Robert Alan Pattishall Sr. Robert Pattishall, 70, died in his home in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 after a seven-year long battle with cancer. Bob was born and raised in Washington DC and Maryland. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering. He had a successful career in both the government and private industry, earning numerous awards and recognition. His love of country is only outweighed by his love for his family. Bob will be missed by many. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years Marti Pattishall, son Robert A. Pattishall, Jr, his wife Karen and their daughters Selena, Lilah and Talia of Redondo Beach and son Michael J. Pattishall, his wife Dina and their daughters Isabella and Madelyn also of Redondo Beach. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday September 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Lighthouse Memorials and Receptions - McMillan Center in Gardena, CA.

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  1. Dear Marti & Family,
    Bob has been an great influence in my life, professionally and personally. I first met Bob in 1990 and have been blessed with working closely with him on and off over the decades. I will always admire his love of family and ability to balance his commitments to our nation and his family. I loved his explanation one morning that he just decided he and his sons were going to see the Stones in London. RAP had a very positive impact on the world and my life that will endure forever. You and Bob are in our prayers, God bless

  2. I first met Bob in the late 1980s when I was assigned to his program office. He was a true professional with a strong work ethic.I worked for him until my retirement in late 1995 at which time he presided over mu retirement ceremony. His door was always open to anyone wanting his personal attention. I hope he enjoyed reirement life. You and your family will be in our prayers.
    Wayne Lauderback

  3. Aunt Ruth Robertson, and Tom Robertson and Family in Maryland.
    The family sends our deepest sympathy, Bobby was like a little brother to my mother Ruth, as she was 12 when Bobby was born into the family. Ive had a lifetime hearing stories about my cousin Bobby, either from my Grandmother or my mother, he was that relative that was always looked up to, revered for his accomplishments. I personally remember spending time at the Darnestown home with my Grandma a whole week of riding bikes, playing games with my cousins Robert and Michael, I had a great time. Life takes people in many directions but I always remember that time with my cousins. as my family reminisces, we send our condolences, as Bobby is reunited with his parents and his Grandma, who loved him dearly. Sincerely,
    Joe Robertson
    419 Beaglin Park drive
    Salisbury, Md 21804

  4. My mother, Ruth Pattishall Robertson and grandmother Helen
    G. Pattishall always had great stories to tell of Bobby and his achievements. I was told that my middle name is after Bobby\’s. I have memories of Bobby and Marti at various times at my Grandmother\’s house growing up. I remember much laughter was always a part of our family get together\’s. I am sending my sincere condolences to Marti, Robert, Michael and their families.


    Thomas R. Robertson
    922 S. Clinton St
    Baltimore, MD 21224

  5. Dear Marti and Family
    I was so very sorry to hear that Bob had passed away. He was not only a great boss but also a great friend who helped me through a very tough time in my life. Rest in Peace Bob

    Pam Kettinger (Rookwood)

  6. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We first met and worked together in 1987. I too am living with prostate cancer. Rest in peace Bob.

  7. I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing so young. I worked for him in both government and at NGC. Quite a wonderful guy and a leader. It was a pleasure to work for him. Rest in peace Bob.

  8. I was filled with great sadness upon learning of the passing of my friend Robert Pattishall. Bob was a very capable engineer and mentor to many who deservedly rose through the ranks to eventually Director of one of the most successful programs in the US National Security Arsenal. At each and every stop, Bob was an inspiration to the many Governmental and Contractor employees through his exemplary work ethic, technical competence, innovative mind, and compassionate leadership style.
    Bob’s technical skills were exceeded only by his dedication to family life. Due to my retirement and multiple relocations, I lost contact With Bob and his family, not knowing they had all relocated to California. I was very heartened by the pictures posted here which showed Bob and his beautiful family happily living and loving in many fun settings. Despite the difficult and cruel physical challenges which befell Bob during the final years of his life, it is readily apparent that it was an accomplished life – well lived I am happy for that, for he certainly deserved it – and more !

