June 20, 1943 – November 3, 2019
Longtime Pac Pal resident Robert “Bob” Heilemann has passed away peacefully on November 3, 2019, from heart disease complications.
Bob was born in Rimbey, Canada, and moved to Santa Monica in the early ’60s to join a few of his siblings to begin his California dream. Bob attended SMC and was a member of the volleyball team that won the National Championship in 1964.
Bob was a renowned locksmith that worked for Ace Lock & Key for over 50 years. Bob had served on the Lock Museum of America Board of Directors. He had written many articles for publication, and his reputation as an expert restorer of locks was known both here and in Europe. On a recent trip to Austria he was given a private tour of the Hanns Schell Museum in Gratz.
Bob was a passionate mountain biker and runner. He participated in the annual Pac Pal 4th of July 10 k race. He and his wife, Donna, were a regular fixture on the 4th of July parade route. His famous 4th of July burgers, aka “Bob’s Burgers,” will be missed.
Bob was the Assistant Scout Master for the local 233 troop. He was also a leader in the Indian Guides and The Indian Princess’. He was on many trips with the groups and was a great asset to all the clubs.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years Donna, son Michael, his wife Danucia, grandson Robert, daughter Renee, grandson Dylan and granddaughter Celeste, as well as siblings Norbert, Alf, Louise, Arnold, Marg and Lennie, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life at Corpus Christi Church on January 25 at 10 a.m. All family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association.