Robert L. “Bob” McDonald, 70, a longtime resident of Brookfield, died Aug. 15, 2015 in Berwyn.
Mr. McDonald served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as an electrician prior to retirement but in recent years was known as the “Mayor of Loca Mocha,” after the Brookfield coffee shop he frequented most mornings.
“I and many other people know Bob as the Mayor of Loca Mocha,” said Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak. “He was an unassuming, super-friendly guy that everyone seemed to gather around and gravitate to. Every morning, Bob would be in the coffee shop greeting customers and friends by first name.”
About six weeks ago, Mr. McDonald was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said Petrak. After his circle of friends learned of the diagnosis, one of them cut out a recent picture of Mr. McDonald and pasted it into the doorway of a painting that hangs on one of the shop’s walls.
The picture hangs above the chair where Mr. McDonald sat every morning. On the morning of Aug. 17, customers learned the news of Mr. McDonald’s passing, because a black ribbon and bow were tied on the picture.
“When I saw a black ribbon and bow around the picture this morning, I knew Bob had died,” Petrak said. “Lot of sad faces in there.”
Mr. McDonald was the husband of Claudia McDonald (nee Starr); the father of Michaela (Steven) Crowley, Travis McDonald, Caleb McDonald, Clint McDonald Brigida McDonald and Kali McDonald; the grandfather of Genoa Crowley, Gavin Crowley, Ava Crowley and Giuliana Crowley; and the brother of Mike (Doris) McDonald, Carol (the late Dave) Jenkins, and the late Richard and Thomas McDonald.
Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Adolph Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Ave. in Berwyn. There will be a funeral service at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19.
Interment is at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood at a later date.