Perkins Township has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Bob Kowalk. I have struggled to find the words to describe what Bob Kowalk meant to me and other young men over the years. The truth is that if you ever had the chance to be associated with this man his impact on your life was so impressionable that you couldn't help but look up to him.
Bob Kowalk was one of the greatest individuals I have ever known. From the time I was a student-athlete at Perkins to now being a varsity assistant football coach Bob Kowalk, was always there. Bob's courage, determination, support and unselfishness over the years have helped so many young men like myself become who we are today. Bob was always there whether you needed someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. Bob had a genuine concern for those he knew. In some ways Bob Kowalk was like a father away from home and someone you could always count on.
The life lessons that I have learned from Bobby will stay with me forever. He may not have known it but, Bob Kowalk was a hero. He was a hero to not just me but, to so many young men who have passed through the halls of Perkins High School. I will deeply miss taking the field next year for games and not having him there to put his arm around me and say "what do you got for them tonight, Smitty?"
Bob Kowalk's spirit and what he stood for will live on indefinitely. Although he never wanted to hear thanks for whatever it was he did for you I have to say it now.