Memorials · Parkinson's Resource Organization

The Memorial Wall

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

October 26, 1942 - April 29, 2014

Actor associated with tough-guy roles, but capable of playing the poodle as well as the Pitbull.

Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71 of pneumonia, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an aitch, Hoskins was far from conventional leading-man material. In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career.

As the beleaguered, optimistic sheet-music salesman in the BBC series Pennies from Heaven (1978), written by Dennis Potter, he was sweetly galumphing and sincere. Playing an ambitious East End gangster in The Long Good Friday (1980), he added an intimidating quality to the vulnerability already established. Hoskins could be a poodle or pitbull; as a reluctant driver for a prostitute in Mona Lisa (1986) and a patiently calculating murderer in Felicia's Journey (1999), he was a cross-breed of the two. No other actor has a more legitimate claim on the title of the British Cagney.

When international success came in the mid-1980s, Hoskins made not the least modification to his persona or perspective, maintaining the down-to-earth view: "Actors are just entertainers, even the serious ones. That's all an actor is. He's like a serious Bruce Forsyth."

Born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and raised in north London, he was the only child of Robert, a bookkeeper, and Elsie, a teacher, and school cook. Bob left school at the age of 15 and took various jobs – bouncer, porter, window cleaner, fire-eater – after dropping out of an accountancy course. Accompanying a friend to an audition at the Unity Theatre, London, in 1968, Hoskins landed a part. He acted in television and theatre in the early 1970s; Pennies from Heaven, filmed shortly after the acrimonious collapse of his marriage to Jane Livesey, secured his reputation and showed him to be an actor as deft as he was vanity-free (he likened himself in that musical drama to a "little hippopotamus").

In The Long Good Friday, he showed the charismatic swagger necessary to fill a cinema screen, though it was the picture's final shot – a protracted close-up of Hoskins's defiant face – that sticks most indelibly in the memory. In 1981, he played Iago opposite Anthony Hopkins in Jonathan Miller's BBC adaptation of Othello and also met Linda Banwell. The following year she became his second wife, and the person he would credit with helping him survive periods of depression. He wrote a play, The Bystander, inspired by the nervous breakdown he suffered after his first marriage ended.

For more than a decade, he did little television; there were only a handful of exceptions, including some ubiquitous television commercials for British Telecom in which he delivered the catchphrase "It's good to talk". He concentrated predominantly on his film career. Highlights included his playful odd-couple double act with Fred Gwynne in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), and his portrayal of a down-at-heel businessman wooing an alcoholic piano teacher (Maggie Smith) in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987). He was amusing in a cameo as a heating engineer in Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) and as a coarse screenwriter in the comedy Sweet Liberty (1986), one of four films he made with his friend Michael Caine.

Hoskins's pivotal roles in that period could not have been more different. Playing the belligerent but kind-hearted ex-con in Mona Lisa, Neil Jordan's London film-noir won him many awards (including a Golden Globe and the best actor prize at Cannes), as well as his only Oscar nomination. A year later, he took on his greatest technical challenge in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Robert Zemeckis's fusion of live-action and animation, in which Hoskins was one of the film's few flesh-and-blood participants.

n the wake of the film's success, he worked widely in Hollywood: with Denzel Washington in the comic thriller Heart Condition, and Cher in Mermaids (both 1990) and playing Smee (a role he reprised on TV in the 2011 Neverland) in Spielberg's Hook (1991). The chief catalyst of his disillusionment with Hollywood was his work on the disastrous 1993 videogame spin-off Super Mario Bros. His parts in US films were intermittent thereafter, and included playing J Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995).

"You don't go to Hollywood for art," he said in 1999, "and once you've got your fame and fortune – especially the fortune in the bank – you can do what you want to do. It's basically fuck-you money."

Hoskins directed two undistinguished features – a fable, The Raggedy Rawney (1988), and the family film Rainbow (1995) – but claimed: "I just got fandangled into it." If it is true that, in common with Caine, he made too many films purely for the money, it is also the case that he never lost touch entirely with his own talents. Although he dredged up his brutal side on occasion, such as in the action thriller Unleashed (2005), tenderness predominated in later years. He played a wistful boxing coach in Shane Meadows's Twenty-Four Seven (1997) and appeared alongside his Long Good Friday co-star, Helen Mirren, in the bittersweet 2001 film of Graham Swift's novel Last Orders, about a group of friends scattering the ashes of their dead chum (played by Caine).

He co-starred with Judi Dench in Stephen Frears's Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) and played a loner coming late to love in Sparkle (2007), as well as a sympathetic union rep standing up for Ford's female employees in Made in Dagenham (2010).

In 2012, at 69, he announced his retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His last screen role came as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), in which his face was superimposed on another actor's body. But he was characteristically subtle as a publican standing up to thugs in Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street (2009), for which he won an International Emmy award.

