Remembering Rob

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16 Responses to “Remembering Rob”

  1. Janet told me a funny story at the house on Monday. It was Christmas day. (Rob was in high school.) My other cousin Samantha & I were sitting in the Panacci’s living room. Rob had lost some weight & we had not seen him in a few months. He walked into the room to find Sammy & I commenting him on how great he looked. Sammy said “Rob, you look like a cop.” I have no idea why she thought that – maybe it was the way he was dressed? Maybe it was the belt — He always had a nice shirt on tucked in with a belt! Anyway, I looked at her & said “A cop? NO! He looks like a stripper cop!” That’s Rob. My cousin, the babe. Rob went from my little silly cousin to a helpful, happy, friendly and handsome young man. He was ALWAYS willing & happy to help out family. One example is when he and my brother moved my furniture out of storage for me when I moved into an apartment. I think they both hated me by the end of the day. But I paid Rob to thank him & he was sooooo excited! Or when he pushed my car up highway 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach as it had overheated. Finally he got back in my car & said, “let’s blast the heater. It will help cool off the radiator.” So we sat in my car with the heater blasting in 90 degree weather for the last 1/2 hour of the drive dripping with sweat. Rob, I will miss you dearly. I love you.

  2. We have known Rob since he was 4 years old. I will never forget the quiet little boy that shied away at birthday parties and had to be coaxed to join in at family events, but once he did “Look out”. I will never forget him dressed in his little tuxedo at his parent’s wedding, he was so proud to be wearing it. It’s so great to read about how well liked and thought of he was by his coworkers and Brothers. The little boy grew to be a fine young man that we are all proud of. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Rob,
    I remember you most when you were striving towards your career as a firefighter. You had to be a fighter even before you were on the force and we watched your persistence and perserverence as you first became an EMT and then went on to realize your life’s goal. One of my fondest memories was your first night working as an EMT. Our family was at your parents house and you had just finished your shift and had delivered a baby….wow!
    Wishing you peace now. You will be talked about constantly and at some point we will all be able to move on with our lives, but it will never be the same without you.
    To Janet, Frank, Kelly, Lisa, Tony, Gina and Frankie…thank you for sharing Rob with us. We love you all.
    Nancy, Rick, Maiya and Ava Holliday (Berkeley, CA)

  4. Rob, We will miss you dearly. Riley will miss excitedly opening the curtains to see that you’re “home,” and hollaring “Fireman here, mommy! Firetruck outside!” (despite that all he saw on your p-up truck was a fire dept sticker and your license plate). You were his hero daily. You brought smiles to the many people who knew you. I will miss the late evenings long ago when you used to phone to ask me to pick you up after being “out on the town.” Oh, those were fun times. For your family, please let us know if there’s anything we can do — really, ANYTHING. Rob, God has called you home early for another purpose, which we have a hard time understanding and accepting right now in our sorrow and pain. May the Lord bring your family peace and comfort until we see you again.

  5. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Janet, Frank, Kelly, Lisa, Tony, Gina and Frankie

    I wanted to take a moment and let you all know that I draw inspiration from the manner in which all of you have faced the loss of Rob. One month has passed since he left us….I just want you guys to know that Nancy and I think of you quite often…we look forward to seeing you during the X-mas holidays. Rick Holliday

    P.S. Tony…you might want to check out the PBS special on Roberto Clemente

  7. Frank, Janet and the gang!
    It was so great to see all of you on Thanksgiving. We were definitely thinking of Rob a lot at this time and remembering him with love.
    Hugs to all.
    Gina….I can’t believe how much you swim!!!!

  8. Rob, you would have laughed your butt off last night at Tony. He was hilarious at our party! We miss you & shared some fun memories of you last night! Thinking of you… Jess

  9. Thinking a lot about Rob this weekend. I was talking to Gina about my experience of losing another loved on, now 13 years ago. At some point you just want to yell ali ali oxin free… over, time to come out of your hiding place….but…….
    My love to all the family and of course to Rob. I know it is a tough time.
    Big hugs

  10. Thank you Nancy. For me, I really appreciate any and all thoughts of Rob. It sure does still hurt but it really does help.

