Alexander Hobson

Alexander Ernest Hobson

Wednesday, November 9th, 1932 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
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Alexander Ernest Hobson
November 9, 1932 - March 16, 2020

He hunched over the tilted drafting table, paint brush in his right hand, cigarette in his left. In the days before computers automated his craft, he would summon the letters, any font, any style, painted with precision and passion. He created letters for logos, for book covers, for magazines and packaging. And always the cigarette, focusing him, pushing him, keeping him company.

Before retiring, he worked to share his knowledge and passion with the next generation, teaching graphic design and typography at George Brown College. Away from the drafting table he was compelled to apply his ingenuity to countless projects, from the useful to the decidedly whimsical - he couldn’t help himself. He had to create.

And boy did he love to live! Alex truly appreciated his 50-year partnership with his wife Willow - raising their family together, exploring the world, sharing the crossword (sometimes not willingly!). He was fiercely proud of his children and grandchildren, and charismatic with friends, always a story at the ready. He could be a virtuoso air pianist, passionately playing along to the trills of Ella, Frank and Count Basie. In the end, it wasn’t the cigarettes that got him (he quit 20 years ago), it was the sun and skin cancer, no doubt from the hours he enjoyed outdoors golfing and gardening.

Alex was born in Toronto and lived most of his life within a couple of hours of the city. He is survived by his loving wife Willow, his four children Julie (Donna), Valerie (David), Chris (Krista) and Jason (Terri), and eight delightful grandchildren. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Leave a message with this website if you wish to be informed about a future “Celebration of Life.”
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Jan Benoit

Posted at 02:05pm
I am so saddened by the passing of Alex. My memories of time and friendship with both Willow and Alex are from our Warkworth farms to their home in Elora. To you Alex: what a wonderful dancer you were. And, such a story teller and teacher, too. When I was taking an Impressionist art course, it was you who showed me how our own Group of Seven were similar, and did so in such a beautiful way. Many fond memories stay with me. Thank you for them all. Jan

Ellen Tyson

Posted at 12:37pm
Willow - so sorry to see the passing of Alex. I so enjoyed meeting you and Alex several years ago in my attempt to complete my family ancestry. Even with our one lunch, he left a lasting impression on both my sister and I. We would have been blessed to have had him our lives, but life had other ideas. Take care of yourself in this time of loss.

Ellen Tyson

Willow Hobson Posted at 02:29pm

Thank you for your kind words Ellen and yes, life does take some unexpected turns. Willow

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