As the social media tributes grow, it is evident Bob Allen's generous spirit touched so many who watched him on television screens throughout the city.
We're sad to report Bob has lost his courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
A steady stream of memories began just after midnight, as news of Bob's death reached family and friends.
Colleagues from ABC13 and those who knew him from media outlets across the country are chiming in, each with warm anecdotes. It becomes evident as you read them just how loved Bob Allen was in the city of Houston and in the sports world.
TV business changed over the years, but Bob Allen never did. I will always remember the laughter! RIP Bob pic.twitter.com/YIi9qPJCca— Joe Gleason (@joeagleason) October 20, 2016
On Facebook, Jovita Gonzalez says, "My condolences to the ABC family!! RIP Bob Allen. The best sports commentator ever! You will be missed."
Ya'Vonne Carraway Miles writes, "RIP Bob Allen. My condolences to his family, and his ABC 13 family. Bob you were the greatest of all Sport casters#1. You will be missed! I loved this great man."
I learned so much from Bob. His smile and energy lit up the room. Please keep his family in your thoughts a prayers. pic.twitter.com/uR5kr89DL0— Jeff Ehling (@JeffEhlingABC13) October 20, 2016
Mary Mobley Johnson says she remembers running into Bob in Deer Park once.
"I watched Bob Allen my whole life," Johnson said. "It saddens my heart to hear this news. Prayers are with his family and loved ones."
ABC13 is keeping Bob's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
You can share your own thoughts about Bob Allen on the ABC13 Facebook page.
Saddened to hear Bob Allen has lost his courageous battle with cancer. My first internship was with Bob in the... https://t.co/UbRFjS23vz— Sally MacDonald (@SallyMacFox26) October 20, 2016
Never met Bob Allen. But I've never heard anyone say anything but positive things about him. #RIP— Cliff Saunders (@radioguycliff) October 20, 2016
@abc13houston Prayers are with his family. He was will respected and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace now Mr. Bob Allen.— CCuda (@69cudafish) October 20, 2016
Wow! I grew up on sports with this man. Rest In Paradise Bob Allen. Praying for your family.? https://t.co/rXzmAuDJpm— IG: ChillyBillSmith? (@ChillyBillSmith) October 20, 2016
@abc13houston # Bob Allen Condolences to the Channel 13 family.— Shelia Johnson (@Sheliaj8Johnson) October 20, 2016
Hard to wake-up this morning to the news of Bob Allen's passing. For many years, he was my conduit to sports. Gone much too soon. pic.twitter.com/NU4TtnM5vF— Cameron Simoneau (@CameronSimoneau) October 20, 2016
God Bless Bob Allen and his family. He was a wonderful friend to the Texans and one of the all time great broadcasters in Houston history.— Marc Vandermeer (@TexansVoice) October 20, 2016
Bob's family issued the following statement: "On behalf of Bob Allen's family, we are so incredibly touched by the love and support shown to us during this difficult time. My dad valued his place in the Houston community, and the encouragement he received from you over the last two years gave him more strength and comfort than you will ever know.
We are in the process of planning a private Memorial Service for Bob's family, friends, colleagues and loved ones."
Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Genna and Brent Fincher, his grandchildren Mason and Hayden Fincher, his brother and sister-in-law Ken and Debbie Egalnick, niece Kristin Egalnick, nephew Kenny Egalnick and great nephew- Kane Hutchison.