories to my eyes.
During a time when I did not own a boat Bob contacted me and he took me on a cruise of the lake that was wonderful. He and I shared our deep love of the lake that day.
Bob and the love of his life, Anne, followed us in his boat while we were on a charted 30' yacht taking the photos of our wedding on the lake in 2011. For these and many other things he did I am eternally gratefull. I miss him and all he brought to life and to those around him.
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