Hoskins is survived by Linda; their children, Rosa and Jack; and Alex and Sarah, the children of his first marriage.

Remembering Bob Hoskins

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

William Rehburg

William Rehburg

May 21, 1932 - March 21, 2014

Bill was born May 21, 1932, in Westfalen, Germany. He came to the United States in 1952, later joining the Army 6th Armored Division Battery "C" in 1954. After the Army, he worked on the DEWLine Project in the Aleutian Islands.

Remembering William Rehburg

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Gary O'Connell

Gary O'Connell

September 29, 1934 - March 16, 2014

Gary peacefully passed from this life at his home in Northridge, Calif., where he was a resident for 41 years. He was born in Portland. Gary worked for Unocal for 40 years. He enjoyed being a doting grandfather, traveling, fishing in Alaska, golf, gardening, playing bridge, Ducks Football and family functions. He graduated from Grant High School in 1952 and the University of Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife of 59 and a half years, Margo; daughters, Cindy Lauffer and Pam Hoyt; son, Stanley O'Connell; grandchildren, Amanda and Austin Lauffer and Conner and Kyle Hoyt. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Parkinson Resource Organization.

Remembering Gary O'Connell

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Morris M. Berzon

Morris M. Berzon

April 1, 1934 - January 30, 2014

Morris M. Berzon, 79 years old, was born in Akron, Ohio, April 1, 1934, and died January 30, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Morrie never met a stranger or forgot a golf course he played. A lifelong Akronite, he graduated from Buchtel High School in 1951, attended Ohio State University, and graduated from Kent State in 1955.

Predeceased by his beloved daughter, Susan, on October 31, 2009. Survived by his wife, Myrna, the light of his life; son, David, and daughter-in-law Martha Berzon; adored grandchildren, Adam, Rachel and Matthew Berzon.

In passing, Morrie wanted to thank his dear friend, Bernard Leff, for his devotion and companionship. The family also wishes to thank all of his loyal caregivers, Charles Handel, Melanie (“Pinky”) Boone, Cynthia Randall, Steve Vukich and Rowland Sanders.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Rosehill Cemetary, in Akron (Fairlawn) Ohio — graveside service only. The family received friends at the residence of Myrna Berzon.

Remembering Morris M. Berzon

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Helene Coor

Helene Coor

August 25, 1933 - November 25, 2013

Helene Coor, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at home in Palm Springs, Calif. on November 25, 2013. Born August 25, 1933, in Los Angeles, Calif. to Robert and Haddie Fair. Helene graduated from Bell Gardens in 1951 and was school secretary from the sixth grade on. She attended Wilson Business School in Santa Monica and worked as a model.

In 1960 she married Larry Coor and they lived in Whittier. They have three children; Skip, Kelli, and Brett, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. While living in Alaska, Helene worked in the family business while raising her family.

Some years later they returned to Whittier, Calif., and then in 1989 moved to Palm Springs where Helene worked for the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational golf tournament, retiring after 15 years. Helene is preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Harold Fair, her sister Hazel and granddaughter Kacee Ryan. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Remembering Helene Coor

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

James P. Kopley

James P. Kopley

January 24, 1926 - November 13, 2013

Jim passed away peacefully and with dignity in his home in Westwood, CA surrounded by family after over a decade fighting Parkinson's.

He was born in St. Louis, MI and moved to Los Angeles at age ten. Jim attended Hollywood High School, served in the Navy as a Radio Technician and received his B.S. and MBA from Stanford. He later met his wife Betty in Los Angeles where they recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

He worked as a Finance Business Development Executive at Hughes/Raytheon for over 30 years managing proposal volumes. Jim's hobbies included rock hunting and lapidary, photography, travel and tracking household finances.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Betty, daughters Kathy and Ellen, and grandchildren Jeff, Coral, Sarah and Andrew. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 17th at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City at 11:00 in the morning.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson's Resource Organization, www.parkinsonsresource.org; 74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260; (760) 773-5128.

Remembering James P. Kopley

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Catherine L. “Cash” (Joyce) Remery

Catherine L. “Cash” (Joyce) Remery

October 1, 1918 - October 1, 2013

You have known him for 20+ years as an advocate, speaker, author, and Board Member of Parkinson's Resource Organization (PRO). We express our deepest sympathy to William R Remery (Bill) and his family, his siblings and their offspring and we wish them Godspeed while mourning the loss of their matriarch, Catherine L. (nee Joyce) "Cash" Remery of Orchard Park at age 95. Catherine entered into rest October 1, 2013.

