Robert (Bob) Randell

Robert (Bob) Randell passed peacefully at the beautiful Twelve Oaks Retirement Home in La Crescenta on Sycamore Street and La Crescenta Avenue on May 10th. He lived there for the past two years under the loving care of Denise Gotto, managing director, M.J., nursing director, and the entire support staff that helps make Twelve Oaks a personal experience for all the residents that have been fortunate to have found a place like home and are treated like family members.

Bob was able to celebrate his 84th birthday just a few days before his passing with family and friends, including his son David and wife, Jean, his daughter Trish and her husband Mike and his grandchildren James, Kylie, Gillian, Maddy and Ally.

Bob graduated from Glendale High School class of 1958 where he was a member of the social club, Sheiks. On graduation, he joined the 101st Airborne Division military unit and took part in over 20 jumps.  After, he married Sue Watson, a graduate of Holy Family Girls Catholic School in Glendale. His first business was as an L.A. Times distributor — with many young neighborhood boys under him. He opened a gym in the original Ebmeyer’s Bakery at 2287 Honolulu Avenue and near Montrose Lane and ran it while continuing to build his 6-foot-3 frame with 18-inch biceps and upper body definition.

He then elected to sell it and start a limousine service with Cadillac and Lincoln town cars and acted as a bodyguard for many famous celebrities while transporting them. He even landed a bodyguard gig at the famous Playboy Mansion for Hugh Hefner. He had lots of stories!

Bob lived a full and busy life. Sue passed before him, and he was able to pay for a good retirement at the “Oaks” while leaving his children a nice inheritance. His family, his cousins Fletcher and Jane Miller (professors at San Diego State University), and many friends will remember him fondly as an Arnold Schwarzenegger type with a handlebar moustache. As a prolific reader of history with a sharp mind, Bob was an interesting man to be in the company of. One of his clients, Frank Sinatra, fittingly said, “The best is yet to come.” May the best be with you until we meet again.

Always your friend from Monte Vista Grammar Schools for 77 years,

Lou