Man Delights Motorists by Waving from his Driveway
There's an 86-year old man who lives near Edinboro who has been brightening people's lives by doing one simple thing a couple hours a day, five days a week. He maneuvers his wheelchair to the end of his driveway and waves to motorists who pass by. For some people, it really makes their day.
You can find Bob Davis every afternoon, Monday through Friday, at his property on Fry Road, south of 6N. Bob enjoys waving to people. The motorists enjoy it too. Who can resist waving back to a smiling 86-year old man wearing a large yellow hand made of foam?
"I just like to put a smile on everyone's face, says Bob. “If I can do that, I've accomplished something in my old age. At my age, you don't go looking for work."
‘Mister Bob’, as his friends call him, has been waving at motorists for a year and a half. Only a few days after he started, a cancer patient named Bonnie Felton, stopped her car, thanked Mister Bob, and told him that his daily wave put a smile on her face. He couldn't stop after that.
"And I thought to myself, 'Well now, if I could put a smile on that lady's face, maybe I could put a smile on a lot of faces.”
He has. Construction workers, driving heavy equipment, wave and toot their horns at Mister Bob. School children line-up at the windows of their buses to wave back at the man with the foam hand. Mister Bob says he took a survey one day. He says 9 out of 10 people wave back or toot their horn after receiving one of his waves.
"Sometimes they stop and chat,” says Bob. “One lady stopped and wanted a hug. I said 'OK’. I gave her a hug."
The weather does not stop Mister Bob from his waving. When it rains, he pulls his mini-van to the end of the driveway and sits under the hatch. When it's freezing cold, he sits on the passenger side with the heater on.
Mister Bob spreads a lot of joy, but how much longer can he do this? He says he will do it as long as his wife lets him do it.
"My wife, she has The Last Word,” said Bob with a laugh.
Mister Bob can be found at the end of his driveway from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 each weekday afternoon. He lives on Fry Road about two miles south of Route 6N.