The community bid farewell to Walter Hobson back on February 2.
Known as the “Doctor of Dry Cleaning,” for 50 years he served his community not only in his capacity as a hard working business man, but as an advocate for youth.
Mr. Hobson made his transition on January 27. Born in Somerville, Tennessee near Memphis on November 5, 1943, he was raised by his grandparents, Priscilla and Raymond Hobson who were among the first Black land owners in Somerville. They impressed upon him the importance of having his own and of being an entrepreneur.
Walter Hobson made good on his principled upbringing . He moved to Buffalo as a teenager and attended East High School. He served as a medic in the Army and afterwards returned to Buffalo and worked as a bus driver for almost four years. He was married in 1971 and he and his wife Bonnie opened their first Drycleaners and Laundromat that same year.
For some 5 decades Hobsons Dry cleaners has been part of Buffalo’s East Side community. Hobson’s legacy of hard work speaks for itself as he was one of the most active, well known and respected business owners in the community.
Funeral Services were held at St. John Baptist Church where the Rev. Michael Chapman, Pastor, officiated. Rev.James Lewis was the Eulogist.
To continue his legacy the family has established the Walter C. Hobson Community Outreach Foundation to directly support the education and advancement of the youth in Buffalo.
He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie Hobson; sons Raymond Hobson and Elvis Duncan; two daughters Peggy Turner and Tina Brice; sisters Marie Dalton and Joanne Kee; a brother Venris Brooks; and eight grandchildren.
May his Soul Rest Forever In The Eternal Fields Of Peace