Name: Robert Hewitt.
Residence: Ferndale for 10 years. Lives with his daughter and her family.
Former occupation: Retired factory mechanic.
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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.”