Known for learning, humor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His love of learning, unique sense of humor and compassion for others are what defined Robert Foster, a longtime Woodland Hills resident. Foster, a retired certified public accountant, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 80. “He was intelligent, funny and caring. He had a dry sense of humor, very British,” said granddaughter Alecia Foster. “He was really well-read. He knew a lot about other cultures and religions. “He was always interested in seeing shows, oddly enough, on the Indian channel or Telemundo, even though he didn’t know the languages.” Foster’s compassion for others showed itself when he was growing up in Ohio during the Depression. Alecia Foster recalled an often-told story of the time his mother sent him out to buy a loaf of bread. “He saw someone who he thought was a lot worse off and gave him the money. He said to himself, ‘My mom is going to kill me,”‘ she said. “But as he walked home, he happened to look down and saw the same amount of money that his mother had given him for the bread. He thought that God was rewarding him for being selfless.” Foster enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and received the Bronze Star for his service on the USS Brooks and the USS Hovey. He got a kick out of spotting himself in footage included in the 1952 documentary “Victory at Sea.” “His family came first. He loved us all so much,” said daughter Rebecca Foster. “He was very nice, very compassionate. He was always doing something for others. He was extremely honest and conscientious.” Foster worked for many years for Bank of America before returning to school to become a certified public accountant. He retired in 1999. “I remember when he was working at home, he would have classical music playing in the background,” Rebecca Foster said. He had been an active member of the Woodland Hills Rotary and Lions organizations and a parishioner at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. In his leisure time, Foster enjoyed fishing and golf. His Boston terrier, Toby, was a faithful companion until the dog’s death last year. Robert Harry Foster was born on Feb. 19, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Dora Perez on July 28, 1946. They lived in Glendale until 1952, when they moved to the Walnut Acres neighborhood of Woodland Hills. Foster is survived by his wife, Dora; son, Robert; daughter, Rebecca; two grandchildren; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Inez Foster. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, with burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Kaiser Hospice, 13652 Cantara St., Plaza Building, Third floor, Panorama City, CA 91402. —Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] last_img

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