Robert E. Stamp, a 62 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Born in Florence, KS, Robert was 82 when he died. Robert had served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Gardiners Bay during the Korean conflict. Robert was a member of First Christian Church of Torrance and retired from Northrop Grumman where he was a Manufacturing Engineer manager. Robert's passions included doting over the love of his life Bonnie, spending time with family, growing tomatoes, walking his puppy Daisy, and keeping in constant communication with past shipmates. Robert is survived by wife of 62 years, Bonnie Stamp of Torrance, CA; daughters, Pamela Lombardoz of Valencia, CA, Debra Stocker of Visalia, CA, Janice Johnson of Harbor City, CA, and Cheryl Brooks of Fullerton, CA; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Alice and Alta; brother Larry; extended family members and Daisy. He was preceded in death by parents, John and Susan Stamp; sister, Laura Robinson; and brothers, William M. and John A. Stamp. The Service will be held at First Christian Church in Torrance , 2930 El Dorado Street, August 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

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  1. Robert, You were and will always be the love of my life. Its difficult to imagine my life without you. You were a fantastic husband, father and grandfather. Rest in peace my darling.

  2. Dad, There are no words to describe the love I have for you. You will always be the most amazing father the world has ever known. I am grateful for the your unconditional love. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I am so proud to have followed in your gentle footsteps. I will keep the flag raised for you in your memory and will never break the promise I made to take care of Mom the way you did. Always and forever your devoted daughter. Janice

  3. Bonnie and Family: What a shock to receive the news from Bennie of Bob’s death. Our love and sympathy go to you and your family at this difficult time. The Gardiners Bay reunions will be the glue that made friends all over the country.

  4. Papa, I know I thanked you by your bedside but I will forever continually thank you for accepting me and making me feel like a part of this family. In the past 5 years you have shown me love that my own grandparents gave me and shown your concerns and love in more than just words. You will forever be the amazing man I met and fell in love with. I am so happy to know you are by Gods side. Love you Papa! xo

  5. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was surely a fine sailor and and a great friend. Our sympathy goes out to his family. God bless.

  6. I don’t know what to say about the most amazing man I have ever known. There are no words to describe how loving, caring and gentle you were. You will forever be in my heart and in the hearts of everyone who knew you.

  7. I am Shipmate, Morris Adams, step-daughter. My sisters and I met Bonnie and Bob at the GB reunion in South Carolina. Our mother attended with Pap until her passing. We had heard wonderful things about Bob and Bonnie, and the other shipmates. I have kept in touch with Pam over the year. My thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie and the family. Love, Carol

  8. Just wanted to let you all know all of us here in kansas are thinking about you guys in california. Im so sorry, and happy for uncle bob at the same time. He is healed and in heaven watching over us and protecting us. Love to you all. Heidi Moore

  9. Papa, as much as I wish you were still here living on this earth, I am happy that you are peacefully resting in heaven. I will never forget all of the memories made between us in these past 19 years. I will never forget what a goofball you were, your laugh, nor how much you loved this family. Papa, you set the highest standards for me of how a man should really treat a woman. I pray that one day I will marry a man half as wonderful as you. Papa I love you and miss you more than ever thought possible. It is so uplifting to know that you will forever be looking down on me, guiding me in every step I make. See you later Papa <3 Love, -- Your youngest granddaughter, Tara

  10. Thank you Cheryl for sharing your Papa even till the END of his time here. We shall celebrate one day in Heaven with all our loved ones ! He was truly an amazing person with a lot of love and energy to share ! I was so Blessed to hear him sing the Lord’s Prayer and hear his love story for his wife ! I miss him too cheryl however papa is in Heaven looking down at you everyday smiling thinking of you !

  11. To Bonnie and family…My heart goes out to all. Bob was a fine person. The world was a better place because of him.

  12. It is difficult to express our sadness in the loss of Bob. We had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know Bob and Bonnie in the past few years with the ship reunions. Bob’s daily calls of concern and support during my dad’s illness were so much appreciated. We will miss him.

  13. All though we never got to meet in person~ we knew that Bob and Bonnie were special people. Their caring and concern for many months showed in daily phone conversations regarding our Dad’s own health and Mother’s well being. Friendships like that are built with mutual respect and admiration, shared by unique life’s experiences. Bob will always be fondly remembered and Bonnie too is in our hearts and prayers.

