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Chester B. Sobsey


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Chester B. Sobsey Obituary
August 15, 1926 - February 13, 2016 CHET SOBSEY (1926-2016) Chet Sobsey, a grand presence on the planet since 1926, passed away at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, February 13, due to respiratory failure. He was a self-made man who worked his way up from humble beginnings in the Bronx to an esteemed position as the Administrative Assistant to Senator Howard Cannon, a 4-term Democrat from Nevada. Sobsey traveled the world while serving in the Merchant Marines in WWII. Those experiences instilled in him a love of travel that he enjoyed the rest of his life. He studied journalism at University of California, Berkley. He continued his journalistic path hosting his own television show interviewing political figures, and working for the Las Vegas Review Journal as a reporter and political columnist. When Howard Cannon won the senatorial election in 1958, he hired Chet to go to Washington with him to serve as his press secretary. The Review Journal ran a headline saying: "Mr. Sobsey Goes To Washington." Chet retired in 1982 when Senator Cannon lost reelection to a fifth term. He lost his wife, Mary Alice, in 1984 and decided to relocate to California to be near his mother and sister and his best friend since childhood, Duke Stone, founder of the original Duke's Coffee Shop on Sunset Boulevard. He played tennis, swam, took cruises, and led an active life. He was often accompanied by his companion of many years, Blanche Lee. He is survived by his daughter, Barbre Brunson; sons Robert H. Sobsey of Reno, Nevada; Robert L. Sobsey (Alice) of Rockville, Maryland; Michael Sobsey (Sohiela) of Hoboken, New Jersey; and two grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin. He was predeceased by his parents, Isidore and Bessie; his sister Harriet; his first wife, Violette; his second wife, Mary Alice; sons Lance Brunson and Roger B. Sobsey. His family and friends will miss his eloquence, his wit, and his dynamic character.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 11, 2016
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