The wife of the late John B. Remery; mother of Mary Ann Ingelfinger, James (Sharon Lewis) Remery and William (Rachael Akman) Remery; grandmother of Holly (Rich) Ingelfinger-Lopez, Heidi (Jon Pierce) Ingelfinger, Jill (Mark) Hereth, George (Jodi) Ingelfinger, Carl (Denise) Remery, Jamie Remery and Jacquelynn Remery; great-grandmother of Andrew, Meaghan, Robert, Matthew, David, Charles, Sarah, Shane, Elizabeth, Alyssa, Tyler and Samantha; daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Joyce; sister of Marie Ryan and the late Ann Corbran, Margaret Orr, Teresa Joyce, Mary Ellen Pilarski, James Joyce, Joseph Joyce, Thomas Joyce and William Joyce; a good friend to, and of, many.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park on Monday October 7 at 9:30 AM. Interment Nativity of Our Lord Cemetery. A special thank you to Nurse Sandy and the staff of Hospice Buffalo. Flowers gratefully declined.

Remembering Catherine L. “Cash” (Joyce) Remery

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Robert James Hart

Robert James Hart

January 10, 1936 - August 31, 2013

Robert "Bob" James Hart (77), the son of John and Charlotte Gaynor Hart, passed away on August 31, 2013. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, grew up in New Jersey and graduated in Industrial Engineering from Seton Hall University. Bob's career included companies such as Bulova, Mattel and Honeywell.

He married (Frances) Andrea Immiti Hart in 1962. The couple moved to California in 1968 and to Long Beach in 1969. Bob is survived by his wife and children: Charlotte, Robert (Victoria) and Matthew (Sharon) and grandchildren: Cole, Elena and JulianMarie Cuomo, Jordyn and Cameron Hart. Bob is cherished for volunteering with Worldwide Marriage Encounter and as the 10+ year Coffee and Donuts host at St. Barnabas Church.

Donations: "in memory of Bob" to Parkinson's Resource Organization: www.parkinsonsresource.org. Services will be on September 6th at 3 p.m. in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

Remembering Robert James Hart

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Patricia “Pat” McIntosh

Patricia “Pat” McIntosh

June 29, 1925 - July 6, 2013

Patricia “Pat” McIntosh, 88, of Palm Desert, California passed away July 6, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California. She was born June 29, 1925 to James and Margaret Johns in Youngstown, Ohio. She married Grover McIntosh in 1947 in Las Vegas, Nev. She graduated with a BS in Nursing in 1944 from St. Elizabeth’s College. In 1946 she moved to California to begin her career. She met and married Grover McIntosh, founder of the well-known McIntosh Pharmacy in Indio. They had two boys, Michael and Mark. She was widowed in 1955. She then worked as a nurse anesthesiologist in several offices until settling with Dr. F.X. McDonald for nineteen years. Upon his retirement she did part-time nursing with various oral surgeons. At that time she became an avid international traveler, visiting more than two hundred countries.

She served as President and Board Member of the Indio Women’s Club organizing many fundraising celebrity fashion shows which included President and Betty Ford, Mr. Blackwell, Tammy Faye Bakker, and film star Virginia Grey. She also served on the Board of the Coachella Valley Museum Auxiliary. She volunteered at Eisenhower Hospital, Palm Desert Museum and Parkinson’s Resource Organization. Recently she served as President and Board Member of Montecito HOA.

She is survived by three sons, Michael, Mark and Matthew McIntosh all of Palm Desert. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Joseph Leissler.

Remembering Patricia “Pat” McIntosh

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Robert G. McAlister

Robert G. McAlister

June 21, 1933 - June 22, 2013

Robert G. McAlister passed away June 22, 2013, one day after his 80th birthday. He was born in the Bronx, New York to Robert McAlister and Mae Canning. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and Fordham University. After graduation he served in the Army in Korea and Japan as a Captain. His family moved to Manhasset, N.Y. in 1962 and he moved next to Carolyn Brons. They were married on April 30, 1966 at St. Mary's Church in Manahsset, N.Y. They lived in Manhasset, Greenwich, Conn., and then on to San Francisco, South Dakota, and finally, Palm Desert. They belonged to the Olympic Club, The Peninsula Golf Club, Ironwood Country Club for 37 years and Marrakesh Country Club. Bob played team play at Ironwood and really enjoyed it. He was a loyal N.Y. Mets fan and a faithful San Francisco 49er fan. He also enjoyed going to lunch with three special gentlemen on Thursday where they solved the problems of the world. He owned Minuteman Press for nineteen years. He leaves his very loving wife of 47 years, relatives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York. Thank you to all of the employees at Ironwood Country Club and especially to Mike Oberlander and the golf staff for all of their kindness over the years.

Remembering Robert G. McAlister

Use the form below to make your memorial contribution. PRO will send a handwritten card to the family with your tribute or message included. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Contact Us

Address
Parkinson's Resource Organization
74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

General Information
info@parkinsonsresource.org

 

Like! Subscribe! Share!

Did you know that you can communicate with us through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and now Instagram?

PRIVACY POLICY TEXT

 

Updated: August 16, 2017