Declining health has put an end to Bob's effort to collect aluminum cans in Crestview for recycling.

CRESTVIEW — Elvit Enlow, also known as Bob the Can Man, will no longer be found walking around town collecting cans.

Bob, as he likes to be called, has been seen walking around Crestview for many years collecting cans in a wagon. He would stash the cans behind the Crestview Manor, an assisted-living facility where he lived.

Bob, who moved here with his mother from California many years ago, began can collecting after the death of his mother caused him to move into the Manor. Someone would then take the cans to a recycling center in Pensacola and bring the money back to Bob.

He would use the money to pay for his stay at the facility, as well as to buy gifts for people.

“A lot of people would give him cans on his route,” Bob's friend and Friendly Florist owner, Susan Hollingshead said. “I can't tell you how many people still bring cans by the bag full to my store.”

Hollingshead said recently she became worried when she wasn't seeing Bob walk around collecting cans.

“We tried to track him down and found out he was in the nursing home,” Hollingshead said. “He got so bad that they could not keep him in the Manor.”

Since Bob is in the nursing home due to deteriorating health, he will no longer be able to continue collecting cans.

Hollingshead said now that he is finished, one thing she will never forget is how he would collect cans, rain or shine.

“It would be freezing cold and I would see him out there,” Hollingshead said.