  14. Papa, I am still having a tough time believing that you’re are gone, but I know you are in heaven looking down upon the great family that you created! You were and always will be such an amazing man, father, and especially a grandfather! I will think about you everyday of my life until the day I get to see you again!! Im gonna miss our $1 bets that we had every year on the usc-ucla football games, that I usually won and you would pay me in pennies! Seriously though papa I will never forget your kind heart, your jokes, and most of all your smile!! Thank you for being a part of my life for as long as you were! I love you! Rest in Paradise big guy! Love you buddy, Matthew (oldest grandson)

  15. Always taken for granted were your smiles and jokes,fine cooking and pies,and good nature and poise. A man well loved and the center of it all, you will be truely missed! The family’s grief over losing you is so intense. We all loved you so much. You were a good man,rest in peace and eternal life!

  16. Dear Dad… i can’t find a single word that comes close to what a great dad you were.. growing up, you worked 2 jobs, we took summer vacations to Kansas every year, road trips, you saved so we could all go to Disneyland every June for Jans Birthday..our Camping trips, those were the best, i love camping with you dad..our trips to Farmers market, to the 99cent store, pic n save Dad when i was a little girl, you taught me how to swin, and to dive, you were a great diver Dad. Dad, i was honored to be by your bed side as i personnaly watched you transition into Eternal Life..Thanking you for everything, does not seem like near enough.. I miss you dad.. you “little One” Cheryl… pS Dad, thank you for never ever not one time, did you judge me, but forgave me.FOR THAT I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU..i believe Dad, i WILL see you again.. <3

  17. Bob Stamp was a caring friend. His love of his family and his country was the driving force in everything he did. The Navy introduced me to Bob in 1951-1952. I will be forever grateful for that friendship. Our love to Bonnie and the family. Benny & Merry Kirkendoll

  18. Sending my warmest thoughts and biggest hugs to Bob’s loved ones at this time. I have wonderful memories growing up as part of the 235th Place family, Bob’s big smile and quick laugh was a major part…

  19. I am so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a lovely neighbor and friend. Dazzie and I would often meet up with Bob and Daisy on one of our daily walks and we’d all walk together for a bit. He loved to talk about Bonnie and his family and the many special celebrations both with his family and his shipmates. He had many joys in life and shared such a positive warmth, kindness and generosity. He always carried dog treats which Dazzie loved and so I nicknamed him the “Candy Man.” Dazzie still pulls me toward the house; she will miss her Candy Man. We will all miss him. Hugs to Bonnie and the family.

  20. Papa, there are no words to describe how honored and grateful I am to have had you as a pert of my life. Through you I have seen true love and you have taught me what a real man is. You showed me love right away and welcomed me into the family with open arms. You loved me like your own and I will always cherish that. I will always miss you but know your still with me as you will always be in my heart. Rest peacefully Papa and make that paradise in the sky for grandma, for whenever her time comes. Love you forever and always.


  22. Papa, You were the most amazing man I have ever known. You were always kind, patient, loving and gentle. Your love for Grandma and your entire family knew no bounds. My heart is so heavy and I am so sad that you are no longer with us. My earliest memories are with you. I remember going to your house and sitting on your lap as you read me Little Golden Books. You always had them under the end table. My favorite one that you read to me was The Little Red Hen. Maybe that is where I get my love of reading :)You will always and forever be in my heart and in my memory. I love you Papa to the moon and back and I miss you everyday. Thank you for being the best Papa and showing us what unconditional love is.

  23. There are not enough words to try and explain how much Bob meant to us. He was not only a wonderful neighbor, but a close family friend. We have so many memories of Bob coming over and giving us a grocey bag full of tomatoes from his yard. Bob was our neighborhood watchmen; he was the protector of the block. Everyday we would see him walking Daisy and coming over just to talk and say hello. Bob will be truly missed, but he will never be forgotten. He is a hero to our country and a hero of our street. He is now our guardian angel. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Stamp family. You will all be in our hearts and prayers. Love, The Nacca’s

  24. Dad, Your services are over. I hope you’re proud. You will be forever be in my heart and will be missed all the days of my life. I miss you. I just wish I knew how to go on without your physical presence in my life everyday. I guess it will take time. Dad, you worked so hard at making our family as strong as it is. I will do everything I can to follow in your footsteps and make you proud. Our family could easily fall apart because of our tragic loss but because of the love you have shown us it won’t happen. I won’t let it. That is my promise to you. I love you, Pam

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