  9. Dear Marti and family,
    I knew Bob while in government and worked for and with him after he left the government at Veridian, GD, and then TASC. Like many others who have known RAP personally and professionally, he was both a mentor and a friend, for whom I had a tremendous amount of respect. I really treasured working with him again, at the last place that we both worked together. Whenever we met on a project that we were both working, at some point in the meeting we would start talking about family. In addition to politics, he talked alot about his granddaughters, and how he loved spending time with them. Everyone that knew RAP also knew of his affinity for the Rolling Stones, and I recall calling him one evening when I had won a guitar signed by the band. He would try to convince me that I should give it to him, since he was more a fan of the band than I was. I will miss him tremendously. I am so sorry to know that he was so ill. He never let on at work, or on the last phone that I had with him this year. all of us who knew and worked with Bob will miss him and his dry wit greatly. My sincerest condolences and sympathies for your loss, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Monica Chavez

  10. Bob was undoubtedly the best boss I ever worked for €“ and a special friend. He was such a pleasure to be with €“ so personable, kind, witty, and charismatic. He was THE commanding presence wherever he was. Bob was an excellent aerospace engineer who had spurts of pure genius. But what was best about Bob was his humanity and his wit €“ after a drink or two, Bob was a stand-up comic. He could have made a good living at humor. It€™s wonderful that he had such a special family – my best wishes to all of them. Bob will always be in my memory €“ Jim LeTellier (Sarasota, FL)

  11. Dear Marti and family,
    Having lost my dear John in May of this year, I understand your loss. John, too, like Bob fought cancer. Even though it ravished his body, it did not take his spirit.
    I loved the video especially the picture of Bob with Lenny Kidwell. It must have been from jr. high school. Bob had a spirit of joy and fun that always surrounded his that made you want to be around him. That was also evident in the video. A dad of two sons, he was the perfect grandpa to five granddaughters. Our classmates will surely miss him as will you and your family. May God continue to bless you all. Margritt

  12. Dear Marti and Family,

    I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I was happy to see him again at our 50th class reunion. It was great to catch up and see his smiling face again. Always so happy and upbeat, it was a pleasure to know him. May many fond memories keep him close in your heart. My deepest sympathies to you and your wonderful family.

    Patsy King Koenig – Gettysburg, PA

  13. I adored Bob. He was my big brother and I am the only sister Bob had. He is practically the first thing I saw, always asking my mom how I was and of course he got to hold me. He gave me my first swing ride, resulting in my sprained ankle. He taught me to jump up and down on the bed. On my visits, we slept together until I was four. How I hated it when Bob found the Cub Scouts, because that limited many games of Parchisi, pick-up-sticks, and cards we played together. Bob was like a scientist right away. I remember he had turtles and they lived a long time with Bob in a dish with a plastic palm tree.
    Bob, me, and our brother, Jay, went out trick-or treating. I think they pushed me in the mud so they could take me home and go out alone. (Don€™t worry, I was only three.) I got to wear thick socks of Bob€™s and sleep on the top bunk in our Uncle Donald€™s room that night. I cried, but Bob brought me home lots of candy he wanted me to see. He was such aa darling little boy. Bob could not wait to show me the train set he got. He gave everyone demonstrations. When we got older, Bob went out to play ball games. When I tried to follow him, I was told to turn back and go back home, so I always waited for Bob by a tree in front of the apartments.
    When Bob got his driver€™s license, I was 11. Then we went together to see our father every single Sunday until John passed away when I was 14.
    Bobby and Jay and their dates took a friend and I to see the Ice Capades.
    When Bob got married I cried at the wedding so hard and couldn€™t stop, I was so afraid I€™d ruined the wedding and Marti wouldn€™t like me. I was sure she made up when I began to really date and I visited them with my boyfriend.
    Through the years, Bob would spot me extra cash. I paid him back once, only to borrow it again a few years later. I still owe Bob $500.00.
    I miss him and there€™s an emptiness in myself where I knew Bob. I feel so alone too. I discussed coming out there with him by email. He sent me pictures of his beautiful granddaughters. I asked Bob€™s advice about the book I am writing and I sent him a rough draft of a chapter.
    I did not make it to California and I feel so bad. Bob was one special person and I was looking forward to seeing him again and meeting his everyone. I am going to miss him.

    Susan E. Pattishall
    Crisfield, MD

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