Posted on: July 12, 2022 Posted by: AKDSEO Comments: 0

MAY 4, 1934 – JULY 2, 2021
“Bumble Bee Bob” – family man, rancher, cowboy, entrepreneur, pilot, restaurateur, jazz aficionado, and philanthropist passed away on July 2, 2021.
He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Meyer and Ethel Weil on May 4, 1934. He graduated from Amherst College in 1956.
Bob married Suzanne “Zannie” Hoyt in 1955, and after graduation, they moved west to Santa Fe to become ranchers on the property that is now the communities of La Tierra and Las Campanas.
Bob loved ranching, raising cattle, and being a cowboy. He also became a pilot, not just for recreation but also to travel between the Santa Fe Ranch, the Feed Lot in Moriarty, and the Bumble Bee Ranch in Arizona.
“Bumble Bee Bob” was always busy and full of ideas and energy. He invested a major part of his time and income supporting the causes and people of the Santa Fe community including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, St. Vincent’s Hospital, The Kiwanis Club, The Brothers of Christ in the Desert, The College of Santa Fe, the Committee to Promote the Growth of Economic Development, and many more local charities and businesses.
Mostly, he took time to get to know and support the people of Santa Fe. He was beloved by those who knew him and was always ready to assist people in need through his wise counsel or even financially. As his daughter “Kipper” said, “Dad always reached into his pocket with his heart.” Based on his own experience of goal setting, struggles, and successes, he would mentor and help those who came to him for advice on achieving their own dreams by reminding them “Don’t give up, just re-evaluate and move forward!”
The “Bee’s” greatest passion was enjoying and promoting jazz music. In the late 80’s he founded the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. This was a non-profit to benefit musicians in need as well as to educate young students of the art. Once again, his generosity would help these talented musicians with everything from medical needs, professional recording costs, and even covering their mortgage in times of need. He even built a music venue at his home in La Tierra to hold performances known as “Summer Jazz at the Hive.”
Soon Bob connected with John Trentacosta’s Santa Fe Collective, Tom Guralnick and Bob Martin of the Lensic to create the New Mexico Jazz Festival – now in its 25th successful year of bringing music and workshops from world renowned Jazz greats to thousands of fans.
In 1986, Bob married his second wife BJ Miller, and was blessed to add another wonderful family to his life.
The other great passion of “Bumble Bee Bob” was cooking. He loved to share his home and recipes while entertaining his friends. Bumble Bee Bob and BJ adored traveling to Mexico and were inspired in the early 2000’s to create Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill – a still thriving restaurant in downtown Santa Fe. Many times he could be found working the grill or delivering orders with a smile. Since then, BJ and Bumble Bee Bob built a home in 2014 in the Colonial District of Merida, The Yucatan, Mexico. It was their haven for family visits, travels around the country, and assisting in adding to “The Bee’s” folk art collection.
Bumble Bee Bob is the epitome of “A Life Well Lived.” He was a generous and kind soul with the heart and work ethic of a true cowboy.
His friends and family as well as the city of Santa Fe dearly miss him.
He is survived by his wife BJ; Mike and Kate Byrnes and their family, Seth Byrnes and Anna-Gaelle Marshall and family, Elizabeth Marshall-Hendrix and Genevieve Marshall-Byrnes; Benjamin Byrnes and Kaitlin LeFebvre; Anna Byrnes, Anders Byrnes; Linda Weil and family, Seekay and Justin Gnazzo, Seemay Hui, Seewai Hui; Rob and Monica Weil and family, Bobby and Zenie Weil and their family, Hofflin, Jett and Paxx Weil, Kash, and Natasha Weil and family, Kelton and Kypton Weil; Becki and Jason Foust and family, Anslee and Ellee Foust; Elizabeth “Betsie” Weil and family, Michelle Woods, Kenny Woods; Larry Miller and son, Kyle Miller, Katalyna “Kipper” Weil; Kenny and Carol Agatstein; John and Jill Gandy; Lois Kennedy; Dago and Karen Melara and family, Amber and Athena; Jorge and Claudia Melara and family, Allison and Ashley; the whole team at Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill; Gerardo and Adriana Diaz; and the multitude of friends Who He Loved Dearly!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations that were dear to Bumble Bee’s heart. Please make donations to either Somos Un Pueblo Unido, 1804 Espinacitas St., Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-424-7832; La Familia Medical Center, 1035 Alto St., Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-982-4425; or The Outpost Performance Space, PO Box 4543, Albuquerque, NM 87196, the intimate venue for jazz and art events.
BJ and the family would like to invite you to a CELEBRATION OF LIFE on Wednesday, September 22 at 4 p.m. at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace Avenue, reception to follow at Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill, 301 Jefferson, Santa Fe, NM 87501. In observance of COVID-19 protocols, all guests are required to wear masks.
If you are unable to attend in person, Bumble Bee’s Celebration of Life will be streamed LIVE on ZOOM on September 22, 2021 beginning at 3:30 p.m. with meeting ID: 883 8218 6857 and Passcode: 505

Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Sep. 16 to Sep. 19, 2021.

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