Louisville.com contributor Bobby Densford died suddenly Wednesday morning. Densford, 51, had written several feature articles for this website, most notably a series of profiles of local TV news personalities.
Densford's articles impressed, both for their insight and professionalism. Finding new information about familiar faces such as Jay Cardosi, Dawn Gee and Scott Reynolds isn't easy. But Densford's profiles were full of new and interesting anecdotes, giving readers a perspective on these figures beyond the TV screen.
As his obituary notes, "Bob had dealt with multiple medical issues for nearly the past 30 years, but never lost his excitement and enthusiasm for life. Recently diagnosed with cancer, his life passed as he prepared for this next challenge."
Despite that diagnosis Bobby D. (as he referred to himself), remained upbeat and caring. Ever since I relocated from Louisville (I had been the editor of this site) to the Washington, DC area in February, Bobby D. regularly checked in on me to see how my new job was going, inquire about my family and try out some of his new jokes.
On that note, I'd been fortunate to meet Bobby D. in person several times (not always a given in the digital media workspace). At our first meeting, he delivered original joke after original joke that had me both laughing and in awe of his quick-wittedness. I found that chatting with Bobby D. required my A game, lest I end up as one of his jovial punch lines.
Densford graduated from Iroquois High School in 1980, earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology at Centre College and later picked up a bachelor of arts in journalism from Indiana University Southeast.
Bobby D. is survived by his wife, Patricia Sue; sisters, Mary Lynn Gilbert and Laurie Ann Sherman; brother, James; step-daughter, Laura Michelle; son-in-law, Patrick Carroll; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Funeral service will be on at 12 p.m. Tuesday noon at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial will be private. Online condolences can be shared at evergreen-louisville.com.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to his widow to help with final expenses.