Bobby Pin

Bobby Pin

Monday, January 12th, 1970 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Bobby Pin–our inspiring, amusing, loving friend–died on 18 April 2020 in Maui Memorial Hospital of COVID-19. He put up a 4-week fight, with friends and family making heroic efforts to obtain treatments for his disease. He is survived by his loving parents Vin and Loeuy Pin, his sister Mai, his younger brother Paul, his nephew Zachary and niece Chloe in Michigan, his many relatives worldwide, and his partner of 10 years, Daniel Rex Greening. He just turned 50 in January 2020.

Bobby was a force of nature. He produced several short films, created mixed media and performance art, produced many gorgeous portraits and photographs, worked many film festivals, and helped manage the Burning Man documentation team.

Bobby loved travel and life. He was an advanced scuba diver, with over 150 dives in Hawaii, Cuba, Fiji, Philippines, and Indonesia. He visited geysers and glaciers in New Zealand, the Louvre and Disney in Paris, tapas and sushi in Seville, an ice skating rink and plays in London. He was most recently a resident of Stockholm, Sweden, and has lived in Seattle, California, Utah, and Michigan.

Bobby was iconic. His infectious laugh and hilarious antics warmed people’s hearts. His hair has been many colors, most recently blue. Ganesh, the Hindu “remover of obstacles” and party animal, was tattooed on his arm.

Memorial services for Bobby will be held when it is safe to travel and congregate, likely in Maui, Detroit and other locations.

We are all sad in Bobby’s passing. Let this memorial help you and others live longer, happier lives. Keep loved ones safe, by respecting travel, social, and shopping restrictions. Reach out to people and tell them you love them. Think about friends who may be lonely in this challenging time, and use video calling and conferencing to bring them closer.

Bobby Pin was and remains our inspiration to live life deeply and lovingly.
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Jenny Boyak

Posted at 11:46am
I was friends with Bobby in the early 90's when we went to Wayne State University in Detroit. I remember meeting his beautiful family (although it was almost 30 years ago!) I was so grateful to have him in my life and he touched everyone he met. I send my condolences to all who knew and loved this beautiful person.

Rhonda Sable

Posted at 04:30pm
Bobby worked with our Guest Relations team at the Seattle International Film Festival for the last 2 seasons. I have managed that team for many years and though I rarely hire anyone from just a Skype interview, that was how I met Bobby. Even virtually, I immediately knew he was the perfect fit for our team and hired him on the spot. His laughter, his smile and his care & attention to every guest that he met proved my initial instinct to be true. Everyone loved Bobby. He was always the brightest light in the room. Even in the most stressful and chaotic moments during our 25 day festival he somehow managed to bring smiles and calm to our team. That consistent energy was a gift to all of us and will be missed more than I can say. I am so grateful that he was in my life, even if only for a short time and my broken heart will find healing when I remember that unforgettable smile.

Rhonda Sable
SIFF Guest Relations Manager

Nathania tenWolde

Posted at 12:15pm
I was part of Bobby's team at SIFF in Seattle and the memory I just keep going back to, as "mundane" as it is, is when I first walked into the office for last year's festival just after Bobby had arrived. His office space was tucked away with this amazing view right by the entrance and I just walked right up to him and sat down for like 15-20 minutes. I honestly don't remember exactly what we said, probably just a catch-up after not seeing him for a year, but even in the moment I was basking in my enjoyment of this radiant human being. I guess I look back to that moment and am grateful that I was just sitting there, NOT taking the warmth and joy and exuberance of this wonderful human being for granted. When I headed into my desk at the end of our chat I was just full and bright, like you always were after being in his presence.

And one other story: my fiancee, who is just not as much of a people person and is horrible with names, it took him a second to remember who Bobby was because I had said "he was only 50..." When he saw Bobby's photo, he exclaimed, "Oh, BOBBY! I thought he was in his 30's which is why I was confused." Then he went on to rattle on all these little stories about Bobby and how much he loved the view up at the top of the hotel and how chipper and cheerful he was. I didn't realize they had ever really spoken in the rare times my fiancee was in the office. But Bobby was just like that. Always making an impression.

Love to him. Love to you all.

~Nathania tenWolde
SIFF Guest Relations Team

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