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Robert Michael "Bob" Chamberlain


1920 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Chamberlain, Robert Michael "Bob" 03/24/1920 ~ 10/14/2013 BONITA -- Robert (age 93) passed away peacefully, listening to classical music and surrounded by family, in his Bonita home. Born in Ohio, Bob arrived in San Diego at age 5, spending his youth in Coronado and the Hillcrest area. He graduated from San Diego High School (class of 1939) and enjoyed attending their annual reunions which he attended up until last year. Bob attended SDSU until shortly before WWII when he entered the Navy, attending flight school and spent the war years as a Navy pilot/flight instructor. He flew every type of aircraft during WWII. Family and friends were entertained by some of his more humorous stories. On Navy Day, October 27, 1944, he married, the love of his life, Thelma "Tommie" N. Hollingsworth. After the war, they attended SDSU until transferring to USC to obtain their degrees and complete Pharmacy School. Returning to San Diego they ran the family pharmacy (H&H Pharmacy) in National City. Later Bob worked in hospital pharmacy (Sharp Memorial Hospital and Bay General) from which he retired. After retiring, he was a relief pharmacist for many years and enjoyed some travel, reading, attending the Symphony, and his grandchildren. As alumni of both SDSU and USC, they looked forward to the college football and basketball seasons. After Thelma's passing in 2004, Bob's health declined, but he still enjoyed a life enriched with college sports and classical music. Bob was known as a font of knowledge who family and friends went to for information. Many preferred his research to "Google". He was predeceased by wife Thelma "Tommie", mother and father Alice and Samuel, and brothers Dennis and Donald. He is survived by his children, Julie Hanks, Dennis Chamberlain, Robyn Higginson, and granddaughters, Alisa Hanks, Kristen Higginson, and Carolyn Higginson. A special thanks to caregiver and friend, Carol Meyers, who cheerfully helped him cook the "Internet" recipes he found, and to Bob Bryan, family friend, who kept him busy with his e-mails and jokes. A special thank you to Tony Lieras who was always there to help. Also a special thanks to his Physician / Oncologist, Marin Xavier M.D., who was not only an outstanding physician who extended his life many years, but a truly compassionate human being. To her staff who were warm and caring Thank you for making his many visits something enjoyable. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. There will be no service, as per his request, except the honors ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego. The ceremony will be on November 26, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 17, 2013
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