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Jason Pendola Band planning concert to remember Bob Brems, raise money for family

| March 16, 2015

12 x 18 Pendola Poster_LRCOSHOCTON – The late Bob Brems was The Jason Pendola Band’s biggest fan.

“If there were two people in a crowd, Bob was one of them,” said band member Jason Pendola. “He was one of the good guys and was always rooting for us.”

The band will celebrate Bob and help his family on Saturday, March 28 during its Rockin’ for Bob concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at River View High School. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. You can get tickets by sending checks to P.O. Box 2, Coshocton, OH, 43812, with your contact information, at Doug Speicher’s Edward Jones Investments office, Novelty Advertising, Baker’s IGA, Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices and its YALT group members or members of Boy Scout Troop 406. Checks can be made payable to Rockin’ for Bob and donations of any kind are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Brems family.

According to his obituary, “Robert “Bob” Brems Jr. died Jan. 15, in Columbus, at the age of 48 after suffering a traumatic brain injury as a result of sudden and unexplained cardiac arrest on Jan. 6. He left behind his wife, Mindy and children, Emma, Ellie and John.”

“This is all for Mindy and the kids,” said Doug Speicher, who also is with the band. “We love that family and so does the community.”

Bob touched the lives of many people through his jobs and volunteer work. In his obituary it states that, “At the time of his passing, Bob worked for Organic Technologies as a quality assurance engineer, was health commissioner for Coshocton County and an adjunct professor at Columbus State University.” He also was involved with Boy Scout Troop 406, was a Financial Peace University Leader, served the Coshocton Presbyterian Church in many ways, worked with Habitat for Humanity and supported many arts organizations.

“It was never about Bob,” Speicher said. “He always wanted to know about you.”

Bob was especially passionate about helping others through the Financial Peace University.

“He was huge into helping teach people to get out of debt and take control of their lives,” Pendola said.

Bob also was a very welcoming person. Pendola said his door was always open to kids in the neighborhood and he has fond memories of vacationing with the Brems. He also was known for getting the guys together for movie nights.

“He was a selfless individual,” Pendola said. “He’d do what was necessary to get people together, but he humbly led. He was good at creating an environment that allowed others to shine.”

Speicher described him as an encourager.

“I’m sure years from now there are going to be kids saying they graduated from college because of Bob,” Pendola said. “Bob cared when no one else did.”

He also was known for his love of Bon Jovi and hard rock music.

“There will be some special tunes at the concert just for Bob and special guests that had ties to him,” Pendola said.

The concert, however, is not a memorial service.

“We are going to celebrate and party like Bob would have wanted us too,” Pendola said. “If any lesson can be taken from all this, it’s to live your life to the fullest, which Bob did. Don’t wait until tomorrow to do something.”

The Jason Pendola Band is very thankful to River View for the use of its auditorium and to the following sponsors: Edward Jones Investments – Douglas Speicher, Webb Financial Group, LLC, Novelty Advertising, Bright Idea Technology Solutions, LLC, Jeff Drennen Dealerships, Baker’s IGA and Gemini Company.

“Because of them we are able to give every penny from this concert to the family,” Pendola said. “We’ve all learned a lot from Bob at one time or another and want to come together as a community to wrap our arms around the Brems.”

More on the benefit concert can be found on the The Jason Pendola Band Facebook and YouTube web pages.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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