10/21/2010 AT 8:00 PM ET
Henry Winkler remembers his last phone conversation with Tom Bosley.
At the time, Bosley was suffering from lung cancer. “We talked about his strength and that it was coming back,” Winkler, 64, who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, tells PEOPLE.
“He had just gone through several bouts of chemo, and you always heard him in a positive, forward attitude. He was always looking forward, you know. At 83, I hope that’s me.”
Bosley, who died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs at age 83, is set to be buried in a private funeral in Los Angeles on Friday.