Braille Monitor                                                                                April 1986

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Bob Staley Dies

by Kenneth Jernigan

On Tuesday, February 18, 1986, Bob Staley died. His wife Hazel was sitting by his side holding his hand. It was the end of a struggle for life which had lasted for almost ten years. Bob Staley's indomitable will is shown by the problems he faced and, for so long a time, resisted. In 1977 he had a massive heart attack. This was followed by repeated operations and added tragedies --a brain tumor, lung cancer, spinal cord complications, and more. But he did not give up--and Hazel never wavered. She stayed by his side. In the Federation Hazel's strength and staying power are legendary. In the 1970's she served on the National Board of the Federation, and she has also been President of the North Carolina affiliate. Above all, Hazel Staley is known for her determination and integrity. She has both to an extremely high degree--and so did Bob. He was quiet and steadfast. The passing of Bob Staley is a great loss to our movement. He was respected, and he was loved. All of us are better for his having been with us.

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