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Remembering Bob Philcox, former Pleasanton mayor

Late community leader sat on City Council in late-'70s, also served on Zone 7 board

Robert "Bob" Philcox, a former mayor of Pleasanton who served on the City Council during a key period in Pleasanton's evolution of the 1970s, died at home surrounded by family on Saturday. He was 88.

Former Pleasanton mayor Bob Philcox, show here at a business opening in 2019. (File photo by Jeb Bing)

Philcox, who remained actively involved in the Pleasanton community for decades after his public service, sat on the Pleasanton City Council from 1974-78, including a turn as the city's mayor in 1976-77. He continued in public office with a term on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors from 1978-82.

"Philcox was wholly committed to bettering his community, as exemplified by his participation in many service organizations throughout his life in Pleasanton," current Pleasanton City Manager Gerry Beaudin said in a statement Monday.

"His tenure on the City Council was typified by his thoughtful efforts to sensibly and sustainably grow the Pleasanton community, as the city began developing into the premier place it is today," Beaudin added. "Through his leadership, Bob helped prepare Pleasanton for a period of transformative growth that positioned the city for long-term success. Today we honor Bob's memory in gratitude for his service to our community."

The city will lower the flags at the Pleasanton Civic Center for 24 hours starting on Tuesday morning in honor of Philcox.

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Remembering Bob Philcox, former Pleasanton mayor

Late community leader sat on City Council in late-'70s, also served on Zone 7 board

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Uploaded: Mon, Sep 19, 2022, 3:49 pm

Robert "Bob" Philcox, a former mayor of Pleasanton who served on the City Council during a key period in Pleasanton's evolution of the 1970s, died at home surrounded by family on Saturday. He was 88.

Philcox, who remained actively involved in the Pleasanton community for decades after his public service, sat on the Pleasanton City Council from 1974-78, including a turn as the city's mayor in 1976-77. He continued in public office with a term on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors from 1978-82.

"Philcox was wholly committed to bettering his community, as exemplified by his participation in many service organizations throughout his life in Pleasanton," current Pleasanton City Manager Gerry Beaudin said in a statement Monday.

"His tenure on the City Council was typified by his thoughtful efforts to sensibly and sustainably grow the Pleasanton community, as the city began developing into the premier place it is today," Beaudin added. "Through his leadership, Bob helped prepare Pleasanton for a period of transformative growth that positioned the city for long-term success. Today we honor Bob's memory in gratitude for his service to our community."

The city will lower the flags at the Pleasanton Civic Center for 24 hours starting on Tuesday morning in honor of Philcox.

Editor's note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Shelley
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Livermore
on Sep 20, 2022 at 11:08 am
Shelley, Livermore
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on Sep 20, 2022 at 11:08 am

I am so sad to hear about the passing of Bob Philcox. What a man he was! Honest, hardworking and a wonderful friend to my family. Bob did so much for the City of Pleasanton. They don't make men like Bob anymore. Our heartfelt blessings go out to Orley, Bobby and Nancy always.


ddclausen
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Old Towne
on Sep 20, 2022 at 8:27 pm
ddclausen, Old Towne
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on Sep 20, 2022 at 8:27 pm

I met Bob in 1982 at a banking event. Later I was fortunate to assist him with various technology issues. When we were discussing the community, I could tell he was genuinely concerned about how Pleasanton was at a turning point from a small community to a thriving city. His thoughts on how the City of Planned Progress could move forward were right on target after looking at where we are today. Bob will be missed.


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