Robert Lee Swick , December 4, 1927 - March 8, 2024

Date of Death

Robert Lee Swick, affectionately known as Bob, of La Cañada Flintridge, California, passed away on March 8, 2024, at the age of 96. Born on December 4, 1927, in Napoleon, Ohio, Bob led a life filled with adventure, humor, and unwavering dedication.
Bob proudly served his country during World War II as a radar operator for the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. His service was not only marked by bravery but also by a touch of pride as he was often seen sporting his cherished WWII hat, which became an everyday accessory during his frequent visits to Hill Street Café. His humility and gratitude shone brightly as he graciously accepted thanks for his service and even the occasional surprise of a paid meal.
After the war, Bob wasted no time in pursuing higher education, utilizing the GI Bill to earn a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. This set the foundation for a successful professional career, during which he worked for esteemed companies like SquareD and Dynapar Electric, specializing in their electrical gear divisions.
In 1950, Bob married his beloved Florence, embarking on a journey that spanned 74 years and blessed them with five sons. Their move to La Cañada Flintridge in 1971 marked a new chapter, driven by Bob’s career as the General Manager for Federal Pacific Electric, where he led the West Coast division, including Hawaii, for 23 years.
At the age of 66, Bob remained active, acting as the director of sales for 21 years at his son’s, Charles, manufacturing company, Pacific Wire Products. He finally hung up his hat at the age of 87. Throughout his life, Bob’s passion for golf was unmatched, often disappearing onto the greens of Brookside or Verdugo Hills golf courses. His love for sports extended to coaching his grandson’s baseball team, embodying the values of teamwork and perseverance.
An avid supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, Bob’s enthusiasm knew no bounds, except perhaps in the aftermath of a loss, when you knew not to call him until he got over his frustration. His legacy extends beyond his professional achievements and hobbies, living on through his sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all proudly bearing his middle name, “Lee.”
Bob will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, infectious laughter, and genuine love for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Florence, 95, and sons Steven, Charles (Linda), Jonathan, and William, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Swick.
In honor of his remarkable life, a Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in La Crescenta, California.