Seniors & Aging

Life with father is right solution for retiree’s family

Robert Hewitt, 81, sits on the porch of daughter Lori Lynn Crawford’s house in Ferndale where he lives with his Boston terrier, Maurrice.
Robert Hewitt, 81, sits on the porch of daughter Lori Lynn Crawford’s house in Ferndale where he lives with his Boston terrier, Maurrice. DANNY GAWLOWSKI THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Name: Robert Hewitt.

Age: 81.

Residence: Ferndale for 10 years. Lives with his daughter and her family.

Former occupation: Retired factory mechanic.

Daily routine: “I get up and five days a week, I come down to the (Ferndale) Senior Center and play pool for a few hours.” Hewitt then goes home and takes care of his dog, an 8-year-old Boston terrier named Maurrice. “He doesn’t do too much,” Hewitt says. “He just lays around the house with me. Sometimes he plays with a ball.”

Self-sufficiency: Hewitt works around the house doing dishes and his own laundry since his daughter and son-in-law work every day.

Best part about living with family: “It’s just friendly and nice and comfortable, and that’s the way I like it.”

A surprising gift: “My daughter gave me a cribbage board shaped like a fish.” Hewitt plays cribbage at the senior center and brings the board over to play.

Great expectations: When asked whether living with family in his senior years has worked out, Hewitt says, “Yes, I’ve got a daughter who is the best in the world.”

For fun: “Play pool, play cards and just enjoy myself.” Hewitt says he also enjoys fishing in the summertime at a friend’s pond. What you know now that you wished you’d known then: Hewitt says he doesn’t know. “I’ve had a good life.”

Helping hands: Hewitt’s daughter and son-in-law.

Advice for others who plan to live with family in their senior years: “Take it easy and go slow,” Hewitt said. “There is only one way to keep your family happy: Be nice to them.”

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