Now Bloss, 90, is moving to Redondo Beach to be near his daughter, (Roberta) Lenore Bloss, his granddaughter Angie Hall, her husband Michael and his great-grandchildren, Megan and Alexa. There was a gathering of his friends at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley late Monday afternoon to say goodbye. Of course he had modestly said he didn't want a party but Museum Curator Beverly Lane went ahead and planned the gathering anyway and she asked Lenore to get him there. She knew his old friends would be upset if they didn't have a chance to say goodbye. Then Beverly quickly got out word to those in historical circles. She said she'd just learned recently how active he had been with the Contra Costa County Historical Society, in addition to writing history books and co-founding the San Ramon Valley History Society in 1970.
A few dozen folks milled around the museum, talking to Roy and to each other, and some looking at the current exhibit, a display of politics in the San Ramon Valley. This made the perfect backdrop to say goodbye to Roy. When he was co-chairman of the 1973 Alamo cityhood campaign, he was, as he has put it, "one of five elected city councilmen to the city that wasn't elected." An aging sign on the food table read, "Elect Bloss City Council."
Lenore said his energy puts her to shame, but still she has been worried about his living alone since her mother, Roberta Madie, died three years ago. She said he recently gave up driving and agreed it is time for this new phase of his life. She said Redondo Beach has a lot of activities for seniors and he will live in his own apartment in an assisted living complex.
"Redondo Beach is a good town to retire in," she told me, adding, "and now he can see his great-grandkids' soccer games."
Roy has already had a private tour of its museum, she said. Also he was raised in Southern California.
Lenore and Roy have been getting his Alamo home ready to sell and she was enthusiastic about the estate sale services offered by Hospice of the East Bay, which then benefits its good works. She said her dad has a shed in the back yard where he had accumulated things for decades, which she approached with trepidation. "I thought it would be daunting," she said. But she was pleased to see that he'd been sorting through his memorabilia for the past few years, and she found he'd given a lot of it to the museum. "He wanted to make sure the stuff would be in good hands," she said.
Roy came into the Danville Weekly office last fall to personally hand me a guest opinion he'd written about Alamo incorporation. When I read what he had to say, I could see that here was a man who'd been around the incorporation block a few times in Alamo. We printed his guest opinion Oct. 5. I trust he'll watch this latest incorporation movement closely from his new home. After all, he'll always be a "man of Alamo," where he lived for 53 years and contributed so much.
-Dolores Fox Ciardelli can be e-mailed at editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.