Robert Locke Dellard, 58, passed peacefully on July 1, 2012 in Paso Robles, CA in the family home.
Robert was born in Painesville, Ohio in October of 1953. The family moved during 1964 from Ohio to Paso Robles where they have lived in the same home since that time.
Robert's parents are William E. Dellard, deceased, and Barbara Dellard, both longtime educators in Paso Robles City schools. They both retired in 1986.
Robert, affectionately known as Bob, graduated from Paso Robles High School and later Cuesta College with his associates degree. He was a loyal Bearcat and enjoyed all sports, especially football.
In addition to his parents, Bob had two older brothers, William F. Dellard and Paul E. Dellard. His joy was Paul's two daughters, Carly M. Dellard and Ellen L. Dellard.
Bob pursued a writing career, completing many three-act plays. If the play was not accepted for marketing, he would soon write another. He was an accredited graduate from the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute.
Bob had a discerning eye and could imitate to perfection family members, friends and famous people. His way with words made everyone smile. During long trips to visit family back East, Bob's imitations kept the family laughing and his father, the driver, awake.
Bob was well-read and enjoyed both fiction and nonfiction, often relating stories from what he read.
He wasn't perfect. He was grumpy in the morning and the family let him set the pace then; by midmorning, all was right with the world and he became the person we knew.
Bob loved deep-sea fishing from the Sprig, the family boat moored in Morro Bay Harbor. With his brother Paul, he caught salmon and blues. To Bob, fishing with the family was the ultimate of great fun. He would often filet fish back on the mooring, grilling them there for the evening meal. He was the master of the grill and very inventive in his cooking
Bob named the family dog, Chauncy, and greeted him as " my little friend."
When Bob's father was ill, Bob took him to doctors in Paso and San Luis; he lovingly cared for his dad. Recently, he and his brother Bill have been gently caring for their elderly mother.
The two brothers have spent many hours together watching and analyzing movies and television. When Bob died, Bill said, "I have lost my best friend."
So have we all.
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