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Robert Charles Figel

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Robert Charles Figel Obituary
March 29, 1925 – November 19, 2013
Once upon a time (actually, it was February 23, 1952) Genevieve Lanigan married Robert Charles Figel, even though he was a Republican. Despite epic spoon-flinging election year 'discussions' and a profound aversion to hugging, the next six decades produced ten children, nine sons-and-daughters- in-law, twenty-nine grandchildren (plus assorted partners), and three great-grandchildren, and deeply affected the lives of many more.
Bob taught us that love doesn't require hugs or kisses or even words. Sometimes love is the old cars you keep repairing, the toilets you keep unplugging, the tuition bills you keep paying, the vacations and new cars you keep putting off. It's making and sharing the perfect Tom Collins at the end of the day. It's those tears you shed—proudly—at each of your children's weddings. And it's walking your guests to their car at the end of their visit, and then standing and waving until they are out of sight.
We invite family and friends on Sunday, December 1 from 5:00-10:00PM in Upland for an informal wake and a toast to Bob's memory. On Tuesday, December 3 we will commemorate, honor, and give thanks for the lessons of Bob's 88 years. Funeral services will be at 10:00AM at St. Anthony Parish, 2110 North San Antonio Avenue, Upland, CA 91784. We also welcome you to a short ceremony at 11:00AM on December 4 at the Riverside National Cemetery chapel, 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518, (951-653-8417).
Information or directions: 909-981-3407. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements: Midgley Mortuary, 800-795-0028. In lieu of flowers, we encourage contributions in Bob's memory to Phillipines relief organizations such as the International Red Cross.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Nov. 28, 2013
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