In Memoriam: BrightlyBob

“Add me to the list of first stay receiving the bonus but subsequent not… I seem to remember this happened a couple of years ago too. Contacted IHG and advised to wait the 4-6 weeks…”

In Memoriam: BrightlyBob

What you just read was what FlyerTalk member BrightlyBob posted in the InterContinental Hotels | IHG Rewards Club and Intercontinental Ambassador forum on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 2:23 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time pertaining to the 4X Faster promotion — and that became the last time he posted on FlyerTalk.

Although BrightlyBob passed away sometime in September of 2020 — the exact date is not yet known, nor has he been identified publicly with his real name — Lori Anne Dempsey Fleenor of the Marriott Bonvoy Insiders official Internet web site on Facebook had announced the sad news on Tuesday, September 22, 2020:

“It is with profound sadness that I carry the news to this group that our very own, the one, the only, the venerable BrightlyBob has lost his battle with Covid. Bob was a tremendous beacon of enlightenment, merriment, humor as well as helpful to other Marriott Bonvoy Insiders and a consummate strategist when it came to maximizing Bonvoy points as well as airline miles. It is to Bob that we credit the moniker TIPPLE to the two Marriott Insiders Get-Togethers that have been organized and successfully executed over the past few years. A third was scheduled for this weekend in Seattle actually, but cancelled due to Covid.”

Having first joined FlyerTalk as a member on Friday, January 2, 2009, BrightlyBob was considered to be a knowledgeable and upbeat influence and known for his extraordinary commitment, as he posted content a total of 1,457 times and participated most notably in the Marriott | Marriott Bonvoy forum. His last activity on FlyerTalk was on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 9:43 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time.


I did not know BrightlyBob personally nor do I recall having ever met him or have communicated with him on FlyerTalk — but regardless, the loss of a FlyerTalk member is still sad for me. I really dislike having to mourn yet another fellow frequent flier — no matter when he or she passed away.

Any other information pertaining to BrightlyBob — such as an Internet web site pertaining to remembering details about his life — had been unavailable to me at the time this article was written. I intend to edit and amend this article if any new information becomes available so that he may be properly remembered with a more fitting tribute.

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of BrightlyBob. May he rest in peace…

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “In Memoriam: BrightlyBob”

  1. Dale R says:

    Very thoughtful of you to post these. I always read them.

  2. Palos says:

    In memory of Bob, please VOTE for the President you think will take Covid seroiusly.

  3. DaninMCI says:

    Is this the same person as
    I hate to lose the good folks in “the game” for sure.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      He may very well be the same person, DaninMCI. Thank you for finding that.

      If I can confirm what you asked, I intend to include it in the article…

  4. Island Miler says:

    BrightlyBob was an integral part of the Marriott Insiders community, as is Lori. His real name is Bob Pape, which is the name he uses for Marriott’s newest iteration of Insiders on Facebook. We will all miss him dearly.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for that information, Island Miler.

  5. r m h says:

    i’ve said it before and will say it again. it’s very thoughtful of you to post things like this.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      These people are our colleagues, r m h.

      I feel I would be remiss if they were not properly remembered…

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