Bob Branco is the young age of 92 and was born in Oakland, California in 1925 to Ted and Lee Branco, both of Portuguese descent. Bob was raised in the prospering Fruitvale district of Oakland along with his sister, Nadine, who joined the family in 1932. His father owned and operated Branco’s Graphic Art Service at 235 Front Street in San Francisco for many years while his mother took care of the children and the home. Coming from a Catholic family, both children attended St. Elizabeth Elementary School on 33rd Avenue in Oakland. After completing grammar school, Bob went on to learn the trades of wood and metal working, but subsequently entered the printing business, operating the many machines in his father’s shop.
After his mother passed in 1968, he continued working for his father until the sale of the family business which required Bob to find work at another print shop in Lafayette. In 1978, Bob’s father purchased a home for his children to provide them with a secure future. After his father’s passing in 1994, Bob and his sister, Nadine, shared the home on Lucas Drive in Lafayette for many years until an unfortunate injury in 2011that required Nadine to receive more care. Ultimately, the two siblings selected Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill as their new home, living in separate apartments in the Creekside Building, but participating in activities together. When Nadine needed specific care for dementia, she moved to nearby Carlton Poet’s Corner.
Bob remains active within the Carlton Pleasant Hill community, participating in many activities including Kings in the Corner, bingo, pokeno and happy hour. He is also a movie buff and visits the theater each week while boasting his own sizable collection of films. When he is not playing cards or watching movies, Bob enjoys going on many outings.
~ Denee Naro, Carlton Senior Living Personal Expressions Assistant