Goodbye, Robert

We wanted to take a moment to pay respects to a good man, taken from us early this week, unexpectedly, and too young.

Robert Whipp was well-known in the pinball community, hard to miss in how he stood above the crowd physically, but in personality too. Quick to smile and laugh and help you if you needed anything, he was a genuine good guy who loved his family and was proud to be with them.

He was a judge for us last year in our annual Best of ZapCon contest, after winning the contest in 2017. He was a regular in Tucson tournaments who was part of a successful new route business down there too. He drove up to Phoenix often for tournaments. His whole family played, even his future daughter-in-law became part of things.

He passed away on Monday at 50. Viewing will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Adair Funeral Home’s Dodge Chapel in Tucson, at 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at All Faiths Cemeteries, 2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes.

Robert is survived by his wife, Cat, his son, James, and James’ fiancee, along with countless friends, colleagues, and players. We’ll miss you, Robert. Thank you for everything. May the sun never set on your memory.

Here’s Robert with the award he earned for his restored Evel Knievel machine at ZapCon Five. Robert spent an amazing amout of time restoring the game and his hard work truly showed.