The day the music died
Robert Gerard Bordley, known as Bob to his family and friends, was a man of many professions: an LAPD officer, a secret service agent, an educator, a caretaker, a bodyguard, and a gun safety instructor. However, those closest to him all knew him as LA County's most prolific burner of mixtape CDs. Every week he would curate the "Best of the 80s" or "Rock and Roll before the 2000s". He loved nothing more than to talk about Steely Dan, Tom Petty, or America's best rock band ever - The Eagles. He even won the Annual Tahoe Donner Karaoke competition with an improved rendition of "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You" that even Frankie Vallie would envy.
The youngest child 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". Throughout his life he made friends easily, was quick to hear new perspectives, and always extended a helping hand to those in need.
In recent years, you could find him enjoying the view at Point Vicente, traveling the country on rafting trips, or maybe just sipping a margarita at Redondo Beach, watching the sunset. On March 23rd, 2021, Bob's sun set.
Those who knew him will shed tears and share memories. Those who didn't know him might still notice less laughter and joy in the world. Bob is survived by his partner Elizabeth, his sons Sean and Brian, his 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. 26, 2021.