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IRISH, ROBERT MATTHEW Robert Mathew Irish of Del Mar, CA; passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 on the coast of Mexico during a fishing trip with friends. Bob was born in Kansas City, Missouri; on March 19, 1947 to Neil and Maxine Irish. His family moved to California where he attended school at Holy Angels Elementary in Arcadia, CA; and Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, CA. He excelled in many sports including the CIF championship football team. Bob was a state finalist in the 100 yard dash and his love of running continued to be a daily routine on the beaches and bluffs in Del Mar. His excellence in sports continued with his passion for golf, shooting just above par as a member at Rancho Santa Fe Farms Country Club and also at Eagle Bend Country Club in Big Fork, Montana. Bob earned his BS in Business from Cal POLY-Pomona and his MBA from Cal State Long Beach. Upon graduation he began his career at Security Pacific Bank and spent six years with them before moving to San Diego to start his own real estate development firm, RMI Inc. in in 1977. Bob developed both residential and commercial properties including the Beach Walk shopping center in Solana Beach. Following a downturn in the market, Bob spent four years working with Lomas Santa Fe Development Co. before joining Buie Stoddard Group where he spent the last 14 years as President of Buie Commercial. Bob was a devoted father, son and brother. He is survived by his son Jason of Portland, Oregon; mother Maxine, sister Michele Irish of Carlsbad; and preceded in death by his father Neil Irish. Everyone that met Bob was touched by his good nature, his joy for life and his compassion and generosity to others. He was a kind, modest man with a boyish charm that everyone was drawn to. His "never give up" attitude will be greatly missed. Please join his family in honoring him at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar on Tuesday, October 9th at 4:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America. www.alz.org

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 7, 2012
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