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TWO MEMORIAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN PLANNED TO CELEBRATE BOB’S LIFE

Date: Sunday, September 1st, 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19122 (located on the campus of Temple University)

Parking:  Directly across Broad St., Lot #1 – Use address 1855 N 15th St, Phila, PA 19121

Hotel Options:  Conwell Inn is located on Temple University’s Campus and is just steps away from Temple Performing Arts Center (Conwellinn.com). Hotels in Center City Philadelphia are approximately 13 minutes from Temple and have various public transit options. There are also affordable options near the Philadelphia Airport where you can access the public train to take you directly to Temple University Campus (see below).

Transportation: Septa Train from the Airport, Uber/Lyft or car rentals are all great options. If you need a ride from the airport to your accommodations, please contact Kathy Whetzel at either 484-500-1017 office.hopeforkids@gmail.com.

Septa Train: Philadelphia’s public transit provides a train directly from Philadelphia Airport to downtown Philadelphia and Temple University for around $7-$10. Go to Septa.Org and select Regional Rail, then Service to Philadelphia International Airport. The train station at Temple University is a few short blocks from Temple Performing Arts Center.

By The Gempel family - Philadelphia, PA, USA
16 Aug, 2019

"The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!" Psalm 16:3 NLT

It is with great shock and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bob Gempel on Tuesday, August 13th. On Monday Bob was stricken with a brain aneurysm while having breakfast with his beloved wife Pat. After she called 911, they prayed for God to lead them. Shortly after Bob lost consciousness. After an emergency surgery he passed away a day later graciously spared of suffering. Pat was at his side the whole time, and the family quickly gathered in Radnor, Pennsylvania to grieve this unexpected loss.

Bob means so much to so many and since his passing tremendous expressions of love, support, and comfort have come in from around the world. With Bob’s numerous roles in the Philadelphia church as leader, elder, counselor and friend, his service as a founding elder of the Boston Church of Christ and ICOC church leader, as well as his global influence as founder and former CEO of HOPEworldwide, Bob’s departure will surely be felt all around the world.

The family wishes to thank so many who expressed their condolences and shown great kindness during this time of sadness and loss. Although we will miss having Bob in our lives, we rest assured that he has gone to be with God.

"But those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy!" Isaiah 26:19 NLT