Lifetime resident of the South Bay, Robert Gene (Bob) Smith, passed away December 20, 2007. Born April 4, 1938 to Hazel and Robert Smith. He was a wonderful son to Hazel and later Charles Taylor. Bob was the great big brother to Claudette, Carole, Jimmie, Pat and Reni. He married Jeanette Rumsey in 1959 and fathered five sons, Bob, Jon, Donald, Mike and David. In 1976, he married his beloved Jeanne Myers and became father to Tom, Bill and Ken. Bob was happiest when he was with his family. He loved and always enjoyed all his 14 grandchildren plus 3 great grandchildren. His other lifelong love was his union family dedicating 45 years as an officer of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Viewing is at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance on Sunday, December 23rd at 12 p.m., services at 1 p.m., immediately followed by a reception.

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  1. I am very sorry Jeannie and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob was a great guy and made a difference in this world. He had a special gift of helping people. He will always be remembered.

  2. Bob will be remembered as a wonderful friend with a beautiful smile and a special sense of humor. We will all miss him terribly. My thoughts are with His Family.

  3. During this sad time, may memories bring you comfort and may you feel the certainty and peace of love’s enduring connection.

  4. Bob/PapPap will be greatly missed. He was one of the “good guys”: real, honest, hard-working, trustworthy, and dedicated to his family and friends. We love you, PapPap.

  5. To a great man which was an honor to call my Uncle. We shared several moments over the years but the best was when he taught me the true meaning of a whisky called Crown Royal. You’ll be missed and Christmas Eve will not be the same. Love Always, Greg

  6. Our deepest sympathy, prays and thoughts are with Jeanne and the entire Smith family. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We love you.

  7. I’m sorry I will not be able to attend the service for Bob Smith, my thoughts and prayers will be with you. My condolences to you and your family. Sue Baca (Red Hats)

  8. Jeanne, Louise and I are unable to be with you but know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Besides, Bob and W.C. are playing tonk. Love you much.

  9. Jeanne and Family, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. I hope your happy memories will be a help to you. With all my love, Astrid

  10. My love goes out to Jeanne and her family at this time of heartbreaking sorrow. I did not know Bob very well, but he took the time to answer questions about the problems I was having with my computer,last week. A very kind man.

  11. DAD/BOB will be missed and is in are hearts always love to jeanne/mom and family love son brother bill.

  12. We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief.

  13. Jeannie, We were so sorry to hear about Bob. He will truly be someone that will be dearly missed. PLEYGE!!! God Bless You and your Family.

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