  11. My sweet boy with a humble charm, you became a beautiful and honorable young man that we miss each second of each day.Our love and so many memories will never fade. I love you

  12. love to you all panaccis!! I’m so glad this site lives on for Rob…

  13. Rob my dear son, not a day, hour or minute goes by that I don’t think of you. I miss you dearly. Love you Dad.

  14. Watching the fallen firefighters service on TV is too much on this 30th of yours, especially since Father John did your service as well. Lots and lots and lots of love to you on this special birthday. xoxoxoxoxo

  15. Dear wonderful Family and Friends,

    It seems impossible to believe that another year has passed since we last walked in the JDRF Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes. In that year another 15, 000 children and young adults have been diagnosed. On October 16, 2011 we will again walk to fund the research that will find a cure.

    Juvenile Diabetes first touched our lives in February of 1997 when our 15 year old son, Rob, was diagnosed. Along with Rob, our family learned that this disease had the power to change daily life. Multiple needle pricks, injections, glucose monitor readings, carb counting, key tones all became part of our new vocabulary. Insulin became the most important of all our possessions. Over the years we watched as Rob met the challenges Juvenile Diabetes brought to his life with a quiet determination. We watched Rob thrive while the unspoken fear for the long term effects Juvenile Diabetes could take were ever present. Although tremendous strides in the management of Juvenile Diabetes were made during the 12 years Rob lived with this disease, we came to learn that management was not enough. Never did it enter our thoughts that we would face the nightmare of losing our beautiful boy to this disease, but on October 19, 2008 our family learned the power of this disease when it took our Rob.

    Thank you to the many who have so generously walked and donated to JDRF in the past, we are truly grateful. We will be taking part in the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes again this year with “Team Rob Panacci” and ask that you consider helping us reach our goal to raise $1000. Your tax deductible donation of $10 or more will include you in the battle to bring about the cure that is within our reach.

    There are several ways to participate.

    You can join us and walk with Team Rob Panacci on October 16 at the Oakland Zoo. A “Team Rob” tee shirt will be given to all who pre register online at


    If you are unable to walk, you can make a tax deductible donation with a credit card on line at or send a donation to JDRF-Team Rob Panacci


    You can take a moment on the day of this walk to remember Rob for something about him that makes you smile.

    On this bittersweet day we will walk with hope that each step brings us closer to a cure and to honor the strength, dignity and inspiration that is the legacy Rob has left to all who loved him.

    Again, thank you for your support

    Janet Panacci

  16. I wanted to express some feelings and memories about Rob Panacci,
    I meet Rob along time ago. We were both young and in high school. From the moment we meet I noticed a quiet unsure sense about Rob. He was always very polite and kind, but he was not very confident in himself. Over the next few years that faded away and I watched Rob become a man of great conviction and pride. I have pages of great memories and crazy adventures that will always help me remember him.
    He was a great football player, and a handy guy to help you work on your truck. He loved his trucks!
    He was a kind and loving friend. He would always help you, no matter when, where, or why! He would be there for you. He was selfless in his actions.
    Rob was determined to become a firefighter, he knew it would be tough, but Rob did not back down from adversity. He was not afraid to stand up and fight for what he believed in. I always respected him for that. I could always rely on Rob. I am sad to say that we did grow apart for a few years, I will regret that forever. When we saw each other, there was no time lost. We would fall back into the same routine we had ten plus years before. I have so many great memories, but not enough space to write them all down.
    Thank you for all your kind words, selfless acts of bravery and for your honor. You have helped me be a better man. I miss you Robbie. I am so proud that you became the man I always knew you were. I believe that Rob was able to find the confidence and self-respect in himself from being in the Fire Department.
    I am warmed by the wonderful messages written on his behalf, I wish I could have seen him in his uniform. You are a guardian angel, watching over us and giving us the strength to pursue our dreams as you did yours.
    I love you Rob, you will be in my heart forever, I miss you and I thank you for all you did for me. Thanks for being my friend to the end. Best wishes to The Panacci family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    I hope that over the next years to come that more memories and stories will be written about Rob.

    Matt Signorella