Robert Gerard Bordley
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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.
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April 5, 2021
Bob is a great guy. He always had a kind word of encouragement for me. We became friends when Bob and Elizabeth joined my spin class in Redondo Beach. I enjoyed hearing his stories about working for the secret service agent and his family. I will miss you Bob. Thank you for always reaching out to me.
Your friend,
Tad Carter
March 31, 2021
I knew him and his funny comments at lunch time in the HMS lounge. He will missed!! My condolences to the family and especially my friend Liz Macleod. I am so sorry for your loss my friend.
Kelly Carlson
March 30, 2021
So sad to hear about the passing of Bob. I met Bob several years ago at Hey 19. He was a very happy go lucky man, always friendly and kind. We shared the same passion for firearms and firearms training. I will miss our long conversations about guns, police work, tactical training, and family. Rest in peace Bob, you were a good man and will be missed. Thank you for your service.

Rich Gabaldon
Rich Gabaldon
March 29, 2021
Bo Bo, thank you for the fun memories of times spent in Running Springs! You were always such a “wild child” and lived your life to the fullest. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Rest In Paradise, Cuz
Jim, Debbie & Casey
March 29, 2021
Bob and I are cousins cut from a similar mold. As a youngster I remember Bob as a happy energetic kid. As a man , I recall his love for his two sons as the concrete that kept his world turning. God speed Bob
Brian Moulton
March 28, 2021
B.M.H.S. class of 1983 forever.
Andre Taylor
March 28, 2021
Dear Liz,

My deepest condolences. May God bless you during this trying time and may Bob's memory be eternal.

Love and Prayers,

Maria Dedes
Maria Dedes
March 28, 2021
Bob was a great friend!! Every time I see a JR lifeguard do a buoy swim at knob Hill I’ll think of Bob. Every time I see the sun sparkle off the water in the late afternoon in the summer at Knob Hill I’ll think of Bob. I was lucky to have called Bob a friend and to be apart of his life.
Thoughts and prayers to Liz and the family,
Roger Walters
March 28, 2021
We will miss you Bob. Thoughts and prayers to you Liz and the family. ❤
Nira Turquand
March 27, 2021
Bob was probably one of the funniest and most interesting friends I have had the pleasure of knowing. Our family met Bob when he went to Rancho Vista Elementary school and was placed next to my brother. He became a familiar face throughout the years and more like a brother. He was always armed with the latest jokes, and had the most outrageous stories about anything and everything. I adored his taste in music, and loved when I would see him bring over his tape player and insert a cassette, and bring smiles to all. Never a dull moment with Bob. The love of his life, Elizabeth, was the perfect partner and witness to his adventurous life. He loved his family, being a republican, and creating his famous sangrias to share. I will miss him greatly. Here’s to you Bob!!!
Stacey Branger
March 27, 2021
Bill and Elizabeth, sending you big hugs and lots of prayers.
Bobby was taken way too young. God has his must be very important.
I am pretty sure Bobby was the youngest of us cousins. And boy was he spoiled by all!
We now have another angel to watch over us.
Rest In Peace cousin.....
Gary , Cheryl, Troy, Chad & Dawn
Cheryl Reist
March 27, 2021
Robert was just the nicest person you’d ever want to meet, we’ve been friends about 8 years. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Robert will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless.
Bill Bishop
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