Valley pharmacist was life of the party

first_imgA positive outlook, generous spirit and genuine caring for his customers – that was pharmacist Robert Tomlinson’s formula for success. Tomlinson, a Granada Hills resident, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 26 at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. He was 77. “He had a tremendous sense of humor. He made friends easily. He was happy-go-lucky,” said Irene Tomlinson, who met her husband on a blind date. “He was quick-witted. He was the life of the party.” The self-employed Tomlinson lived in the same house in Granada Hills for 46 years and early in his career was partners in drug stores including Fred’s Pharmacy in North Hollywood and Marina Village Drug in Ventura. Later, he operated a pharmacy at Granada Hills Community Hospital for more than 15 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In 1995, Tomlinson retired from operating the Brentwood VA Hospital pharmacy and filled in for pharmacists who went on vacation. “He would stop and start working after working at the VA. He would work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. He really loved his work,” said daughter Margaret Lynne Vanderburg. “He was a people person. He was good at making people feel comfortable and important.” Lynne Vanderburg recalled one particular day while she was working in one of her father’s drugstores that revealed her father’s compassion. A pharmacy salesman was in the store to take an order but the pharmacy was already well-stocked. Tomlinson placed an order with the supplier anyway. “We didn’t need anything but he said to me, ‘Everybody has got to eat,”‘ said Lynne Vanderburg. “It was a generosity. It was a small act of tenderness.” Tomlinson loved to play golf and frequently played at Knollwood Golf Course in Granada Hills and in Palm Springs. He enjoyed traveling overseas and his wife recalled one of the places he loved was St. Andrews, Scotland. He was an avid football fan, rooting for his alma mater’s team, the Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. Tomlinson also enjoyed watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood Westerns and listening to the music of Frank Sinatra. Robert John Tomlinson was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Oakdale, Pa. He graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1952 from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and worked at Parke-Davis. He married Irene Hladysh on Oct. 27, 1955. Tomlinson is survived by his wife; daughter; son, Dr. Robert J. Tomlinson Jr.; five grandchildren; and a brother, Francis White Burns. A funeral service was held Friday at Chapel of the Oaks at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth. Donations in Tomlinson’s memory can be sent to a favorite charity. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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