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Hobart (Hobie) Emory Frates Obituary


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“I was just talking to Linda, wondering how Uncle Hobie was doing. So sorry to hear, but he had a great life and family. Love, Paul ”
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Hobie Frates passed away on January 20, 2013, in San Mateo, CA at the age of 87. Hobie, a lifetime Bay Area resident, was born in San Francisco, on September 23, 1925. He attended St. Ignatius High School followed by the University of San Francisco. After proudly serving his country in the Air Force during WWII, Hobie married the love of his life, Lilas Julia Brennan, who sadly passed away in 1990.
After earning his masters degree, he embarked on a fulfilling 30+ year career as a teacher at South San Francisco High School. He also worked as a charter and tour bus driver, which gave him an opportunity to showcase his wit and charm. Ever the comedian, Hobie dubbed himself, "The world's worst bus driver!" He compensated with tours full of insightful facts, colorful stories, and terrible jokes that endeared him to all. At home, Hobie was well known for his two great passions: gardening and being "frugal." Hobie was happiest knee deep in mud while planting his latest experiment or tending to his beloved backyard pond filled with goldfish. Occasionally gruff, he had a big smile, an even bigger heart and always was there for his children and grandchildren. Truly a unique man, "Dad" and "Grandpa" will be greatly missed. Hobie was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Lilas Frates; his parents, Dr. John & Genevieve Frates; his daughter, Lilas Giacomino; his brothers, Ted and Elwood Frates. He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Johnston of Sunnyvale and his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tim Hitch of Meridian, ID; his six grandchildren, Michael, Steven, Jackie, Scott, Jennifer, Kevin and their respective spouses, as well as six great grandchildren, Rachel, Ryan, Dana, Joey, Kaylee and Brooke.
Services will be private.