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Robert Anthony Pettingill
81, passed away peacefully at home on October 15th following a brief illness. His loving partner of 49 years, Izzy Mercado, was at his side. In addition to his partner, he is survived by his sister Mayedelle Halligan of El Cerrito and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his brother Paul Pettingill.
Born in San Francisco on January 17, 1931, he was the son of a San Francisco fireman. He attended Sacred Heart High School, and then briefly attended City College of San Francisco before joining the Air Force during the Korean War.
Following the Korean War, he was a San Francisco motorcycle policeman until his retirement in the early 1960s. Following his retirement, he and his partner opened the Sausage Factory in San Francisco's Castro District, which still operates today. In addition, he owned two other successful bars and restaurants and a cattle ranch in northern California. After moving to Monte Rio, CA, his home of 34 years, he worked for the US Bankruptcy Court in Santa Rosa. Following his second retirement in the 1990s, Bob and Izzy enjoyed traveling between Monte Rio and their vacation home in Palm Springs.
He had a passion for animals and owned several English bulldogs. He is preceded in death by his beloved dogs Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mae West, Jack Dempsey, Lady Godiva, Isadora Duncan, Jean Harlow, Rocky Marciano and Mishka. His other passion was cooking and he will always be remembered for his delicious pizzas and raviolis, and his infamous impromptu neigh-borhood parties. He will be missed by all.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 28, 2012
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