June 23, 2012

In Remembrance

In Remembrance of USAPA Ambassador Bob Northrop

It is with great sadness that I learned that Bob Northrop of Kalamazoo passed away.

Bob was a super guy; he and Melissa Muha were the USAPA Ambassadors that got Pickleball rolling in Kalamazoo and beyond in Western Michigan. Bob was an unassumingly professional in everything he did from creating state-of-the-art tournament software that put the Kalamazoo tournaments in a class of their own, to hosting Michigan Senior Olympics Dance Sport competitions that resembled the finest weddings that you could have attended.

The Kalamazoo Pickleball website that Bob built became a model for others to emulate.

Bob will be sorely missed; he was a kind and humble man; and a good friend.

The community of pickleball players observed a moment of silence in memory of Bob at the Meijer State Games.

Dick Manasseri