“Rob Viti was a rare species. One of a kind. But as much as Rob was a unique man, he was also an everyman. And that’s what made him so special. He got along with everybody. He appreciated everything. Your background didn’t matter. Your money didn’t matter. Your education didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered to Rob was your character…He was an inspiration in every way…..He embraced every element of life to the fullest extent….Let’s use what Rob has taught us as we move forward…most of all, let’s place his soul in others.”
– Rob Elson, close friend, February 2011
“Rob was and Rob ‘is.’ Whether time goes on, stops, or runs backwards, his pure color is an enduring fixture of reality. His effect on us is permanent. His presence is indelible. His deep loyalty, generosity and humor are abiding; and his love is unbroken.”
– David Carter, uncle, February 2011[/rescue_column]
Read about Rob in his own words and view his work at http://gbombay.deviantart.com/
Read about Rob from his friends and family on the Rob Viti Memorial Facebook page.
Many of us tend to lose much of ourselves to the march of time and the more urgent demands of daily life. If it’s important enough though, most of us still have time to stop, take stock of our lives, and make adjustments. Rob was still fighting to find himself, to develop his talents amid the very real pressures of our world, when time ran out.
When your child dies much too soon, before he’s had a chance to leave his own lasting mark on the world, you feel a very real drive to do that for him. You need to ensure that although he’s gone there will be something real and solid left behind so that others will know he was here. You desperately want something good to come of something unthinkable.
And so the journey that was to become Rob’s Hope began. Throughout its evolution, the goal has been to create something that would honor both Rob’s gifts and his struggles by helping others with similar needs. Rob was son, grandson, brother, nephew, and perhaps most importantly, artist, musician, and friend. Despite his battle with depression and anxiety, he maintained a deeply loving heart and and a boundless capacity for helping others. It’s our job now, to pay it forward.
Rob’s Hope was founded on February 23, 2015, the fourth anniversary of his passing. Love never dies.
Rob’s Hope was founded in loving memory of Robert G. Viti.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax deductible