A celebration fit for a Jedi

Thank you all for your love and support and sharing your memories of Rob over this past week.

The three of us have been grieving in our own ways: Coop got a mowhawk, Sadie got a pedicure, and I have been surrounded by good friends and loving family all week.

There will be a celebration of Rob’s life on Saturday, June 9th from 2 – 4 pm at the summit of the Point Lookout Resort in Lincolnville, Maine. Weather permitting, the ceremony will take place outside. The dress code is strictly casual and if you have a favorite concert t-shirt or Star Wars attire, please wear it. I will.

For those traveling to the service, cabins at the resort can be rented by calling 800-515-3611. Please refer to the Bromee Memorial service.

Here is the resort website for additional information:  http://www.visitpointlookout.com/

Here is Rob’s obituary that is also in the Portland, Maine and Wilmington, Delaware papers today:

Rob Bromee of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, father, husband, Jedi, and totally righteous dude was born October 17, 1968 in Gardena, California to James and Barbara Bromee. Rob grew up in Elmer, New Jersey, but considered Maine his adopted home state.

Rob was an inventor and an adventurer, but music was his true passion. Music was always playing when Rob was around; it was an essential part of his life. He was a huge Phish and Grateful Dead fan and in his early 20s he went on tour with the Grateful Dead and sold ice cold Molson’s and grilled cheese sandwiches to fellow Dead Heads from his buddy Bob’s motor home. Rob attended almost every Phish festival and all kinds of other music festivals, from Bonnaroo to Bluegrass. He never missed a chance to see live music. He was also a lover of the infinite cosmos and the stars, including Wars, Trek, and Gate.

Robs festival campsites were legendary and were more like multimedia compounds than rustic campsites. There wasn’t anything Rob couldn’t fix or fashion, and he always came prepared. People considered themselves lucky to camp near Rob–his amazing arsenal of gadgets was only secondary to his generosity and kindness.

Rob knew the importance of seizing opportunities and making things happen. Rob wasn’t interested in long-range planning or dreaming of retirement to start having fun – Rob did life in reverse and made every moment count. Rob’s life was spent planning his next adventure. Cross country road trips, vacations to London and Jamaica, moving to Maui on a whim, and living aboard a sailboat cruising the Bahamas—were just a few of his favorite adventures. Although Rob’s life was short, it was never dull.

Rob’s profession was Information Technology in which he was naturally gifted and shared his talents with various companies throughout his career. From an early age technology feared him, and problems would dissolve when Rob got involved.

Rob is survived by the loves of his life and his biggest fans, his wife of 14 years Kasey, two supremely awesome kiddos, Cooper (8) and Sadie (6), as well as his parents, Jim and Barbara. Rob was pre-deceased by his brother Jimmy.

Rob was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2010, and died May 12, 2012 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with The Grateful Dead playing–and his wife, kids, and loving family members by his side.

In lieu of flowers, a trust has been established for his young Padawans. Donations can be made out to the Coop & Sadie Trust c/o Key Bank — 9 Meadow Way, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107.

 A celebration of his life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 9th at the summit of the Point Lookout Resort in Lincolnville, Maine.

13 Responses to “A celebration fit for a Jedi”

  1. Nancy Caballero Says:

    This is so beautiful and perfect Kasey. I am dusting off my Star Trek communicator pin and hunting down transportation. Love to you all!

  2. Darrell Barrett Says:

    A distant star of his constellation, I take inspiration from the description of his life. Although I will not make the celebration, know that I often think of his situation and how he faced it. I wish I had the qualities he seemed to posses. It’s truly admirable. What a way to live life.

  3. Jim Harding Says:

    We’ll be there!

  4. Bob Trainor Says:

    Rob’s obituary was so tastefully written. A Very inspirational account of his life. His Molson slinging…Grill cheese Cookin’ buddy would not miss it for the world.

  5. Mark Hourani Says:

    I just booked my flight and look forward to a great celebration for a great guy.

  6. Scott Vickery Says:

    Room is booked. See y’all there. Hopefully Bob will demonstrate the art of grilled cheese and Molsons 🙂 A celebration for my friend and hero, Rob Bromee!

  7. Patty Michaels Says:

    Hello, I am so sorry for your incredible loss. I read of Rob’s passing in the Delaware paper. And although I never knew your husband, Kasey, it is obvious that you and Rob spent a lifetime together. A lifetime that in just a few paragraphs has made more people than just myself, I am quite sure, happily envious of. Rejoice in what you had and how you will see Rob over and over again in your children as they grow. Please take care.

  8. Jo Morina-Doran Says:

    Kasey and family,
    So sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May peace be with all of you.

  9. Michelle Hannan Says:

    Kasey and Family- we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful tribute to Rob. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers that this very difficult time.

  10. Mark Roussel Says:

    Kasey and family,

    You won’t remember me but I bought your camper 2 years ago. I had the pleasure of experiencing Rob’s fine humor and rare talents during our lengthy emails about how to work all of the gadgets he had added. It was plain to see that he was practically a camping fanatic and I’m happy to say that he turned me into one too. I was shocked to hear of his sudden illness and even more shocked today…when I was thinking of him and decided to check his website. Rest assured that he is up there watching over you all…and probably, already thinking of ways to make heaven even better. Peace be with you and your family through this difficult time. Rob…great fight, man…hope I can handle life the way you did.

  11. David Kimball Says:

    I remember you and Rob from our time together at MBNA so long ago. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children.

  12. Jenni Says:

    Hi Kasey,
    I felt compelled to leave a thought for you – I’m not quite sure how I ended up on your blog – truly, I just opened Firefox to send an email, looked away for a moment, and when I looked back your blog was open on my desktop to this post… I don’t believe in random coincidences, so I guess I can chalk it up to “in the strangest of places you get shown the Light…”

    While I don’t know you or Rob, I still want to you to know how sorry I am for your loss. Rob sounds like a terrific guy! I too am married to a Grateful Delawarean named Rob. And, I know how uniquely special they are. 🙂 Keep your chin up – and know that your family and your story – even in the darkest of hours – can and will continue to inspire even strangers.


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