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Robert “Bob” Bridges

Robert “Bob” Bridges had many roles in his lifetime. Being a husband and father was the consummate purpose in his life, so it’s fitting that he was surrounded by his wife Debby, son Eric, and daughter Sarah, as he passed to the other side with light and love on March 26, 2023.

Bob, or Bobby to his family, was born and raised in Chester, CA, on December 16, 1953, to Robert and Della Bridges. He attended the local public schools before joining the Army at age 17 where he was a helicopter mechanic. After completing his duty, Bob worked a variety of jobs including as an ambulance driver and at the lumber mill before starting in maintenance at the Greenville hospital where a particular nursing assistant caught his attention. That chance meeting would lead to forty-five years with his best friend Debby, which included forty years of marriage and two children whom he could not have been prouder of.

Bob later graduated from DeVry Institute, worked for Ford Aerospace and Loral, and then retired after working as an IT manager at Globalstar, concluding a 30-year career. In addition to being a devoted family man, he was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed weekend travel with Debby, working in his daughter’s backyard, and taking road trips to Southern California to see his son.

After retirement, Bob and Debby moved to Valencia, Spain, for one year, welcoming an influx of guests. Always the perpetual hosts to those who made the trek to see them, they befriended many individuals in their travels Bob had a joie de vivre reflected in the sparkle in his eye and easy smile to those around him. In recent years, they traveled to several states in their dream RV with their dog, Jack, who was always by his side.

Throughout his life, Bob consistently found ways to help others, whether by befriending those in need or placing notes on cars to warn the owners of upcoming street sweeping days. On his daily walks, Bob would befriend neighbors and animals alike, always taking the opportunity to strike up a kind conversation with a stranger. He loved helping with his MacGyver-like home repairs and taking in the warm summer nights with simple backyard moments. He enjoyed life, and it was reflected in how he lived.

The kindness that he showed others, his sense of humor, and his easy demeanor impacted those around him. He was deeply loved and will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. Bob is survived by his wife Debby, his daughter Sarah of Antioch, CA, his son Eric of San Gabriel, CA, and his sisters Connie Parsons, Chico, and Karyn Merriman, Chester.

A celebration of life will be planned for Bob at a later date. Until then, remember to love those around you and find those moments that bring forth your own sparkle in the little moments.

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