Letter to the editor- We will miss Bob Hoskins
Hopefully, at least once in everyone’s lifetime, you are fortunate enough to meet a person who becomes a “best friend.” These friends are unique in nature, reliable in everyday life and are honest to a fault.
Many years ago, under completely different circumstances, we all met such a person. His name was Bob (Mr. Clean) Hoskins.
In his younger years, he was a “maverick” of sorts, but those who knew him understood his unique nature. He lived in Southern California, and his hobbies included heavyweight lifting well before it became “fashionable.” His excellent condition, along with his noticeable premature loss of hair, led him to be recruited by the company that eventually introduced a line of household cleaners known as “Mr. Clean.” His image was seen on every label, and the nickname was his forever.
Later in life, when we all met him, he resided in Lake Tahoe and worked for Bills Casino as a security officer. His fair – and sometimes firm – nature were always tempered by his basic honesty and respect for the human race. People just naturally liked Bob and seemed to sense his ability to relate to others. One of his favorite pastimes was to write an occasional letter to the editor, and these were always an attempt to correct a problem in our community. He spent some time on a local radio station hosting a call-in talk program and deeply loved music. He had quite a collection of old records and albums that featured the likes of Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
He is survived by his brother, William, and two nieces. His mother passed away several years ago and Bob really felt that loss.
In the recent months, Bob developed a heart condition that resulted in the installation of a pacemaker a couple of months ago. This past Thursday, Aug. 30, his heart just couldn’t handle the strain any longer, and Bob passed away.
We have all lost a very true, honest and very good man and friend. His 74 years were well spent, and were always in the pursuit of goodness and fairness. Thank you, Mr. Clean, for all those memories we will cherish the rest of our lives.
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