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Robert Francis Commagère


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Robert Francis Commagère Obituary
August 13, 1944 - August 22, 2017 Robert "Robin" Francis Commagère, 73, left this world on August 22, 2017, after a sixteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. Born August 13, 1944, in Encino, CA, Robin was the only child of Maridel Francis of Spokane, WA, and Robert Anthony Commagère of New Orleans, LA. In 1958 the family moved to Laguna Beach, CA, where he graduated from Laguna Beach High School. He then attended Orange Coast College and graduated from USC Film School. A gifted amateur pianist, he launched the classical label Genesis Records Inc. in 1969. He gave life to neglected 19th-century composers, recording an impressive array of piano, solo, chamber and concerto works, many of them premiere recordings which placed Genesis Records in the forefront of the 1970s romantic revival. Robin is survived by his wife, Ramira, their children Kerstin, Anton, Carla, Juliette and Robert, their spouses/significant others Hans Hagen, Joachim Cooder and Sasha Spielberg, and their grandchildren Hana and Lyric Hagen, Paloma Cooder, and another grandson on the way. He passes on to his family his love for music and his passion for photography. He was laid to rest in Corona Del Mar at Pacific View Memorial Park on August 27.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 4, 2017
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