RUSH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE 9/19
With salt water in his veins and Irish Coffee fueling his joie de
vivre, Bob Rush encompassed the spirit of Kismet from the
1960's when he arrived to his recent passing. Bob settled here as a Fort
Schuyler Merchant Marine Academy graduate. He spent years at sea as a merchant
marine before settling on the Staten Island ferry later in life. Friends with
Rich Grenemeyer (another Kismet stalwart) from their pre-teen years in
Freeport, Bobby started as a waiter at the Kismet Inn before buying the Kismet
Out with Warren Lem and Jack English in the 1970's.
enjoyed his life at the beach and his friends here were his anchors. Few people
knew he was fluent in EWOC, as an avid Star Wars fan. The more beers he
consumed the better he was at EWOC. He was also an avid member of the Kismet
Fire Department for close to forty years.
career as a merchant marine took him all over the world and his favorite
places; outside of Kismet were the Philippines and Costa Rica (the latter was
where he had an apartment). He retired several years ago to Staten Island where
he passed away over the July 4d' weekend. This Kismet original who can trace
his family to one the signers of the Declaration of Independence will be sorely
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timers, and Older Timers, fellow fire fighters and Kismet friends gathered to
reminisce about one of Kismet’s more colorful denizens. The KFD came out in
full dress uniform, a tribute to Bobby
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A plaque was dedicated to him and some past members; Angie and
Hank Ferrar, Dudley Fields, Frank X Mayer Saturday 9/19at 10 at the Firehouse,
open to all, was followed by lunch at the Inn, cash bar.
A Freeport school mate, Ritchie Grenameyer (Dick’s son),
brought Bobby out for a summer vacation at Kismet Then Bobby started as a
kitchen boy in the INN. He worked there for a few summers and climbed the
ladder of success to waiter and then bartender.
After graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy he tearned up
with Warren Lem and bought the Green Isle, which eventually became The Out.
Bobby left that to join the Merchant Marines working on the
Staten Island Ferries from which he retired after many years to live full time
in Kismet and Staten Island.
After a long illness he died this past July 4th
Attendees and speakers.
Tales were told illustrating both the mischievous side of Bobby
and his gracious good deeds.
Shannon’s husband, Joe
(Karl Dahl has the best, largely
unprintable stories of Bobby – worth a sit down)
“He was a guy’s guy and the love of his life was his daughter Shannon,
her husband Joe and his three grandchildren. It was a perfect ceremony bringing
laughs as well as the sentiment”