To the Editor:

In 1995, my husband, Bob, and I moved from New York to Bluffton, a sleepy little town at the time. We were excited about our new life in paradise. It didn’t take long to find the plot in Rose Hill where we would build our home.

An entrepreneur, Bob had built his own roofing business and ran it for 35 years. Upon retirement, he was a consultant for another roofing company. He was known for his character, his knowledge, and his caring for others.

Bob became involved with the Rose Hill Architectural Review Board, responsible for roofing activity in the community. One day, the owner of a new roofing business met with Bob to bid on a contract. He asked Bob to help him get started.

Bob counseled the young man, only in his 20s, saying “Your reputation will follow you. We all make mistakes, but if you are honest and take care of your mistakes, people will remember you.”

This young man, Derek Holland, had established his business – Premier Roofing – and, with Bob’s help and mentoring, he grew it to one of the best in the area.

Sadly, Bob passed away in 2017.

Recently, when I had an issue with my roof, Derek came over and took care of it. Recently, he came over again, this time with his two children, balloons and handmade cards. It was my 84th birthday.

I want to recognize Derek and his company for the good people they are. Everything comes back around to you if your heart is in the right place and your intentions are good.

Jan Nill