Today, both Benito and Rafa posted about the death of Bob Gaffney. Bob, or Uncle Bob as he was known to many Rafa fans, was a long time Rafa fan and former moderator in the forum on Rafa’s official website. If you weren’t a member of that forum, you might have known Bob from Twitter as @afterhours12. He had followed Rafa’s career since 2005 and spent some of that time taking pictures. When I first started looking for information on Rafa online, I came across many of Bob’s photos of Rafa and thought, “why don’t I try to do that?” Thanks for the inspiration, Bob.
Rafa’s to tribute Bob Gaffney on Facebook.
We just learned that Bob Gaffney, one of Rafa's biggest fans, passed away a couple of weeks ago. Our hearts are with him. RIP Bob!
— B1PR (@b1pr) August 27, 2013
This post has some of Bob’s 2008 IW photos.
Inés remembers Bob as a kind man who gave her the title of translator in the official forums. She says this is one of her favorite Bob photos of Rafa. Do you have any memories of him to share? Please do so in the comments.
So long, Bob. I’m assuming that the afterlife of a Rafa fan includes courtside seats for all his matches. Enjoy.