Robert
Robert W. Dees, Junior (1948-2011) Rob Dees of San Pedro, California, passed away November 3, 2011 at his mother's house in Torrance from complications of colon cancer. Rob was born in Greenville, Alabama in 1948. He was two months premature and spent eight weeks as the first occupant of the hospital's new incubator. His father's Air Force career took the family to Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Montgomery, and then to the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance in 1956. Rob graduated from South High School in 1966 and Troy State University in Troy, Alabama in 1974. He worked in radio ad sales, at the Torrance Men's Shop, the City of Torrance and the State Employment Development Department, and as a legal documents processor. But mostly he lived life. Rob's lifelong interests included surf and car culture and music--especially live music. He was a regular at Redondo Beach's Sweetwater nightclub and the beach at Sacred Cove in the 70s and 80s. He had a large collection of surf memorabilia and vinyl records. He was a talented artist and as a kid would decorate his possessions with stylized drawings. He was perplexed years later to realize that this practice had destroyed the EBay value of many of his treasures. He was particularly fond of the three Opel automobiles he owned over the years--a yellow station wagon, a red GT and a dark blue 1900. He managed to transition from a hippie worldview to right wing politics as he aged, eclipsing even his father's conservatism. He had a dry wit and a huge vocabulary, was a voracious reader of history, and wrote many letters to the editor under the pseudonym Thomas Paine. He could turn the answer to a yes or no question into a 20 minute story, studded with original turns of phrase, delivered in the Southern drawl he cultivated while in college. He described himself in his last months as looking like a size medium elephant in an XXL elephant suit. In June, dozens of his friends from around the world joined him at a party thrown in his honor by good friends Mike Cekalovich and Debbie Klett. He had the opportunity to visit with people he hadn't seen in years. And in September, he celebrated his birthday at Terranea, again surrounded by his friends. Rob is survived by his mother Edith and sister Edie of Redondo Beach. He was predeceased by his father, Lt. Col. (retired) Robert W. Dees. The family wishes to thank sincerely Rob's many faithful and devoted friends who called, visited, entertained, transported and fed him during his illness. Thanks also to his hospice nurse Eileen Miller and his mother's caregivers April and Sonia, who bestowed many kind favors on our curmudgeon. We love you, Rob. You were one of a kind and have left a huge hole in our hearts.

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  1. I want to express my sincere condolences to Edie and Edith. Thank you for the phone call. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, as is Rob. I loved his friendship. It is hard to imagine not being able to hear his stories anymore. In one of our recent conversations, he told me that he knew life was just a step along the way of a greater path, and he was comforted by the presence of something angelic. That testimony was priceless. I will always hold him in my heart. Again, my sincere condolences. If you need anything, please call upon me. Robin 10 Hickory Forest Tuscaloosa, Ala 35401

  2. Goodbye Old Friend! You will never be forgotten. Your party brought so many old friends together. 🙂 Now you can rest in peace ! Love ya Allen and Carol

  3. We just want to say how much Rob ment to us, I have known Rob from 1974 from Sacred cove, and we always loved seeing rob at the sacred partys and at the clubs , We will truly miss Rob, But we will keep him in our hearts and we will remember him the rest of our life. Stan and Marleen Morrill Peace to you Rob and to you dear Mother and Sister Our love to you both.

  4. The Passing of a loved one is always a difficult time for everyone, friends and family alike. Robb was like both to me family in the form of a brother from a different mother and a good friend of 34 years so regardless what I write here it will fall short at least to my own ears as to what his friendship meant to me. When I learned of his passing I brought my Ducati motorcycle to life and rode all night into the early quite dawn thinking of all our adventures the names, people and places over the years and each and everyone was as ULTRABITCHEN as the next. Robb was a true renaissance man and lived Life by his terms even up to the end, He always did it all with the style and grace of a Southern Gentleman. My Heavy Heart goes out to Mrs. Edith Dees and His sister Edie aka #2 (that is whole other story) not only for their loss but their patience, wisdom and tireless effort and love to all. Thanks to Eileen Miller and caregivers April and Sonia for service and commitment beyond any hope of earthly rewards. The Road Goes On Forever And The Party Never Ends… Via Con Dios Amigo~

  5. Sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I hadn’t seen him since 5th or 6th grade in Camp Hill. I bought a used pair of sneakers from him — he was pretty cool being a Calif guy. Tom Kugle and I and Rob would hang together quite a bit. Condolences 🙁

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