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COLE, Robert Lloyd Bob
COLE, Robert Lloyd 'Bob' Age 90, longtime resident of Lancaster, Calif., passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 in Santa Monica, Calif. Bob was born in Helena, Montana to the late Harold L. Cole and Myrtle Cole (McCreanor). During the Great Depression, Bob's father Harold and a buddy hitch-hiked to California to find work. They lucked out and found jobs as electricians in the construction of the Mission Bay amusement park in San Diego. In 1926, Bob, his mother and sister took the train from Montana to San Diego to start their new lives. Bob attended Herbert Hoover High School, Class of 1942. He briefly left San Diego with his mother in December of 1940 for Helena, Montana. He attended Helena High School until June 1941 and returned to San Diego after his mother passed. Bob served in the US Navy as an Electrician's Mate Third Class from 1942 until his Honorable Discharge in 1946, first on the USS Pastores and later in the Navy V-12 Unit at Occidental College and NROTC at UCLA. Bob was 16 years old when he first met his future wife, Frances (Walsh) in San Diego. She was 14 years old. Nine years later in 1949, they drove to Las Vegas and married. As newlyweds, they lived in Los Angeles, where their daughter Laura Cole was born in 1956. Their second daughter, Susan Cole (Cassling) was born in 1960. Bob's first job was with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1947 in Los Angeles. His first assignment was in the Engineering and Service Department preparing calculations, studies and reports. In 1949 the office was moved to St. Paul Avenue and Bob was assigned to the field service operations. He worked in the field providing services to industrial and electrical utility customers. In 1952 he was reassigned to the engineering department as a Control Application Engineer. In 1956, Bob transferred to the San Diego office where he worked as the Engineering and Service Representative. Six years later, he transferred to a subsidiary company, Bryant Electric Company in Los Angeles as a sales engineer. In 1963, Westinghouse transferred Bob to the San Francisco office on Bush Street where he was the regional representative in the 11 western states for the Distribution Apparatus Division until 1965. In 1965 Bob retired from Westinghouse and moved the family from San Francisco to Lancaster, California to work for his father Harold Cole at Triangle Electric Company. After one year, Bob returned to the corporate world and went to work for the Bechtel Power Corporation (BPC) in Vernon as an Electrical Engineer. During his 20 year career at Bechtel, Bob worked as the Senior Project Electrical Engineer for the Water Province Department located in Orange. In the years 1968-1984, he worked on various (BPC) projects - A New Zealand coal fired power plant, a Carnation Co. food processing plant, Edison Company oil fired power plant, a Salt River Power Co. coal fired power plant, a Tucson Gas and Electric Company coal fired power plant and an Arizona Public Service Company nuclear powered plant. During the years he advanced from Electrical Engineer to Project Engineer to Project Manager. In 1970, Bob became a Registered Professional Engineer (CA). An early retirement in 1984 gave Bob time to play golf and to travel with Frances, seeing the USA and other parts of the world. He enjoyed the theater, concerts and mastering the 'World Wide Web'. In October 2014, Bob decided it was time to sell his Lancaster home of 50 years. He packed up his belongings and his beloved cat Archie and moved to be near his daughter Susan and her family. He spent the remaining months living by the ocean. 'Had I known how great living here was, I would have moved years ago.' Bob passed away peacefully at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica after a brief illness. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Frances in November of 2008 and daughter, Laura in April of 2002. Bob is survived by his daughter, Susan Cassling (Robert); grandchildren, Jennifer Cassling and Julian Cole Lillig-Gruesser; step grandchildren Katherine Cassling (Xan) and Caroline Cassling; nephew Thomas Klitgaard (Kyle) and great niece, Staver Klitgaard, niece, Katherine Klitgaard McCall and longtime friend David Dupont (Christie Hunter). His ashes will be spread along the La Jolla shores. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the following organizations or to a charity of your choice. St Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 W. Avenue K, Lancaster CA 93534 or Forgotten Angels Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 900681, Palmdale, CA 93590

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