HENDRIX, Robert Franklin. 1946 – 2012
Robert “Bob” Hendrix, age 65. The long-time Seattleite died unexpectedly on February 19, 2012 while vacationing in Hawaii. He died as he lived, enjoying life to the fullest.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 17, 1946, Bob spent his early years in Vancouver BC, Spokane, WA and ultimately Seattle WA and White Rock, BC. Bob served in the U.S. Army and upon discharge began his long career in retail working for the Pay-N-Save Corporation, where he worked his way from sweeping floors to becoming a store manager. In 1984 Bob joined the newly created Costco Wholesale Corporation, and spent the remainder of his retail career with the company, eventually serving as Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Foods & Sundries for the NW Region. Throughout his time at Pay-N-Save and Costco, Bob touched many lives as his passion for the business and his love for the people became his signature, as he made and retained many lifelong friends.
In 1995, Bob left Costco to help his family form Seattle-based Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, the companies entrusted to manage his first cousin, Jimi’s, musical legacy. Until the time of his death Bob was actively involved with day-to-day business operations serving as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bob can best be described as the most easy-going, driven person you could meet. Those who knew him from work will recall his jovial nature, optimism, kindness, compassion, generosity, determination and straight-forward style of communication. He was no different outside of the office. He enjoyed living every moment and invited those around him to share in his joy. It was hard not to have fun when Bob was around. Family meant everything to Bob, and he treasured the time spent with them. Bob was preceded in death by his father Frank Dewolf Hendrix and mother Eudora Pearl Brown. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon (and her daughter Ashley); previous wife Sandra (her daughters Pamela and Delisa), and Bob’s first wife Shirley, mother of his two sons Robert II (wife Cherie) grandchildren: Brittany, Robert III; and Chris (wife Therese) grandchildren: Xavier, Michael, Marie, Basil, Angela and Katherine. His love for his grandbabies seemingly had no bounds, and was a source of joy over the years.
He also leaves behind his sister Diane Faith Hendrix, his brother Henri Brown, and their children, numerous cousins, friends, and colleagues. There will be a rosary on Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle. His family wishes that he be granted eternal rest. Then in keeping with the man, there will be a celebration of his life for family and friends at one of his favorite spots, The Columbia Tower Club in Seattle on Saturday, March 3 between 3 and 6pm.