Children of chef killed in Lexington crash recall father's lessons, legacy

Published: Jul. 10, 2017 at 10:44 PM EDT
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He was a well-known and respected chef, but even more than that, Robert Myers was a husband and a father - and soon he would have been a grandfather. Now that he is gone, his surviving family members say they will never forget what he taught them.

"You look forward to your parents seeing you get married and all those things, and that's all not going to happen now," said Gabriel Myers, Robert Myers' oldest child. "But the legacy that he left us, and the example he left us is really special to all of us."

Myers, 56,

on Versailles Road in Lexington while he was driving home from work.

Myers was the executive chef at Lexington Country Club. Friends and co-workers last week told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that Myers was

at his job.

Myers had eight kids - and one grandchild on the way. Family members say next month he would have celebrated his 28th wedding anniversary.

"He would still open car doors for Mom when they were going out on dates, and just treated her with so much respect and love," said Rachel Myers Morgan, one of his daughters. "That was special to see growing up."

His kids say Myers had a great sense of humor. They recalled times hiking and camping; going on picnics; looking for antiques at peddlers malls - just spending time and making memories together.

But they said they learned the most from him as a man of faith.

"I would definitely say that one of the greatest gifts he ever left us was raising us in the knowledge of the Lord," said Baruch Myers, one of Myers' sons. "Without that - I mean, that just means more than anything else."

Myers was

. Family members say because of his and their faith, they know they will see him again someday.

"As hard as it is going to be, and as it already is, just knowing we won't see him again on Earth, I don't know how I'd get through it without knowing that we're going to see him again when we're reunited in Heaven," said Rachel Myers Morgan. "That gives a lot of comfort."

Friends have set up a

to help them in their difficult time.