MOUNDSVILLE — The recent passing of Bob Munn, former general manager of the Green Tab, was mourned across the area, as colleagues, business partners and friends recalled that the line between those roles blurred when it came to Munn.
Dave Knuth, who was a longtime executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, said his working relationship with Munn was a boon to the Chamber’s function, both with the Green Tab and with the Strand Theatre, during the process of transferring the property to the theatre’s preservation society, around 1999 or 2000.
“He handled himself very professionally, and I enjoyed working with Bob, not only with the Green Tab, but also, he and his father were the owners of the Strand Theatre when the Strand Theatre Preservation Society was organized,” Knuth said. “We purchased the Strand from Bob, this was after his father passed away. … Bob and I have been friends probably since the late ’90s, when I became executive director. Bob was active with us there, also. We had a lot of good times together. He’s a good man.”
Local businessman Phil Remke was friends with Munn on and off the clock, and praised Munn’s willingness to help small businesses support one another and grow.
Remke said he, like Knuth, had known Munn since his family operated the Strand.
“When you’d call him, he was always positive, never negative. I’d known him since he was down on Seventh Street, and before that, at the Strand Theatre,” Remke said.
“He’s sorely going to be missed. He was a great guy who went into work with all businesses to help them grow.”
Laura Francis, president of the Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee, added that the Green Tab has been, and remains, a vital resource for locals and business alike.
“They’ve always been good about working with us and the community,” she said of Munn and the Green Tab.
Munn died July 17 at Liza’s Place. He was 70. He was a graduate of both Moundsville High School and West Virginia University.
He sat on the board of directors of the Bank of McMechen and also served as chairman of the Marshall County Christmas Parade for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife Billie Munn, daughter Dr. Ashley Torlone, grandson Jacob Torlone and sister Jessie Munn. No funeral services are scheduled, at his request.
Friends are asked to remember the good times in which they laughed, cried or plotted together.
Memorial donations should be directed to Marshall county Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 13 Glen Dale, WV 26038 or to the Hope Floats Foundation, an organization which teaches children of all abilities to swim.