Robert "Orbs" TIEDEMANN From the 1950's in the 1980's, Bob Tiedemann traveled around Seattle in a big blue and white Cadillac. It said "Shepard" on the door. It was the only job he ever had. The ambulance was the only car he had and he kept it immaculate. The majority of his clothes were uniforms. His only shoes were a pair of black polished oxfords. He lived at the station he worked out of. He was known as Orbs. He was happy. He was the ambulance man. He died peacefully in the early morning hours of June 3rd. He was 64. He leaves nothing behind. He has no next of kin. His family are the Shepard Ambulance personnel, the nurses, doctors, firefighters, police and patients who remember him. Here's to you ambulance man. Have a safe trip.
Published in print on 6/15/2005.