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Thanking a Mentor

December 5, 2014 - Larry Claypool
men`tor - noun (men, -tor, -ter): A person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.  Bob Chambers was all of those things to Curt Grimm, although Grimm didn’t realize it until recently. Chambers was always a family friend to Grimm’s family. Grimm, a retired teacher, veteran hunter, outdoorsman and now outdoor writer, didn’t think of Chambers as a mentor until he started penning an article about his long-time friend. Read his article on Page 7. As a way to thank his friend Grimm wanted to write about how he initially got interested in hunting and being outdoors. Of all of the things he wrote about — including his love of running marathons — focused toward one person. His path in life — how he did his job, his hobbies, and love for the outdoors — was fostered from his relationship with Bob Chambers. “I then realized that Bob really was a mentor to me,” said Grimm recently. His thoughts about Chambers have weighed heavily on Grimm and his family recently. Chambers died just a few days after Grimm wrote the short essay about his friend. Grimm was pleased he was able to let Chambers hear of his reverence for the old man. He read the article to Chambers for his approval. Grimm even took his beloved dogs with him to visit Chambers — for what would be the last time. “He loved my dogs. Bolt (Grimm’s Yorkshire terrier) sat on his lap while I read the article to him,” said Grimm. “He really liked the article,” added Grimm. Chambers’ family liked the article too. After his death, during a memorial service for Grimm’s friend, the article was read aloud during the service, per the family’s request. “They asked me to read it. I couldn’t, it was too emotional for me, so my brother Gary read it. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” said Grimm. Chambers’ wish was to be cremated after his death and have his ashes spread in the Pennsylvania mountains, near where his hunting camp was — and shared by many of his friends and hunting companions, including Grimm’s family. Grimm’s article about Chambers offers this advice to readers: “If you have a person like Bob in your life, take time to thank them for being a part of your life. I did, and I’m so thankful.”

 
 

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