Bob Nave

Age: 75
Born: November 03, 1944
Died: January 28, 2020

Obituary

Bob Nave passed away Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020. Bob was born Robert Gordon Nave in Dayton, Ohio on November 3, 1944 to Martin and Hazel Nave.

Except when on tour or vacation, Bob spent all his life in Ohio and more particularly Cincinnati. He loved the Queen City and all its, music, arts, culture, sports and most importantly the people.

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Bob was practical with his day job in finance for decades, but was a sage within the music world as keyboard player, a radio program host(his magnificent voice heard over the airways), a musical historian who displayed an acute knowledge of jazz and blues and always welcomed the opportunity to help others. Bob’s great baritone voice and the sound from his Hammond M3 organ was well known to many throughout the Cincinnati and Oxford area and at times across the world. He could be heard over the radio waves, and live at those big and small smokey venues. This is how he spread joy and created friendships.

Bob had a passion for both motorsports and fishing. From announcing the Friday night motorcycle races at Lawrenceburg Speedway to attending the legendary race tracks around the Midwest especially Eldora Speedway for USAC sprint car racing, he was the consummate fan. Bob enjoyed many fishing adventures with great friends. Often traveling to remote locations, Bob felt at ease with the world yet determined to master his craft and holds numerous Master Angler awards.

Bob is survived by his son Joshua and grandson Kayden, his extended family, Lauren and Jim, Hannah, Isabella, Evan and Saige and many friends from the past and present.

Bob was preceded in his passing by his mother Hazel, father Martin, infant sister and life partner Arleen Inger.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Play it Forward www.pifcincy.org

A celebration of life concert will be held at the Redmoor  https://www.theredmoor.com/calendar.aspxSunday February 16 from 2pm to 6pm.

Thank you to Spring Grove…..

Visitation

Location: Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Additional Info: 4389 Spring Grove Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223

Memorial Service

Location:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Additional Info: A celebration of life concert will be held at the Redmoor https://www.theredmoor.com/calendar.aspx Sunday February 16 from 2pm to 6pm.

Bob Nave

Age: 75
Born: November 03, 1944
Died: January 28, 2020
  • George Zahn
    Relationship: Friend

    Few may ever really appreciate the incredible impact Bob has had on music and broadcasting in Cincinnati. In addition to his tremendous musicianship, Bob helped to pioneer live jazz broadcasts through his moral, musical, and financial support to bring live jazz into living rooms and headphones all over the country. He was quiet, talented, unassuming in ways, but vitally passionate about his many facets of his life from racing to music to people! R.I.P. Bob Nave.

  • Allen Jones
    Relationship: Fellow Musician

    Bob was a Member of Tall Paul & the Thunderbird's while attending Miami U. and played both the Organ & Piano. One of Bob's trademarks in those days was his sunglasses as he always had a pair on. The members of Tall Paul & the Thunderbird's attended one of his engagements a couple of years ago in Cincinnati. It was like "Old Home Week". I am going to really miss him. Allen "Bones" Jones - I was the Drummer

Bob Nave

Bob Nave

Age: 75
Born: November 03, 1944
Died: January 28, 2020