COSTA LINDA LOSES LONGTIME FRIEND
In memory of the men and women in the armed services who gave their lives for their countries in the name of peace. And in loving memory of Costa Linda’s friend Robert “Bobby” Nadal who wanted them never to be forgotten
May 8, 2012
Long time CLBR owner Robert “Bobby” Nadal, a driving force behind Costa Linda’s Annual Memorial Day Service, died recently at his home in Howells, New York with his wife Maureen, children and grandchildren at his side. Co-founder of the annual CLBR sponsored event honoring the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country, Bobby, who for several years had been battling a progressive lung illness, was planning this month to once again lead the simple, but moving service on Eagle Beach.
The Memorial Day Service on the beach at Costa Linda has grown from initially, just a small private event among four friends on vacation and their family members in 2004, to an occasion that, last year, drew more than a 100 people to our resort from all across the island, and coverage by the local television and print media. Photos of last year’s ceremony are still posted on the homepage of this Members Only section of our web site. All veterans from every branch of service who are on the Island during the Memorial Day holiday are welcomed each year to join the memorial detail on Eagle Beach led by Bobby.
But it was not to be that Bobby, who served for six years in the US Navy on the destroyer escort the USS Lloyd Thomas, would once again call the Eagle Beach memorial assembly into formation. So his wife and family members will be there to represent him and help continue the tradition. The service is just part of the rich legacy he leaves to family, dear friends, the students he taught and coached during a rewarding career in education at the high school and college level, his Costa Linda family…especially fellow owners in weeks 20,21,22&23 …and countless others whose lives he touched. It’s a legacy of friendship, love, respect, humor, grace and strength. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his wife Maureen and family can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 68 Rose Lane, Howells, NY 10932