John Stamos honored his friend, the late comedian and actor Bob Saget, on what would have been Saget’s 66th birthday.
On Tuesday, actor John Stamos, 58, took to his personal Instagram account to share a photo of himself with Bob Saget enjoying a day at the beach. He captioned the photo by quoting the legendary actor Jack Lemmon, saying “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
He continued by writing, “Happy Birthday Bobby. I miss you madly.”
Kelly Rizzo, Bob Saget’s now-widow, replied to John Stamos on Instagram, saying, “Truer words have never been spoken. Love you brother ❤️.”
Saget was laid to rest during a private funeral ceremony in Los Angeles on January 14, and Stamos published the remarks he made at his friend’s funeral in the Los Angeles Timesthat same day.
“Bob was there for me like no other,” Stamos said as he eulogized his late friend and co-star.
“I’m not ready to accept that he’s gone. I’m not going to say goodbye yet,” he continued. “I imagine him out there, still on the road, doing what he loves with all his heart and humor. He’s standing on stage, killing! Another two-hour set in front of a couple hundred of the luckiest people on the planet.”
Stamos’s eulogy at Bob Saget’s private funeral reads, in part, as follows:
“God, he loves us all so much. Bob goes to sleep dreaming of when we’ll meet again — and he’s smiling. I know in my heart he’s smiling, still hearing the laughter from a few hours before.
When I saw his last Instagram post, my first thought was he looked too “alive” to die a few hours later. But I guess that’s right. We should all want to “die alive.” We don’t want to be filled with regret and remorse, forgotten and discarded. We want to be overwhelmed with the privilege and bounty of doing what we do best. Bob felt young, energized, grateful and appreciated. The applause and laughter didn’t have time to die down before Bob did. He never ran out of cake … or the other stuff. He died bright and fierce.
It’s hard to explain who Bob was to me personally without understanding that he’s your Bob too.
The worldwide ocean of love for him has been unbelievable. Though it’s been hard for me to look at the tributes, stories, magazine covers, millions of social media posts, I feel everyone out there is getting it right, saying the perfect thing, remembering Bob in these remarkable ways.”
Stamos continued his eulogy of Bob Saget by sharing the words Saget sent to Stamos on his birthday.
“Finally, on my birthday, Bob started texting me like crazy, asking if I’d read his post about me on Instagram. Truthfully, I was a tad over Bob at the moment, but I figured I needed to read it so he’d stop bugging me. This was his post:
‘To say we are like brothers is an understatement. We have been through so much together for 35 years. High, lows — the usual you go through with your closest of people in your life. But what I have to say here is how damned lucky I am to have John in my life. He has always been there for me, even when I could be unbearable. There is only one @johnstamos on this planet, and I am a better person because he’s in my life. Happy Birthday, Dear John.'”
Stamos said that he might just read that birthday greeting every day for the rest of his life.
At the conclusion of Stamos’s eulogy of Saget, he said he had come to a realization, even in the earliest stages of his grief:
“I’ve spent days refusing to let him go. But now I’m starting to realize I don’t have to. I don’t have to say goodbye because he’s never leaving my heart. And I will continue to talk to him every day and let him know what he means to me.”
Happy birthday to the late Bob Saget, who would have been 66 years young yesterday.