AN APPRECIATION: FAREWELL TO ‘LIEUTENANT BOB’
By Monica Forrestall
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Wednesday, Nov. 19 was Tribeca’s beloved Lt. Bob Smith’s last day on the job. For 15 years, Smith has stood at the doorway of the New York Supreme Court Civil Branch building at 71 Thomas St. (with a total of 29 years working in the courts).
And so this was the last day that our son Maxwell Schuss, who’s walked by “Bob’s corner” every school day for the last 8-plus years, would be seeing him. Max had gotten up early to put the finishing touches on a goodbye card (Yankees themed). A little reminiscing, gratitude and a fond farewell were in order for our family on this morning.
For years, Smith had been part of the morning ritual of our son Max and many other neighborhood children as they walk to school and stop to say good morning. Max’s friendship with Bob goes back to when he was in kindergarten at P.S. 234.
“He’s had a big impact on kids in our neighborhood,” said Max, “because school can be stressful but he’ll smile, says hello and it starts the day off right.”
So many times we’ve walked down Thomas Street to West Broadway on the block’s downward slope, and see ahead other children stopping to say hello.
Bob, nicknamed “Officer Bob,” is a tall, friendly man, always with a nice word for kids headed to school. “I always smile, and try to make them smile, even if they’re crying,” Bob said.
Bob, who has a Masters from Manhattan College and taught school for seven years, said he had “always greeted my kids with a big good morning at the start of each day, and taught them to do the same.” He kept that tradition going in Tribeca and helped to foster a small-town feeling, where everyone knows the name of the postman or the lady at the corner store. His co-workers dubbed him the “Mayor of Thomas Street” or his friendly greetings to passersby.
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Smith, Bob [MC????]
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I believe that Robert (Bob) is a member of the Class of 1974.
A credit to the NYS Court System!
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Smith, Bob [MC1974]
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