Obituaries: Robert Neal Thornton

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday June 14, 2023
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Robert Neal Thornton
Robert Neal Thornton

July 15, 1950 — May 1, 2023

The Cinch Saloon family is saddened to announce the death of owner, Robert Neal Thornton, age 72. Bob died from cancer at his home in Novato, California on May 1, 2023. Bob was born on July 15, 1950 in Longmont, Colorado. He attended Hygiene Elementary School, St. John the Baptist School and the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University and majored in art.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Wilbur and Eunice Thornton, and two sisters, Diane McGinnis and Vicki Edmiston. He is survived by three brothers, Dennis, James, and David, as well as his two sisters, Jean and Patty. He also leaves behind his life partner Robby Morgenstein and many friends — his local loving and supportive family. We are all indebted to Robby, who cared for and supported Bob for many years, especially the past 16 months.

Bob was a soft-spoken, generous, and kind person. He had a strong connection to animals, especially his dogs, chickens, and goats. Friends called him "The Dog Whisperer." Bob was also an avid gardener. You could find him most days tending his beloved roses and his vegetable garden. Bob was a fan of fashion, art, architecture and design. He loved food and dining out at Michelin Star restaurants.

Twenty-five years ago, he and Robby purchased The Cinch Saloon, the last remaining gay bar on historic Polk Street. We feel it's only fitting that we have a celebration of life event for Bob at The Cinch at 3 p.m. on July 15, Bob's birthday, and the 25th anniversary of the day they purchased the bar.

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