Long time Thousand Oaks resident and business owner Bob (that's with one "o") Morrison passed away Sunday April 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family singing him his favorite songs. Bob was blessed with very good health for most of his 81 wonderful years and lived in the excellent company of his beloved wife of 60 years, Claudia. He was blessed with three loving children, Matt, Dan and Cathy and six grandchildren Eric, Danielle, Chloe, Nick, Robert and Katie.
Bob was born on December 20th, 1932 in Maywood, Ca. to Norm and Birdie Morrison. They moved to Thousand Oaks on New Years Day 1937. At the time there were only about 300 people living in the Conejo Valley. Bob's folks bought the Oakdale Dance Hall and Saloon. A Saturday night bash at the Oakdale was just that, with a healthy mix of farm hands and ranch hands who didn't always see eye to eye. Bob's father (and the Sherriff) decided it might be a good idea to turn the establishment into a less exciting enterprise. They put a market at one end and a pool hall at the other end. A year later they put in Thousand Oak's first post office in a cubbyhole in the market. In true rural fashion, Bob and his family lived in the back of the market.
Bob enjoyed growing up in rural Thousand Oaks. The possibilities for a young boy were endless. He told stories of spending fun filled days fishing in Lake Sherwood and hunting in the wide-open spaces that are now Westlake Village. As a child Bob attended Conejo Elementary School. He attended Oxnard High School due to the fact that there was not a high school in Thousand Oaks at the time. After high school, he attended Ventura College.
While on leave from the Army in 1954 he married the love of his life, Claudia Richards of Santa Paula. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Thousand Oaks to rejoin the community that he would enjoy for the rest of his life. He was active and interested in all facets of the Conejo Valley. Bob joined the Thousand Oaks Rotary club on Oct. 8th, 1959 and was a lifelong, active member. Outside of his community service he had many other things he enjoyed. He bestowed his love of the ocean onto his three kids through boating, fishing, and scuba diving.
Bob and Claudia were the proprietors of the 1000 Oaks Liquor store for the next 35 years. During that time they expanded the liquor store into what would eventually become the Boulevard Center and the N&R Properties storage business. Bob always told his children, "Find a job you'd do for free, and figure out a way to get paid for it". What Bob loved most was interacting with people. His signature sense of humor gave him the ability to connect with people on a very special level.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca. 91360. Please park near the aquatic center and take the bridge to the chapel. Shuttles will be available for those with the need for it.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:MANNA Food Bank, 3020 Crescent Way, Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360.Arrangements made with the assistance of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks. 805-230-2800