June 8, 1942 - July 24, 2014
Robert Anton Hedman 72, known as "Bob" to his many friends, transitioned from this world to the next July 24th 2014. Born in Concord, CA, Bob was the youngest of Thelma and Clarence Lee Hedman's three children. He had natural talent for woodwind instruments and studied flute, clarinet and saxophone as a child. He also enjoyed swimming, holding records at Hillsdale High School where he graduated in 1960. In 1962 he earned his AA in Music from CSM and performed with bands that are noted in Modesto's Hall of Fame. He played First Chair Clarinet at San Francisco State and was a proud member of San Francisco Musicians Union Local #6.
In 1963 he joined the USO tour in Asia with "Kent Whitt and the Downbeats". In June 1964, Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army. While stationed in Huntsville, Alabama he met and married Angela Kaye Burns. In 1966, Robert and Angela moved to California where he gained notoriety as a well respected musician in the East Bay Music Scene. His fans recall a unique melodic tone that came from his Tenor Saxophone, a Selmer Mark IV, which he played with a metal mouthpiece. He also played two saxophones at the same time, another signature of his style. He loved to tell stories of good times shared with his "Dean-o and the Playmates" and "The Spyders" bandmates. He performed at great venues such as Frenchy's in Hayward with bands like Sly and the Family Stone, W.A.R., Tower of Power and BB King. He also had a successful career as a recording artist.
Bob continued his education at Chabot College, earning an AA in Data Processing in 1970. He and Angela had two children. Poppy Danielle was born in 1972; Anton Daniel in 1978. While Bob called himself a "retired saxophone player" for the rest of his life, he went on to a long successful career as a Systems Analyst for Alameda County, then Mervyns and finally retired from Kaiser Permanente. In his retirement, Bob fought and defeated Lung Cancer.
Robert "Bobby" Hedman spent his final days comfortably at home in the company of both children. He joins his big brother Clarence "Sonny" Hedman and both parents, who predeceased him. Bob is survived by his children; sister Janice Jo Hedman; his former wife Angela and his many friends who consider him family. His dark humor and generous smile will be missed by us all.
Nautilus Society of Oakland
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 5, 2014