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Robert Leo McMenomy


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Robert Leo McMenomy Obituary
November 5, 1926 - June 14, 2016 Bob McMenomy passed away peacefully June 14, 2016, in his home in Laguna Beach with his wife, Genevieve and his only child, Ann at his bedside. He had been in bed for eight years after a stroke and old leg and back wounds resulting from a severe auto accident in 1944 when he was hospitalized for two years. After his recovery, Bob was able to walk due to a special leg brace he and his father designed. His father was a graduate of the first chiropractic school in Los Angeles. Standing out in his elementary school class with natural drawing skills, a strong ability to express his creativity freely and his love and respect for the creative process throughout his whole life, Bob was an artist from day one. He graduated with an associate of arts degree from Long Beach City College and later a master's degree in design and ceramics from UCLA in 1952. Bob was a talented and much loved teacher at East L.A. Community College for a few years and then moved to Long Beach City College in the art department, teaching ceramics until he retired in 1989. Being an avid sailor in his youth, he and his wife Genevieve bought a Grand Banks trawler yacht and enjoyed three happy years going back and forth to Catalina Island with friends and family aboard. From 1952 to 1972, during summer months, summer holidays, and many weekends, he assisted his family managing the Crystal Cove beach resort where they held the master lease with the Irvine Company. In November of 1957 Bob married Genevieve Cote and they moved to Laguna Beach in 1970. Upon arriving in Laguna, he became active in Village Laguna, board of education politics and later Friendship Shelter. Despite the difficult things that he had been through, Bob had a very quick wit, a great sense of humor that always made people laugh and a strength that many people admired very much. Bob's ashes will be scattered at sea on a Neptune Society boat with immediate family and friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2016
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