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We Lost An Ambassador

In the last month, Montrose lost an ambassador of goodwill, hard work, friendship and a person who did more for this area than anyone in the last 150 years, bar none.

Anytime there was a problem or a situation arose, Robert "Bob" Babcock was there. He served his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He served his town, where he employed people who had the highest regard for their employer. He served his community as a member of Borough Council, the Lions Club, the VFW and American Legion, along with the local Chamber of Commerce. He was the go-getter (the one); when there was a problem, a need, or a good old butt chewing, Bob was the man.

I am proud to say I worked with this man, and friend, on the Chamber of Commerce to build parking lots for the town (at no cost to the boro) and to keep county government within its bounds by not taking taxpaying property off the public rolls. We were threatened by jail, and words but he led us true to the end; sometimes not the end of our liking, but he led. He was a leader.

I know Bob never asked for anything in return, but a "thank you," but you would think our local papers who report (??) the local news would at least say more than just the obit.


Paul Oleniacz

Montrose, PA

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