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In Memory of

Robert Ellis Hollister

March 19, 1945 - September 29, 2016

Obituary


A TRIBUTE TO OUR BROTHER
ROBERT ELLIS HOLLISTER
March 19 1945 - September 29, 2016

From Your Devoted Family:

One doesn't have to look very far to see the forever lasting impression that Bobby has left in all of the places and people he has touched during his time with us. The outpouring of social media posts is overwhelming and speaks to the very heart and soul of his being. Bobby loved Atlanta, the arts, the culture, the people and of course his home. When we would come to visit him, he would...

A TRIBUTE TO OUR BROTHER
ROBERT ELLIS HOLLISTER
March 19 1945 - September 29, 2016

From Your Devoted Family:

One doesn't have to look very far to see the forever lasting impression that Bobby has left in all of the places and people he has touched during his time with us. The outpouring of social media posts is overwhelming and speaks to the very heart and soul of his being. Bobby loved Atlanta, the arts, the culture, the people and of course his home. When we would come to visit him, he would not sit still until we took in the sights, whether it be the Atlanta Beltway, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Atlanta Lights at Christmas, Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, shopping and restaurants. You were on the go from the time you came to see him until you left. What a tremendous host he was to his family and friends.

Bobby lost the love of his life at a very young age and we all were not sure what this would do to his zest for life. But Bobby as we all witnessed, picked himself up, dusted himself off and repeated several times to all of us, "Well, it is what it is!" Even later in life, when a dear business partner from The Alison Agency passed away, Bobby picked himself up like a champion and moved on. Even with the diagnosis/prognosis that comes with cancer, Bobby pushed through like nobody else could. We have all learned so much from our brother, "to get over what stands in our way," "to be who we are and are meant to be," and "to love one another as the siblings we are."

WE LOVE YOU DEAR BROTHER!!!! YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS AND WE'LL SEE YOU WHEN WE SEE YOU! GOD SPEED!

Susan, Cheryl, Donald "Chip", and Craig

A TRIBUTE TO
ROBERT ELLIS HOLLISTER
MARCH 19, 1945 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

When Robert Ellis Hollister walked into the room, those in his company felt positive energy, acceptance, a kindred spirit. This was just one example of who Bob was and how he impacted those around him. Bob always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Bob wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Bob was tireless and had boundless optimism that would serve him well, always in pursuit of life's endless possibilities opportunities.

He was the son of Ellis and Marjorie Hollister, and later on stepson to Violet Hollister. Bob was raised in Southwick, MA with 7 siblings from a blended family. Bob graduated from Southwick High School. He was pre-deceased by his older brothers William and Patrick as well as his younger sister Lynn. He is survived by his younger sisters Susan and Cheryl as well as his younger brothers Donald and Craig. Bob was perceived as the patriarch of his family and was the common thread everyone gravitated to.

Bob did well in college where he studied Drama & English Literature at Western Carolina University. Bob was very adaptable and as a result, he thrived in the performing arts classes and grew a passion for theatre. With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Bob was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Approachable and outgoing, Bob was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were the Jakobowski kids. Later in life, he became good friends with a wide diversity of people throughout the country and especially in his home of Atlanta for the past 40+ years.

Bob's primary occupation was an event planner in the Atlanta area for many years. Bob was the former Regional Representative for the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic States at the National Endowment for the Arts; was the former Performing Arts Director at the Southern Arts Federation, and the former Regional Representative for The Alison Agency. Bob was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Bob had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Bob's colleagues saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

Because Bob loved living life to the fullest, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were walking the Atlanta Beltway, enjoying Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, collecting antiques, supporting the performing arts, and enjoying friends and family, and traveling to many countries around the world. Bob had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all his favorite pastimes. Bob was also an active member of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the High Museum, the Atlanta Prime Timers and many other arts organizations.

Bob loved to travel to other countries and immerse himself in new cultures, especially if he could do so with friends. A favorite vacation included a once in a life time, month long trip to Asia to celebrate his 70th birthday last year with his dear friend Robert Bulger. In many of the pictures from this trip, Bob is seen smiling from ear to ear.

Bob Hollister passed away on September 29, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital. Bob fought cancer with the help of many excellent medical professionals but most importantly with his positivity, love of life, commitment to making the very most of each day for the gift it was. Bob did not wish to have a Celebration of Life event or public memorial; in some ways he was quite private not wanting to attention on himself. Bob wished for those close to him to remember him in their heart and to move forward in life practicing love, acceptance and peace as he did. Bob will have his ashes distributed in a private ceremony with immediate family and then amongst the northern mountains of Georgia per his wishes.