News just reached the fruit jar hobby that Robert Clay passed away in March. Our sincere condolences to his wife Vicky, and their family.
Bob was a long-time collector of Ball jars. Here is his obituary, as well as an excerpt from the Legends of the Jar interview that Bruce Schank wrote, and then some comments from Bob's friends on the Ball Jar Collectors forum.
Here is a text excerpt:
Comments from Bob's friends on the Ball Jar Forum,where Bob used the nickname 'Old Has-Been' :
Jeff Klingler: "Bob was one of the Original creators of this site, a long time BALL Corp employee and was the guy who really put colored BALL jars on the map. In recent years bob has not had internet access and no computer, so he hasn't been able to post on this site in 2-3 years. But if you go back and read some of his posts here, you will see how much knowledge and info he contributed to this site and to the fruit jar hobby in general. Bob even had a website years ago that that MANY people linked to when determining the age of a BALL jar.
So this is a real big loss to the fruit jar collecting hobby, and to all of us BALL jar collectors. even though i never met him in person, we sure had a lot of fun with the discussions on this site all those years. he sure will be missed.
RIP bob, aka Old Has Been."
Joe Coulson: "I am very sad to hear that news. I had the privilege of meeting Bob at the St. Louis Bottle Show in 2011, and it truly was a special occasion. I got to hear firsthand about the "pick to pack" ratio tracking that he invented at the Okmulgee Ball Plant, and several other stories. He was a very positive and encouraging person who has inspired me to dig deep into Ball jar collecting and Ball jar history. The volumes of glass manufacturing wisdom that he has left as a legacy on this site clearly demonstrates the expertise that he had and the love he had for the hobby. I'm glad we had Bob's involvement during the formative years of this site. "
Rob: "Bob.. will be missed by many ....He had a huge effect on many Collectors .We are forever indebted to him for great volumes of his knowledge of Ball made jars...
Preserved forever in the posts here on this forum ..."
Michael: "Bob Clay was my mentor.
Bruce Schank: "I write these words with a heavy heart. My long time protoge and friend in the fruit jar hobby has passed on into eternity. Bob Clay was more than just a fellow collector and far more than just an acquaintance, and although we only met but once in three plus decades, we established a thriving friendship over those years that went far beyond fruit jars.
Read Bob Clay's comments about attending one of the St. Louis bottle shows here.
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