OC Transpo bus crash victim Rob More had 'dry wit'
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge Rob More by his modest Barrhaven home and the impression he left with neighbours. He made most of his short life. Neighbours refer to the brand new, semi-detached townhome on the edge of the suburban sprawl as "the ghost house" because they rarely saw anyone go in or come out.
It's pick-up day, but it's the only home on the short street without garbage cans at the curb. Their are tufts of fur at the bottom of the steps but no sign of a dog, a pile of unread flyers, a suitcase by the door.
But those who knew Rob More were in awe of what he'd accomplished, in an unapologetic and character-filled way. The 35 year-old had cystic fibrosis and joined LiveWorkPlay in 1999 and was a member of their Bronson Community Thrift Centre team. Co-leader Keenan Wellar was proud of Rob and his family.
"I've known him a long time," he said. -There was a family plan to get him out on his own, but he sure didn't need us anymore -- and that is awesome."
Not only did More manage to move out of his parents' Greely home, but he got his own place which neighbours say he shared with his sister. He'd also landed a good job at IBM and had been working there about 10 years. That's where he was headed early Wednesday morning, aboard the 76 bus -- its route starting just a block from his front door. Wellar said stories about More have become the stuff of legend at LiveWorkPlay.
"He had a scalding dry wit," he said. "He would deliver the most shocking statements with a straight face, especially if he thought you were too patronizing."
As a result, it took time to earn his trust.
"He had ways of testing people," Wellar said. "If you managed to get in Rob's inner-circle, it was like a badge of honour."
Not long after he completed the thrift centre initiative, Rob started at a local high tech company which later became part of IBM.
"With some initial support and a great partnership with the employer, Rob was very successful," said Wellar.
He is survived by his mom and dad Julie and Mike, and his sister Becky.