This week was a sad one for some in the community and in the journalism world.
We lost one of the best journalists, Robert “Bob” Thaxton last Saturday.
Bob spent his lifetime sharing stories of the communities he lived and worked in, covering pressing issues of public interest, even a presidential inauguration.
Throughout those years, he worked several stints at the Seguin Gazette in various positions, reporter, sports editor, managing editor.
I got the honor to work alongside Bob in his last go here at the Gazette. I learned so much from him, as did so many of my colleagues across this state.
He was what you envisioned when you hear the term journalist.
“Bob was an old-school newsman,” Kathie Ninneman, former Seguin Gazette-Enterprise managing editor, said. “He smoked a lot of cigarettes and he drank a lot of coffee and he didn’t apologize for it.”
You knew what he was thinking when you did something weird or said something not so bright.
And when he would crack a joke or laugh at one, his laugh was from deep down and you couldn’t help but laugh with him.
He was very knowledgeable and passionate about what he did. He mentored and guided you, although he didn’t actively try to do it. It just happened.
“If you wanted to learn, you wanted to get better, you watched Bob. All of us did,” Chris Lykins, executive editor for the Seguin Gazette and Herald Zeitung said.
His work ethic, his hustle and his love of reporting radiated off of him and into those who worked alongside him. It made you want to do better and be better.
In the past couple of days, I’ve heard stories from people in the community and former colleagues of his.
They talked about how he was truly the go- to reporter who you wanted by your side.
He loved to cover politics, the courts and county and he did it in a way that even the politicians respected him.
When he retired from the Gazette, he was recognized by the city council for his contributions to the city throughout his years.
I was honored when the family asked me to read his tribute, albeit scared. However, Kathie wrote a beautiful eulogy that truly encompassed who he was, which I read. I also added in some of what I wrote here.
Simply put, he was the best, and he will truly be missed.
May he rest in peace.