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Bob Yelavich “The Godfather of CICS”

CICS Community,

It is with greatly regret that I announce my father Bob Yelavich’s recent death on January 21, 2009 (official date).  He died of a cardiac disrythmia (heart failure), just 3 weeks prior to his 75th birthday.

This man, the “Godfather of CICS”, committed most of his 40-year long IBM career to the development and advancement of CICS, your solution-based product which continues to benefit the world’s business community.

An avid traveler, my father was prepared to embark upon a National Geographic “around the world” trip, but received an upgraded ticket for an “around the universe” adventure just days prior.

He always spoke well of the professionals he worked with, so my thanks to you for help making his life enjoyable.

Mark Yelavich
Roseville, California

Categories: Bob, CICS
  1. Charlie Burger
    January 29, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I’m very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

  2. January 29, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Bob was a great mentor. His passion for life (and CICS) was infectious. I will miss him.

  3. Earle Laycock
    March 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Mark, I am very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. During the 1980s I attended many SHARE sessions. Very few stick in my mind but I can still hear in my mind your dad speaking so eloquently and passionately about the next release of CICS. He would say, “If your shop hasn’t considered going to release x.x then I have to ask you why?”

    He was famous for having an armful of foils to show but doing his whole presentation without moving off the first one.

    Bob had a good sense of humour too. I remember him relating a story about how he convinced his new neighbour that he actually worked for the CIA. He asked his neighbour to pick up the mail while he was away. He had a CIA SHARE contact send him envelopes with the return address of “CIA” just to convince the neighbour. Apparently your dad traveled so much that the neighbour was sure that your father was a CIA man!!

    He was a real gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

    Earle Laycock

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