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August 31, 1944 - May 10, 2015 Robert "Bob" Bulick passed away peacefully at his Monrovia, California home on May 10, 2015 at age 70 due to cardiopulmonary failure. Bob was born on August 31, 1944 in Pasadena, California to Lila (Herron) and Clyde Bulick. Bob was the second of three children. He adored his older sister, Rosie, and always had loving memories of her even though she passed tragically at the age of three. Youngest brother, Bill, or as Bob called him in his early years, "Baby", had his big brother looking out for him in little ways that made for valuable memories and stories throughout the years that followed. Lila was a homemaker, waitress, and proud wife and mother. She loved her boys dearly. Clyde was a postman and loving husband and father, who taught his boys the value of a dollar and hard work. Although it's safe to say that Bob resembled his mother a great deal, he undoubtedly inherited his bright smile from both his parents. The Bulick family lived in South San Gabriel, California, near their extended families. Bob shared many stories about all his neighbors, playing at Garvey Park, walking to the corner market and all his teenage adventures in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1950's and 1960's. The picture he painted of his shared memories could be likened to those of his favorite artist, Norman Rockwell. An All-American boy, Bob cherished his days of growing up with baseball, good friends and special cousins, hamburgers and chocolate shakes, and cruising. Young Bob attended Emerson and Garvey Schools, where he was one of a handful of "Roberts." This is when he began going by, "Bob." A friendly yet shy boy, he enjoyed going to school and having friends but would do anything to get out of oral reports. As Bob grew up, his passion for baseball grew with him. Although Bob had a small stature in school, he was a gifted athlete; he exceled at running, swimming, and his beloved baseball. He played varsity baseball for Mark Keppel High School, proudly representing his school, his community, and his favorite sport. Who would have thought that young Bob would continue growing late in his teenage years, surprising everyone by sprouting up to 6 feet tall after graduating high school! Bob attended East Los Angeles College, where he majored in Physical Education. He also worked many jobs at that time of his life; at the local recreation department, for a flower shop, Sears, and more. He later transferred to Pasadena City College, where he earned his AA. In 1968, Bob met Susan (Fraher) Bulick at a party with mutual friends and the two were married in July, 1969. The couple lived in Arcadia, California with their two children, Lisa and Scott. Sue and Bob divorced in 1981 but stayed the best of friends. Bob worked for Sparkletts during the early 1970's before deciding to enter the Rio Hondo Police Academy. After graduating from the Police Academy, he began his career in law enforcement in 1974 as a Los Angeles County Deputy Marshal. Bob was very active with the department, earning many life long friendships and playing for the softball team. He worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy Marshal until the department merged with Los Angeles County Sheriffs. Bob worked in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Van Nuys before his retirement in 1997 as a Supervisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Bob met fellow Deputy Marshal Leslie Taylor in 1985. They shared a love of sports and a great love for their daughter, Lynzi. Leslie and Bob remained close friends. In the late 1990's, Bob moved to San Francisco, California, where he married Jeanne Fortier. He spent time traveling, golfing, and working at a travel agency and accounting office. After their divorce in 2001, Bob returned to Southern California and bought a home near family and friends in Monrovia. Between 2001 and 2013, Bob earned another title; "Bearpa" to seven grandchildren. In keeping with his unique personality, he chose to be called "Bearpa" instead of the standard, "Grandpa." This inspired his collection of all things bear. His grandchildren have inherited his signature chin dent as well as many stories to share together for a long time to come. Bob will be remembered by all for his witty sense of humor, his knowledge of history, his brilliant memory, his gift for sharing his stories and dreams, his extreme passion for USC football and the Chicago Cubs, his favorite musicians-Elvis and Alabama, his chocolaty sweet tooth, and his sparkly smile. Most notably, Bob will be remembered as a best friend to many; honest, thoughtful, loyal, and fun. And as a loving and cautious dad and Bearpa to his children and grandchildren, always eager to get a smile with his Donald Duck voice and special nicknames. He wore his big heart on his sleeve, surely letting everyone know exactly where he stood. His heart will forever endure through all who love him. Bob is survived by his brother, Bill Bulick of Lancaster, California, his three children; daughter Lisa (Pooka-hontas) and son-in-law Clint Ludecke of Monrovia, California, son Scott (Scotty) and daughter-in-law Shannon of La Verne, California, and daughter Lynzi (Moonie) and son-in-law Jimmy of Buena Park, California and his seven grandchildren, Kate (13, Katie/Kattywompus), Ryan (12, Rhino), William (11, Bo), Kennedy (9, President #1), Madison (6, President #2), Caleb (3, CJ), and Jaxen (1, President #3). We invite family and friends to celebrate Bob's wonderful life with us on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 1:00 in the afternoon at his home. Please contact Lisa Ludecke for more information. [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 23 to May 24, 2015
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