Friends and admirers of Bobby Fader gathered Wednesday to wish him well in his new job that will take him away from Laguna, but what they really wished was that he wasn't going.
After 20 years of catering events at Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too, Fader has accepted a job at a hotel in San Diego. No one at the farewell party wanted to see him go.
"It think this is a major loss," Councilman Kelly Boyd said.
Patrick Walker, who has worked under Fader's direction on and off at the two Tivolis for seven years, will succeed him.
"Laguna won't be the same without Bobby Fader," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson. "He has been part of our family."
Pageant of the Masters Director Dee Dee Challis Davy said Fader is a charmer who will be missed.
"He represented Tivoli Terrace," Challis Davy said. "I think every important event in my life was here, starting with graduation from high school."