November 05, 2003

Bobbie Hess

I feel like I'm too young to have my contemporaries dropping dead. Just a few days ago, Matt Beer died in Cambodia at age 50 and today I found out that Bobbie Hess, a former Examiner colleague, died over the weekend. She was 58.

Bobbie had a huge heart and deserved better. Here's her obit in the San Francisco Chronicle, where she worked after the Examiner merged with the Chron. She was everything her colleagues say she was -- smart, capable, caring, opinionated.

The Cubs were her only weakness. They say she died of pneumonia, but you've got to think that the Marlins and Game 7 took its toll.

Goodbye, Bobbie.

Posted by Tim Porter at November 5, 2003 09:53 AM

It's hard to imagine Bobbie gone. I knew her at the Sun-Times in Chicago and we ended up in the same apartment building. When I took off for a year, to camp around the country, she kept my furniture and then took it to San Francisco when she went to the Examiner, because I expected to end up on the West Coast. I didn't, ending up on the East Coast instead. So I visited Bobbie, and my furniture, knowing the furniture had found a good home. She did fit so well in San Francisco.
I wish she could have seen the Cubs win a World Series. That would have been perfection!

Posted by: Dale Vincent on November 10, 2003 05:48 PM
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