Robert Bordley, better known as Bob to his family and friends was a man of many professions: LAPD officer, secret service agent, educator, caretaker, bodyguard, and gun safety instructor. For those closest to him, we knew him as LA County's most prolific burner of mixed tape CDs. Every week he would make a new "Best of the 80s" or "Rock and Roll before the 2000s" CD. He loved to talk about Steely Dan, Tom Petty, or America's best rock band ever - The Eagles. He was so proficient with music that he won the Annual Tahoe Donner Karaoke competition-singing a rendition of "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You" that even Frankie Vallie would envy. The youngest of four, Bob grew up in the South Bay with three older brothers to look up to. Despite stints in San Rafael, Sacramento, and DC, Bob retains the title of 'True Local' as he never strayed far from Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo, and Hermosa beach, which he dubbed "God's Country".. In later years (relatively speaking as he died much too young), you could find him at Point Vicente, traveling the country on rafting trips, or just sipping a margarita at Redondo Beach to watch the sunset. On March 23, 2021, Bob's sun set. Bob is survived by his partner, Elizabeth; sons, Sean and Brian, brother, Bill, as well as 25 water bottles, 30 hats, 200 mixtapes, and enough buff to hide the Green Berets.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 27, 2021.