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Bobo Faulkner

January 2, 1941 - December 14, 2014

After a brief but brave ten-month battle, Bobo succumbed to cancer in her native England. She leaves behind daughter Sasha, son-in-law Jim, grandchildren Quinn, Eliza and Jamie, sisters Audrey and Rosemary, brother Michael, step-children Nicki, Phillip and their families, as well as a world of friends who loved and cherished her. To the very end, her positive nature, beauty and grace, were an inspiration to all who knew her.
Bobo's fascinating life unfolded across three continents. Born in Dorset, England, she grew up the daughter of an headmaster for a boy's grammar school where she spent much of her childhood. Forced to leave school at 15, she began her professional career as a secretary for a prestigious London firm. After a brief marriage to British actor Trader Faulkner, and the birth of her daughter, a lucky break provided the opportunity for a modeling job in Australia. This heralded the start of an industrious 10-year career as a model, TV personality, newspaper columnist, and general celebrity.
In Sydney, Bobo met and married businessman Ralph Rosenblum and in 1978, the couple moved back to England. She left behind her illustrious television career but decided to expand her education by enrolling in a Cambridge University writing course at which she excelled. In 1982, the couple immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area where they created a chain of successful retail and interior design stores, Vogue Interiors, for which Bobo was the spokesperson. Forever reinventing herself, she became a talented interior designer and businesswoman in her own right until deciding to return to her native England in 2004. She settled in the village of Grayswood where she found peace and love with husband Mike Brown and a community of neighbors and friends. After her husband's untimely death in 2007, Bobo courageously took herself back to school, and at the mature age of 70, once again proved herself by receiving a distinction in a two-year counseling course at Guilford University.
Bobo was a great beauty both inside and out, and endeared herself to all that had the privilege of knowing her. An icon of style and a woman of substance, she had many shades and variations to her. She was an enigmatic spirit, intelligent, generous and caring, with a wicked sense of humor and an astounding creative talent. Although her passing leaves a void in the lives of all that loved her, we are thankful to have an abundance of memories from which to draw and help fill the absence she leaves behind.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2015
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