Robert Ellison Hollingsworth (1925 - 2014)

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After a brief illness Robert Ellison Hollingsworth passed away peacefully on July 22nd surrounded by his family.
Robert was born Aug. 12, 1925 on the family ranch in Tomales, Ca. to the late Pearl and Harry Hollingsworth.
Robert's love of the sea began when he joined the Navy in 1943, not quite 18 years old. He served aboard several Liberty Ships in the Asiatic Pacific as a Motor Machanic's Mate. Upon returning home in 1946 he bought a fishing boat and fished commercially in Bodega Bay for several years.
In 1957 Robert married Janet Gilmere and together they had five children. They moved to Bellingham, Washington in 1967. In 1973 Robert moved to Seldovia, Alaska where he began his career with the Alaska Marine Highway and eventually became Chief Engineer aboard the M.V. Tustumena. Robert was truly in his element in Alaska and shared his passion with his family. Upon retirement in 1990 Robert returned to Bellingham and enjoyed many years spending time with his family and countless outings on his boat.
He is preceded in death by his three siblings: Helen Land, Richard Hollingsworth and Ruth Waltrip.
Robert is survived by his children: Robert "Kelly" [Bonnie] Hollingsworth, Chris (Laurie) Hollingsworth, Russell Hollingsworth, Julie (Taylor) Rawls, and Marla (Brad) Sieler all of Bellingham, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Robert was a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by many. Although at times he appeared rough around the edges, this man possessed an endearing quality that charmed and elicited love and respect from all who knew him.
A memorial was held in Bellingham on August 2, 2014.
We will miss you Uncle Robert, Janet Rodd and Family
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from Aug. 14 to Sept. 13, 2014
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