Bobby Eugene Hodges
Bobby Eugene Hodges, 76, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2016 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. Bob was surrounded by his family and close friends. Born in Lindsey, CA, Bob is survived by his wife Barbara of Goleta, his son Gary of St. Louis, MO, three grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Hodges Coveau and Edward Coveau of Sonora, CA.
Bob’s work as a software consultant for major defense contractors kept him traveling which was perfect because he loved to go places where he had never been. He was truly a worldwide traveler and always had another trip planned. With Dr. Fred Kass of the Cancer Center on his team, treatments were selected and planned based on Bob’s travel schedule!
Bob loved to hike. In 2012, he achieved a lifelong dream of hiking in the Swiss Alps from Zurich to Geneva. He loved to hike the Sierras and to fly over them in his beloved Piper Arrow One-Five Charlie. He loved music. As a volunteer compeer (social ambassador) with the Music Academy of the West’s summer program, Bob took the musicians hiking, biking, dancing, sailing, picnicking and enjoying authentic Santa Barbara living, especially at the local music festivals. Bob, his music and dancing were rarely separated.
Bob loved to smile. His friends and family will remember and miss his smile the most. He was our best friend, mentor, our rock, and best husband.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club on October 2nd. Donations may be made to the The Cancer Foundation at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at 300 W Pueblo St. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Fred Kass and the wonderful staff for their loving and exceptional care of Bob. To all of Bob’s friends and family, directly from “Bob in Paradise”, please rest assured that he wants you all to “Make it a great day!”