He ended his working days as Director of the California DMV – a fitting occupation for a boy who got his first driver’s license at the age of 14 driving solo through the empty streets of Encinitas while a motorcycle patrol officer followed at a safe distance.
Robert Charles Cozens died on April 2 this year, which made it all the more poignant that I should have met him when he was still full of tall tales and sparkling wit. He has been called a “superb representative of the greatest generation” and indeed we will not see his like again.
When, during Bob’s final months, Tom Cozens asked his dad what he considered to have been his proudest achievement, Bob unhesitatingly replied: “having been given the opportunity to serve my family, my community, my county, my state and my country”. – Alison Burns is president of the Encinitas Historical Society and author of Legendary Locals of Encinitas