Precious Memories
of our first 50 years together

Compiled by Bob, Dedicated to Sylvia with love and devotion


On December 1, 1953 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Robert Alton West, Jr. and Sylvia Norma Buteau exchanged vows committing themselves to each other and agreeing to share the rest of their lives together. For 50 years they have been Bob and Sylvia West. On Saturday, November 29, 2003, family and friends gathered to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at a party given in their honor by their children.

More than two months earlier Bob began working on an anniversary gift for Sylvia. It was to be a book of photos and memories of their 50 years together, but there was not enough time to complete it before their anniversary. Just a little over 20 years are covered so far. That includes 55 pages, 261 photos, narration and photo captions.

In their spare time Bob and Sylvia had planned to work on completing the book, but within a few months Sylvia became critically ill. And Bob became busy taking care of her. Although Sylvia made an amazing recovery from the near-death experiences associated with a rare lung disease called BOOP, within months she was near death again and diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis (Vasculitis), which eventually took her life on March 25, 2007.

Bob is not sure he will do any more on the project, but for now he has decided to make available to family and friends a copy of what has been done so far. It is in Adobe PDF which will allow you to download a copy of the book to your computer to view (and print on paper if you wish). One option would be for you to download the file that has all 55 pages if you have a fast connection with the internet. If you're using a dial-up modem, however, you may choose to download the book in five parts.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the book. Most likely you already have that program on your computer. If not, you can get a free copy by clicking on the link below.

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Do you have fast internet access? Download the entire book in one file:

Download Precious Memories Book, all 55 pages - 9,590 K (9.3 MB).


Do you have a dial-up modem? If so, we suggest that you download the book in parts:

Download Precious Memories Book, part 1 - 3,996 K (3.9 MB).
Download Precious Memories Book, part 2 - 1,988 K (1.9 MB).
Download Precious Memories Book, part 3 - 1,648 K (1.6 MB).
Download Precious Memories Book, part 4 - 1,418 K (1.3 MB).
Download Precious Memories Book, part 5 - 772 K



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