In the early morning on April 30, 2020, Bob Regan died due to complications related to a recent cancer diagnosis, at the age of 73.
Bob was born in October of 1946 in Long Beach, CA.
He grew up in East Long Beach, attending the local Catholic schools St. Cornelius and St. Joseph for his primary school education. He graduated St. Anthony's high school with the class of 1965.
Bob was a hard working man from an early age. He ran a paper route as a young boy for the Independent-Press Telegram and obtained his first "real job" at the age of 13 at the gas station that used to stand at the intersection of Los Coyotes and Clark. Immediately after his high school graduation, he started work in the aerospace industry at McDonnell Douglas. He worked there for 26 years on aircraft such as the DC-9, DC-10, and C-17.
Bob also tried his entrepreneurial hand by opening Pay 'n Play racquetball courts in the early 90's; a business closely connected with his love for the sport. He finished out his career working 17 years for a local electrical contractor, Electech. Bob finally retired from work in July 2019.
Throughout his life, Bob was interested in many hobbies and fun past times. He surfed in his teenage years, built engines for a racing team out on the Bonneville salt flats in his 20s, and played racquetball in his 30s and 40s. During his 50s he found a spiritual home at Bethany Church where he attended services and volunteered many hours providing technical support as a sound engineer. In the later years of his life, he enjoyed classic cars, model airplanes, motorcycle building, NASCAR, and NHRA racing.
However, at the end of it all, Bob Regan will be remembered by his love for people. He so enjoyed making new friends. Whenever he was introduced to someone new, he always had a firm handshake, a smile, and a genuine eager interest to get to know more about them. Across every era of his life he counted his rich tapestry of relationships with family, friends, and community members to be his greatest treasure.
Bob is survived by his wife, Victoria Wood, and his children, Tawny and Keanu. Due to the current public health restrictions in place for Covid-19, there is no funeral or memorial scheduled.
Published in Gazette Newspapers from May 28 to Jun. 4, 2020.