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ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAMS July 23, 1929- June 10, 2014 Robert "Bob" Williams passed away on June 10, 2014 with his loving wife Pat at his side. Son of John and Irene Williams, Bob spent his youth in San Pedro graduating from San Pedro High School where, in 1946, he won the 220 yard freestyle swim for All-City of Los Angeles High School Competition. Bob loved Catalina Island returning often to enjoy its natural beauty. This love of the ocean and the outdoor lifestyle would follow him throughout his life. After high school, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army. Once discharged, he worked as an auto mechanic, was a member of the "Rod Riders" hot rod club and drove his "souped-up" cars in the Rosetta Timing Association at Salt Flats. In 1952 Bob became an Ocean Lifeguard with the City of Los Angeles, working the beaches in the summer and lifeguarding at the San Pedro Y.M.C.A. in winter. It was at the "Y" pool that Bob mentored several young men to take the beach tests. Many of these young men became ocean lifeguards and served the community for decades. Eventually, Bob had steady year-round schedules and worked at all the beaches and lakes in Los Angeles County while incorporating his love and passion for the ocean into his daily life and service to the community as a lifeguard. With continued hard work and dedication Bob earned the position of Deputy Director with the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the largest and finest lifeguard service in the world! For twenty years, Bob also operated the well-known "Aqua Divers" dive shop in Lomita. Bob developed the nation's first non-military underwater recovery team using S.C.U.B.A. Bob also loved horses. He pursued this passion by successfully competing with cutting horses to eventually become a cutting horse judge. During this part of his life, he proudly served as President of the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates where he spent much of his time embracing this uniquely western lifestyle. After retirement he and his wife, Pat, relocated to the hills above Temecula, California, to raise prize-winning horses on their beautiful ranch. Bob also spent many happy times in the Hawaiian Islands. He even thought of retiring in Hawaii, but his love of horses kept him in California. His son, Randy, hopes to fulfill that Hawaiian dream by moving to Hawaii with his wife, Susan, in the not-too-distant future. Bob is survived by his loving wife and companion, Pat Williams of Temecula; his son Randy (Susan) of San Pedro; his grandson Matthew; his brother Bud (Carol) of Salt Spring Island BC; his nephew Luke and niece Gretchen, both of San Pedro, and his niece Trina in Hawaii. Bob was a natural born leader. He excelled at everything he did and was well-liked by all. The world will miss this wonderful husband, devoted father, hero-of-a brother and loyal friend. There will be a celebration of Bob's life on Wednesday, July 23 at 10:00 AM at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to: Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (FCMA) 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, California 90731.

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 29, 2014
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