Robert Charles Hetrick, Jr., 80, passed away on February 7, 2020 at home, surrounded by his family, shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Mortuary Chapel, Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, Calif. 91345. A reception will follow at the Hetrick residence in Tarzana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research www.lustgarten.org.
Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie (McDougall); his children, Stephen (Rebekah), Matthew (Betsy), and Melissa (Lee); his six grandchildren, Madelyn, Sophia, Audrey, Nicholas, Lucas, and Kate; and his sister, Patricia Hetrick of Camillus.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom and sister, Peggy.
Bob was born on April 29, 1939 in Pottstown, Pa. to Robert and Grace (Frederick) Hetrick. He grew up on Keuka Lake in Penn Yan. He attended high school and played varsity football at Penn Yan Academy. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, where he was the proud owner and operator of a campus pizza truck. Between 1963 and 1966, he was a Lieutenant in the Navy, serving two tours in Vietnam. In 1967, he served as a Navy Reservist while obtaining a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).
Bob met Bonnie in 1962 at a party in Schenectady, and they were married March 16, 1963. They raised their three children on Georgina Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. before moving to Marina del Rey, Calif. and then Tarzana, Calif. to be near their grandchildren.
For over 40 years, Bob was a Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President at Smith Barney in Los Angeles, Calif. He was known for being honest and always doing what was in the best interest of his clients.
Bob was an avid reader. He loved the ocean, snorkeling, sailing, playing backgammon and card games, college football, classic Jaguars, and Tito’s Tacos. He loved a good view, his favorite being a sunset over Napili Beach in Maui. By far the greatest loves of Bob’s life, though, were his grandchildren. He could often be seen in the yard with one of his grandkids in tow behind him, slowly showing them the finer points of watering the roses, taking out the garbage, picking avocados and lemons, or cleaning the pool. It was fitting that in his last few days, all of his grandchildren were able to visit and say goodbye to him. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed.