Some men have a business savvy with an uncanny eye for the careful balance between customer service and bottom line.
Some men value the opinion of others in developing perspectives of their own.
Some men understand that all of mankind are born equal but not of equal opportunity.
Some men remain stewards of the conviction, “I am my brother’s keeper.”
Some men cling to a shared moral code, “To those whom much is given, much is expected.”
Some men would rather build up than tear down.
Some men seek direction on ways to help others for their betterment without regard as to how it can better themselves.
Some men use life’s stumbling blocks as steppingstones in understanding how best to reach out to those most in need.
Some men put their belief in a cause and their faith in those who will work together in bringing it to fruition.
Some men accept the limitations of one but the unimaginable potential of many.
Some men see the beauty of a heart and the heart behind all that is beauty.
Some men see a concrete slab; others see a foundation of life.
Some men offer a hand up to build self-esteem and a handout only to foster its development.
Some men view humanity as the forest and human beings as its trees.
Some men are good men, and in a world of absolutes, they are the best that Mother Earth can offer.
Our Cleveland and Bradley County hometown is saying goodbye to one such man. He is Bob Sain, a longtime community servant and friend to the masses. The Good Samaritan with a heart of gold would have turned 89 in December. But on Sunday, he was called to a new home — one that undoubtedly will afford an endearing habitat of life and love, much in the way that he gave local families during his years on this earth.
Recognized as one of the founders of Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, Sain helped to give it a heartbeat in 1990. Working with the Methodist Men of Broad Street United Methodist Church, Sain partnered with men like Jim Tucker, Elwood Sperry, Paul McCord, David Ketchersid and Murl Dirksen, among others, to give Habitat a presence and to extend its mission into Bradley County.
In its beginning the going was slow, even methodical, because 23 years ago the respected nonprofit operated only off the shoulders of a few willing volunteers. But in January 2002, Sain had a direct hand in bringing aboard the Habitat affiliate’s first paid staff member — Matt Carlson, who took the chapter’s reins as executive director.
Among the many today who reflect warmly on the life, and the civic loves, of Bob Sain is Carlson, who said of the soft-spoken leader, “He was a blessing to the people of this community and to Habitat for Humanity. We continue to feel the positive effects of his leadership and his positive commitment.”
Of his mentor, Carlson added, “Bob will be missed by everyone who crossed his path in life, and our Habitat for Humanity organization is better today for his leadership, past and present.”
Bob Sain was a kind voice and a gentle smile.
Bob Sain was a man of men, one who never feared rolling up his sleeves and sharing in the sweat of families who asked only for a chance.
Bob Sain was the conscience of society and the face of a miracle called Habitat for Humanity.
Bob Sain was a gentle man.
Bob Sain was an unwavering man.
Bob Sain was a good man.
This humble messenger of God will never walk alone for he never will be forgotten, not in this life nor in the lives of the many that he touched through caring hands and eternal love.