Honoring Cashman’s philanthropy legacy


“Opinion,” Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, Tribune Chronicle. A picture is worth a thousand words.

The cartoon by R. Muccio does say a lot, but unless you knew Robert “Bob” Cashman, some of what is in the picture needs further explanation. For example, all of the items mentioned in the cartoon cannot tell what Bob did at those groups in which he took part. He was not just a member of the board, he was a worker for what that board was about. He participated in the day-to-day functioning of all of the boards to which he took a responsibility.

Robert Cashman was a philanthropist without the check-giving photo op that generally shows up in newspapers to show what donations were being made. Not only did he give of his time willingly, but also of his money to an extent that would make others look like extreme penny pinchers. He did not just give to charitable groups, churches, Red Cross and others, but to individuals that may have needed a helping hand at any time.

Bob started working at an early age. He delivered the Tribune Chronicle around the county, and set up the carriers in various locations to cover the northern part of Trumbull County. He raised pigeons and found time for other activities growing up in a vibrant community as a farm boy.

When Uncle Sam called, he took to arms along with millions of other Americans who did the same. He was fond of saying that Gen. MacArthur saved his life, as he island hopped from Australia to the Philippines, and when that was over, he went to the General Motors school and obtained his engineering degree.

Any grass that grew under his feet, he planted.

One more thing if I may. Rick Muccio knew Bob very well as he portrays him on a bicycle. Bob was a traveler. He would hook up his small RV, visit places across the country, and in the trunk of his car would be his folding bicycle that allowed him to better see the area he was visiting. This is a longer letter than it was supposed to be, but Robert M. Cashman was larger than life, and lived it to the fullest.

To do half of what he did, would wear out the best of anyone.

Leonard J. Sainato