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ROBERT GENE TERRY

January 29, 1955 - March 16, 2021

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Robert “Bob” Gene Terry, was a man who cared deeply for his family, friends, nature, art, and humor. A Lincoln quote, positive affirmation, or joke would inevitably be part of any interaction with him. Bob left this world suddenly while swimming in the ocean on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the age of 66.

Bob was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska on January 29, 1955, and was the third son of Leonard Terry and Margaret Glavin. He was raised in Eugene Oregon with his siblings Melvin Terry, William Terry (deceased), Susan Terry, Sally Powell, Timothy Terry, Paul Terry (deceased), Alisa Kounovsky, and Sherman Terry.

Growing up in Eugene, Bob spent much of his time surrounded by nature. He developed a love for the outdoors and sketched landscapes as a young child and had a natural talent which was greatly encouraged by his art teacher, Mike Van. His combined passions for art and nature led him to Mexico after High School where he developed into a landscape artist. After leaving Mexico, Bob attended the Portland Art School, and it became clear to him that New York City was where he needed to be to pursue his art career. He hitchhiked to New York City, and NYC would become the anchor of his professional and artistic career throughout much of his life.

Bob became a recognized artist in the early 1980s and received grants, his work was shown in multiple galleries and universities throughout the United States and Europe. Much of his work reflects his passion for history and nature. Bob also worked in the moving industry and eventually started a small moving company of his own. He was always ready to give work to those who might need help getting a foothold in NYC.

In 1977, Bob met his wife Pamela while working seasonally in Alaska to support his art career. They settled in NYC in 1978 where they had two children: Wesley and Meghan. They divorced but remained close companions until Bob’s final day. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather. Nothing gave him more joy than being with his family. He was over the moon with being a grandfather and would get on the floor and play with all of his grandkids, they were his pride and joy.

Many remember Bob as a good friend with a big heart, ready to listen and help in any way he could. He believed in giving people chances in life and in taking chances in life. He was 11 years sober and actively involved in AA meetings, he mentored and helped others who were in recovery. He especially enjoyed family vacations with his grandchildren and children at Cape May, NJ and the Outer Banks, NC, and with his siblings on the Oregon Coast. He made visiting friends and family a big priority in his life, nothing made him happier than spending time with the people he loved. He is remembered as being open and inviting to others.

Bob enjoyed bowling, movies, discovering new music, traveling, history, reading, and walking in nature. Bob is remembered as a dedicated artist who mastered his craft and left us with an extraordinary number of beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits. He encouraged a love of art with those around him, becoming an honorary tour guide to all things art (art museums, galleries, etc.)

Bob is survived by his two children (Wesley Terry and his wife Christie and their two children Julian and Penelope) and (Meghan Terry and her fiancé Josh Christoph and son Reid). He is also survived by his mother Margaret Terry, brothers: Melvin Terry, Timothy Terry, and Sherman Terry, sisters: Susan Terry, Sally Powell, and Alisa Kounovsky, and a host of other family members and friends.

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