His Dad Elroy

The Providence High School magazine had some sad news that my wife and I had somehow missed. While reading the In Memoriam section, we learned that our friend Michael Hastings lost his father to cancer. Michael was mayor of Burbank when we moved there in 1992. He and his family were, and still are, very active at Providence and at St. Finbar Church.

Through Michael, we got to know his wife and kids as well as his parents and siblings. His mother Joan was an experienced cantor at St. Finbar and was helpful to my wife as she became a new cantor. Michael’s dad was instantly recognizable to anyone who watched TV in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Bob Hastings was on McHale’s Navy, All in the Family and many other shows. In the ’90s, he was the voice of Commissioner Gordon on Batman: The Animated Series. Back in the ’40s and ’50s, Bob played Archie Andrews on radio. Bob died on June 30 at age 89.

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