Robert Aldridge Umajets Obituary – Death : We are deeply saddened to learn that the Atlanta-based duo Umajets paired former Hollyfaith frontman Rob Aldridge, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday October 2, 2021 at his home. It was reported that he died leaving families, friends and loved ones in great grief and fear.
He was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful person. He had a calming presence and was extremely kind, he touched the hearts of so many, and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Causes of Robert Aldridge’s Death…
At the moment, no information has been received from the family as they are observing their difficult times. The circumstances surrounding the actual cause of death had not been made public as at the time of writing this report. Investigation is still on-going to know the actual cause of death.
The little reminders that cause tears today will turn into little reminders that make us sad and then those little reminders will eventually make us smile and remember Robert just as he would have wanted us to-with love, a grin and maybe a cold one.
Who Was Robert Aldridge ?
He was born on September 19, 1965 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He attended grade school at Longino Elementary in College Park, GA, high school at Colonial Hills in East Point, GA , and then pursued undergraduate studies at Georgia State University in the heart of downtown, Atlanta.
In his younger days, Rockin’ Rob was crowned the local youth football Turkey Bowl King (1973), while playing for the College Park Steelers. He was most proud of this achievement, and regaled loved ones (and any one else who would listen) with this beautiful story at every opportunity.
Rob pursued music excellence early on in his life, and began playing piano and violin at the tender age of nine. Rob’s grandmother gave him a guitar at the age of 14, and so began the ever memorable story of our beloved Rockin’ Rob!”
Rob was a rabid music fan of countless artists and bands – but revered Sinatra, Elvis, and The Beatles above all others – and much preferred rock ‘n’ roll to any other genre. Rock ‘n’ Roll was in his blood, and it showed in everything he did. He was a talented songwriter, a charismatic frontman, and a singer with a voice that was truly gifted by God.
Legacy Left Behind…
For most of his adult life he played and sang in various bands, performing covers and original material – The Pulse, Thing 1 Thing 2, Umajets, among others. As a member of the band, holly faith, a major player in the vibrant local music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and with all of his bands, he touched many, many lives, both intimately and while on stage in Atlanta, Athens and the southeast.
His ability to take control of an audience of any size, to hold it in the palm of his hand, to pull its strings, to have his way with it, was virtually unmatched within the local music scene. And those that were fortunate enough to see holly faith while touring the US and overseas in support of their major label debut on Epic Records, would witness the same reaction from those audiences.
After Rockin’ Rob’s closed its doors (much to the publics’ deep chagrin), Rob became a fixture on the waitstaff at the downtown “Ted’s Montana Grill” for almost 10 years. As a testimony to Rob’s hospitality and dedication, Ted Turner himself would often demand that Rockin’ Rob be his personal server each time he dined at the downtown corporate headquarters.
No matter where he travelled, he was never a stranger. He was an entertainer who entertained himself and others wherever he happened to be. He was a magnet that attracted people – music fans, other musicians, restaurant patrons, freaks, passersby, the young, the old, the general public – and he attracted love.
He was a proud patriot who loved America. But more than anything, he was a loving uncle to Atticus (whom he adored beyond words), a loving brother to Gabe and his wife Sheila and also his sister Holly faith, a loving son to Dorinda and John, and adored by his grandparents Lois and Robert and a loving friend to many – and if you happened to be picked to be among his closest friends, you were rewarded with the most fiercely loyal and loving friend you could ask for.
We ask that you uplift his parents and close family and friends in prayer during this time. He has left an impact on the lives of many and a legacy that will live on for many years.