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Loving life and flying high

Cedar Crest’s Bob Krause lives full throttle

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September 24th, 2013
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For 92-year-old Bob Krause, flying is like riding a bike. It comes back, he says. The former WWII Navy pilot flies with his son William every few months in Charlottesville, Va., where William lives, but he recently got a bird s eye view of his hometown of Pompton Plains, N.J. Bob has lived at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, since September 2001. He s as active as they come there, teaching a law class, serving on various committees both at Cedar Crest and within the surrounding community, practicing law to help his fellow neighbors, and continuing to be an active member of the Ski Club of New Jersey, to which he has belonged since its inception in 1938. I m very active. I think staying active keeps me young, he says. He may get his youth from staying active, but he gets his thrills from flying. It s a feeling of freedom. You re soaring, he says. I enjoyed every minute of flying in the Navy, even though some of it was quite dangerous. When he flies with his son William, who flies solely for recreation, [William] does the takeoff and landing, and I fly when we re up there. It s thrilling, Bob says.

Giving back

A patriotic man, Bob served his country in WWII and continues to serve today. He served six years as the first president for Cedar Crest s Resident Advisory Council, and now serves on its finance committee. He uses his 60-year career as a civil attorney to help his neighbors complete wills, and he serves on the legislative committee for the Organization of Residents Associations of New Jersey. I feel I ve been blessed all my life. By helping people here, I feel I m giving back, he says. In many of his service roles, he helps people he never meets, particularly in his role as a member of the resident finance committee. Cedar Crest is very transparent, he says. Our finance committee has access to all the quarterly reports, and we meet with the finance director about every three months to ask questions and raise concerns. This helps maintain affordability [of Cedar Crest] and attract people to move here. Which Bob loves. The more neighbors, the more social he can be. He plays bridge several times a week with a group of four other men from Cedar Crest and once with a group of friends from outside the community. They rotate hosting. When they re in Bob s large, Manchester-style apartment, they have plenty of room to spread out. On nice nights, they can even set up a table on his patio.

Loving life

I can t say enough good things about Cedar Crest, he says. The activities I m involved in keep me active, and Cedar Crest keeps me healthy. At 92, things happen. Having a medical center right on campus is a real plus. So is having four restaurants. Bob rarely cooks, although he has a spacious, full kitchen. Most days he eats a light lunch in his apartment on nice days he ll sit on the patio and most evenings he enjoys dinner with neighbors at one of Cedar Crest s restaurants. Although Bob loves life at Cedar Crest, he s no homebody. Aside from visiting his son and family in Charlottesville, he travels to Vermont to work on the Ski Club of New Jersey s lodge. You won t find him on the slopes, but he still manages to be active. We have a work weekend, where we clean, paint, and get the lodge ready for the season, he says. The 150-member club looks up to Bob, a founding member, lodge committee member, and finance committee member. True to form, Bob has managed to work service into every area of his life.