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What a Week: Remembering Bob Butler, former Pleasanton mayor and councilman

Original post made on Oct 15, 2021

Many with long ties to the Pleasanton community are mourning after the recent death of former mayor and councilmember Bob Butler. He was a central figure during crucial times in the city's evolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Posted by Tom Richert
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 15, 2021 at 4:27 pm

Tom Richert is a registered user.

1976 I met Bob Butler when he was on the planning commission. I wanted to open a small business selling only Redwood, the property on Sunol Blvd was a vacant parcel, told Bob I could buy a 9’x12’ to drop on the ground and pay to use the restroom at an adjoining garden nursery. I could only afford $300. a month in rent so it was a 9,000sf vacant parcel.
Bob was singularly a supporter, others on the commission wondered, but Bob said let him try. I dropped the building on bare ground dug a trench for electrical hookups and with my wife and one year old child hoped for the best.
Bob & I occasionally ran into each other over the years, I always mentioned that without his support my dream wouldn’t have happened, he always chuckled, then asked how I was doing.
Bob is someone that “left a mark”!
Gonna miss him.
Tom Richert, Richert Lumber Co., since 1976

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