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Bob Kay, RIP

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Post by Jim Romine » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:49 pm

Bob Kay, label collector extraordinaire, and a true gentleman in the hobby, passed away early this morning after a long illness. He wasn't a Rusty Buncher, but there are few in this hobby who contributed more to the gathering and documenting of beer history than Bob. He wrote the definitive reference on Mini bottles in the 70's, and that book has stood the test of time very well. His multi-volume books on Pre-Pro through IRTP beer labels will never be surpassed. He amassed what must be considered the most comprehensive beer label collection ever gathered. A quiet, reserved guy, who always had a smile and time to talk. Still waters run deep, and that describes Bob. I lost an old friend, and the hobby lost an institution.
He leaves behind his wife Marilou and son Forrest. Please keep them in your thoughts.
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Re: Bob Kay, RIP

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Post by Leon » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:08 pm

Sorry to hear this. I bought some nice Michigan labels from him last year. RIP. Leon.
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Post by barfly » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:41 pm

An Institution- well said! ....R.I.P. Bob!

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Post by clevelandcanman11389 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:07 pm

Lost another legend of the hobby

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Post by idigrust » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:09 pm

Damn it.
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Post by pinnacle-project » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:05 pm

Too much of this lately.

I knew he had the label book, I did not know about the mini-bottles book. Did he have a web site too?
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Post by oldcrowncollector » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:03 am

Bobs Label books are,anazing
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Post by Lovegun » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:13 am

I always admired Bob's passion for what he did. We truly lost a good guy and a giant in this hobby.
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Post by jinsequa » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:07 pm

Bought many rare labels off of Bob over the years that built my Salem Brewery Association collection. This is a surprise since I just bought one off him about a month ago. My heart goes out to his family.
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Post by Beamer » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:20 pm

Huge loss. RIP Bob.
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Post by canhawk » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:51 pm

I spoke with Bob back in 2010 for this story. I remember his soft-spoken nature and deep knowledge of breweries.

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Post by Senator Seebs » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:07 pm

Well stated and beautifully said. I'm hopeful someone will pick up his torch and keep this fascinating segment of the hobby moving ahead.
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Post by DURTBAGG » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:27 pm

Sad news indeed. While not a label collector myself, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pick up a couple of fantastic, very tough pre pro WV labels from my hometown courtesy of Jim Romine via Bob.

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