STAUNTON -- Family and friends trying to cope with their loss held a memorial service Saturday morning to remember Robert Fitzgerald, an avid outdoorsman who disappeared while hiking on Shenandoah Mountain last November.
Fitzgerald's loved ones shared their memories of the man they knew as Bobby - a man whom friends describe as kind, gentle and humble, and who always had a twinkle in his eye.
"Bobby had a heart so big it would like bust right open," said one woman who attended the service. "He was just a sweet sweet human being. And I appreciate him now as much as ever."
Some of these same people scanned the hills last fall, searching for Bobby after he disappeared. But today the message was one of remembrance.
"'There's a time to seek, and a time to let go,'" said Pastor Steve Paulus, quoting scripture. "In our hearts we need to remember Bobby. Celebrate him, as we did today. But also, in a sense, it is a time to lay him to rest."
For Fitzgerald's loved ones left behind, it may not be closure, but it is at least some comfort - even if it cannot be "case closed."
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