Colleagues and friends of late planning commissioner Robert “Bob” Klancher gathered in the county boardroom Thursday, Sept. 22 to remember his impact on the county over his 13 years on the commission.
According to a resolution of respect adopted by the Board of Supervisors, Klancher advised the the board on over 750 land use applications including projects like Loudoun Valley Estates, Arcola Center, One Loudoun, Waterside and Lansdowne.
“For those of you who didn’t know Bob, you truly missed the opportunity to probably meet one of the best people that has every graced the Earth,” said Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) tearfully. “I used to tell him that some day I hope to be half as good a person as he was. I pray that he will look down upon us, and that we’ll continue to try to make him proud.”
Board Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), who delivered the eulogy at the mass for Klancher, presented Klancher’s wife Janet with the county flag that was flown at half-mast for 24 hours after Klancher’s death.
“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t miss him,” Buona said.
“There’s a lot of love in the room, and we can all feel that Bob’s here with us,” Klancher said. “…He was very privileged to be a servant to Loudoun County.”
Klancher’s son, Bobby Klancher, currently serves as a staff aide to Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run).