W2FWU - July 6, 2007

Robert J. Stross
Shelby, SC

CAYCE - Private graveside services for Robert J. Stross, 90, will be held in the Lebanon United Methodist Church cemetery. Woodridge Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge. Mr. Stross died July 6, 2007. He was a ham radio operator, a member of the Lions Club, a retired insurance salesman and avid sailor. Surviving: sister Mildred Story and a host of friends

73,
John WØIKT
Hey John (WØIKT (in Anderson)

Yes, we'll all miss "Fuzzy" (Bob Stross - W2FWU - "Fuzzy Wuzzy Underwear") as we like to call him. He was president of the Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, in Columbia for at least 7 years, as I recall. Then he talked me into being the president for awhile, as he wanted to step down. As no one wanted to be the president, I just volunteered and so it was. When living on Lake Murray with his lovely wife Bert, Bob had a great shack. He took over the entire garage, enclosed it, re-wired the walls and had 6 vintage rigs set up for each HF band with it's own antenna. All he had to was roll his chair in front of a rig, and throw a switch to be on the air on that band. Bob collected many older rigs, refurbished them and put them on the air. He was also very active on 2 meters daily with all of us.

Bob was also quite an artist. He would go to garage sales and buy any amateur artist's canvas painting with a frame, take them apart, paint the canvas completely with white oil paint and then proceed to paint his own creation. On many occasions we went together to the Shelby Hamfests and both of us delighted ourselves with inspecting or turning over nearly every item old and new, in the flea market as well as visiting all the tables and vendors. Needless to say, we stopped for many eyeball QSO's with the OM's we talked with on the air. Bob was very tight, as everyone knew. At a hamfest he had two wallets. One with just a few dollars to pull out, mostly to solicit a bit of pity from the seller, and then get the item at a rock bottom price. The other wallet, with much larger bills, was rarely pulled out. He was a master at haggling! We had many enjoyable and happy times going to the hamfests together.

He had great tragedy in his life by loosing his beloved wife, Bert, in an accidental house fire that destroyed all their belongings, but he held on to a vigorous life afterwards with his Barnyard Flea Market Stereo and Audio store. Bob was a great rag chewer, delightful person to know and such a good friend to me. He'll always be a great memory for me.

73's - Dave - K4MJN (Mean, Jealous and Nasty!)