Sullivan, Robert Francis, "Bob", a 65 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2008, in Hawthorne, CA. Born in Pasadena, CA, on March 24, 1919; Bob was 89 when he died. Bob served in the Navy during World War II. After serving our country, he worked for Douglas Aircraft installing computers in airplanes in the 1960s. He retired as manager for the City of Hawthorne airport. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hawthorne. Bob and Clara, his wife, dedicated 20 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. Bob loved cultivating fruit trees in his backyard and could be found fixing the swing when his grandchildren came over. He is survived by his wife of 65+ years, Clara; son, Michael (Maria) Sullivan; daughter, Gail Mitsch; son, Bart Sullivan; son, Leo Sullivan; son, Daniel (Lisa) Sullivan; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Grace Sullivan; son, Robert Sullivan; and daughter, Teresa Stubbs.

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  1. We will miss Grandpa and are grateful for his life in so many ways. We will always remember him for his example of faith and commitment to God, his strong work ethic and most of all as a devoted and caring husband to Grandma. We are blessed to have had him as a grandfather.

  2. Dear Clara, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I used to live in your Mom’s house on Eighth Street, I am a close friend of Shirley’s and I remember my mother speaking fondly of your friendship. She would have wanted me to send my condolences. Sincerely, Marilyn Johnson (Virgina Thomsen Everitt’s daughter)

  3. We wish we could be present to give love and hugs to you all. We send you our thoughts and prayers and will miss great uncle Bob greatly. All Our Best, Stephanie Ethan & Ashley Izzarelli

  4. Dear Clare and family, My condolences to all of you during this difficult time and my prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Louene

  5. My thoughts are with you all. I will always remember “Mr. Sullivan” as a quiet, patient and gentle soul who gave himself fully to helping make us better Scouts and better people. Mike Morales

  6. We are very sad to hear that Bob has passed away. I worked for Bob for many years in the City of Hawthorne — He was my boss in building maintenance. I know I can say for all of the guys who worked for Bob that he was a great boss, a good friend and he will be missed by all of his old crew.

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