Robert Emmett Hosty, Sr., age 70, passed away on July 20, 2019

Robert Emmett Hosty, Sr., age 70, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019 in his beloved lakeside home in Coloma, Michigan surrounded by family. A lifelong resident of River Forest, Illinois, he attended St. Luke Grammar School and Fenwick High School. He is joyfully reunited with his son Robert Emmett Hosty, Jr. and his parents Joan (nee Ryan) and Thomas E. Hosty, Jr.

He is survived by his daughter Alice Hosty, siblings Thomas E. III (Susan), Lawrence (Nancy), PJ (Kathleen), Terrence (Ellen), John (Lissa) and Della Marie Hosty, former spouse Peggy Cullerton Hosty, and a close clan of relatives and loyal friends.

Known to many as ‘Big Host,’ Robert cherished his relationships with friends and family and took great pride in being the life of the party in his prime. He was especially fond of living up to his self-appointed role as ‘FUR’ (Favorite Uncle Rob) to his nieces and nephews as well as anyone else he could charm into accepting him as such. Among the trademarks of his fun-loving, ‘huge by large’ personality were his quick-witted zingers and one-liners and persuasive, loosely fact-based answers for everything. He loved to share his mysteriously acquired expertise on any given subject, whether it was solicited or not. While he was always good for a joke, he was equally fast with a jab. But his sometimes-gruff delivery never could disguise the true nature of his big heart. He will be remembered most for the magnificent times and loads of laughter he shared.

Memorial Visitation will be from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church (1530 Jackson Ave., River Forest, IL) with Mass immediately to follow at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericordia/Heart of Mercy Village, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660-1017, 773-973-6300, or Starfire, 5030 Oaklawn Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 would be appreciated. 

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