On July 4th, 2013, we lost a very special man. At a remarkably youthful and energetic age of 77, Robert Albert Angulo succumbed to Mesothelioma.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara he was known by many loveable nicknames; including 'Petie'. He attended Lincoln School and SBJH. During summers he loaded crates of lemons onto railroad box cars at the Goleta Lemon packing house where his mom worked and also after school helping his dad at an auto body shop. He played on the Don's SBHS's football team and graduated with the Class of 1954. A month later he joined the US Navy serving on the USS Rochester C-124, a heavy cruiser ship as a boiler tender (where he was unknowingly exposed to asbestos), until his honorable discharge in 1958. After serving his country, he worked various labor intensive jobs due to his strong physique. It was during one of these jobs he found his lifetime profession - a big rig truck driver where he became a local legend by consistently making more pickups and deliveries in a day than anyone else. He drove for Smith Transportation until 1989 - almost 30 years. Then, 'BA' drove for Di Salvo, PDX, and lastly, Crescent Truck Lines where their slogan "Loaded with Experience" suited Bob to a tee. He excelled at his job, played pranks on his coworkers, and enjoyed the wonderful people he met along his routes. Just prior to retiring, he taught Driver's Ed where he instilled 'his rules of the road from a truckers point of view' hoping they'd recall his lessons for a lifetime of safe driving.
Bob took up the sport of bowling in his forties and bowled in many leagues and tournaments at San Marcos Lanes, Orchid Bowl and Zodo's. The highlight of his bowling occurred on Jan. 9, 2012 when he bowled his FIRST PERFECT 300 GAME?at the young age of 76 - the oldest to accomplish this in Santa Barbara bowling history!
Bob began coaching youngsters at San Marcos Bowl in the 1990's and continued coaching at Orchid Bowl and Zodo's. He was a Bronze Level Bowling Coach and mentored many youngsters and adults to improve their games. Obviously a well-loved coach, his former students, all grown up, would run up to him with a hug and appreciation for the lessons he'd taught them in bowling, driving, and life.
Bob was involved with the SB Boys Club Alumni (where he was honored as Boy of the Year in 1953), Los Pisano's Golf Club, Plumbers and Peddlers Golf Club, Goleta Lions Golf Tourneys, Encina Royale Board of Directors and committees, Santa Barbara Elks Lodge, Elks Good Fellowship League, Elks Caravaneers 613 where he had looked forward to being the 2013 Assistant Wagon Master.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Antonia and Albert; his brother Gilbert; his Aunt Pat and Uncle Fred. Surviving relatives include his loving wife of 26 years, Sharon; his brother Rey; son Rob; daughter's Gloria, Debra, and Nancy; grandchildren Kelsey, Sam, Moshe-David, and Bracha; nieces Sarah and Valerie and Sharon's sister Shelley.
Bob's family wish to thank and acknowledge the many doctors, staff and facilities who treated Bob.
My husband, Bob, was a strong big guy with a heart to match. He was the kindest most 'gentle' man I've ever known. He unselfishly, offered me the rare gift of unconditional love, respect and true admiration. He stood by me and was always there for me no matter the consequences. "Honey, you are my rock for eternity".
"Life of Bob" is Sat, July 27, from 4-8 pm at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge. McDermott-Crockett will handle Military honors at Calvary Cemetery to be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Santa Barbara, VNA Hospice, Serenity House, Food from the Heart, or Zodo's Youth Program: "Coach Bob Youth Bowling Scholarship".