Jim Nixon uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Bob and I met at a gallery opening he was presenting in. He had heard about a ride I was doing called the Smart Ride for HIV Care. Over the next few weeks, we met and talked about doing the ride. Bob had a lot of doubt about doing the ride. I convinced him to join the Wheeling Warriors riding team and we started doing training rides. Every weekend it was more and more distance, to the point Bob started riding during the week adding, even more, rides to his training and many more miles. In Nov of 2019, we rode our bikes 168 miles, from Miami to Key West. Bob was dedicated to completing the ride he trained so hard for and raised money for HIV Services in Florida. AS we rode into Key West High School, I told Bob to take the lead, Ride in, in the front, as my trainer did for me the year before. Not Bob, Never one to be out front. he gladly celebrate his finish riding in second, happy and amazed he had completed such a monumental accomplishment. It was an honor to be team captain during Bob's ride in Smart Ride. As much as he loved to ride I'm sure he's cycling in the clouds.
The family of Robert Casper Ribits uploaded a photo
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Bill Kibler posted a condolence
Monday, September 13, 2021
Bob and I met while we were both living in Chicago in the mid-80's. I had known him for almost 35 years. We met at Bally's Health Club during a mutual workout. We grew to become close friends for many, many years. He was probably the most talented person I have ever met and certainly one of the nicest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a good man - fun-loving, kind, and compassionate. His passing comes as a tremendous shock, as he was so active and social. Several moves to different parts of the country physically distanced us from one another, with only phone calls tethering us these past few years but I will miss my friend and am very saddened by this loss. My deepest condolences are extended to his loving family and friends.
Helen Hughes posted a condolence
Saturday, September 11, 2021
There are no words adequate to convey how deeply sorry my husband and I are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Some things never end… like love, memories and the legacy of a life that meant so much. Bob lived his life in a way to restore faith in the goodness of people. His beautiful smile and welcoming personality had a way of making everyone feel like one of the most important people he’d ever met. I’m grateful for the frequent “real” conversations we had throughout 23 years. Bob made my life so much better. Robert Casper Ribits: the 2nd son of a 2nd son born on the 2nd is one of the most important persons I’ve ever known. Hey Honey, Kurt and I love you forever.
Bruce Kreps posted a condolence
Friday, September 10, 2021
Our sincerest condolences to the family on your enormous loss. I first met Bob at what may have been his first job out of school at KMH in Ceresco, Michigan. My wife Chris and I were immediately won over by his charming personality and we loved hanging out together. We were mutual admirers of each others work and decided to exchange pieces of art. We both moved on to other firms with me staying with the small town ad agencies and he going to the big city and finding great success. His smile was always as big as his heart so when, by chance I found him on Facebook after nearly 50 years and decided to hook up in St Pete, I could spot that familiar smile from a block away! He invited us up to his amazing condo to meet Otie who we fell immediately in love with. His condo was filled with his amazing art and an endless inventory of items, each of which had a fun or touching personal story to go with them. And I was pleased to see that he still proudly displayed the nude I had painted back in college. Of course we invited him to our place in Dunedin and were so happy to introduce him to our two adult children who quickly adored him. That was the effect he had on people. And while I feel cheated out of getting to know him all over again, I feel so blessed to have been able to share that little bit of time together. Rest In Peace my old friend.