In Loving Memory of Robert Gurrola

Longtime West Covina resident Robert "Bobby" Joseph Gurrola died on Sept. 25 after a long and courageous fight with prostate cancer. He succumbed to the illness at home surrounded by his family.

He is remembered for a spirit-lifting smile, the telling of corny jokes and inspiring those lives he touched, whether they be family, friends or employees.

"Without him, I do not know where I’d be in life," his youngest child, Cyndi said, also reflecting the thoughts of her sisters, Kathy and Lisa.

Born on Aug. 10, 1948 in Los Angeles to Bernardino and Consuelo Gurrola, he enjoyed playing guitar, which led to his forming and playing in several bands throughout his life. Gurrola’s first band was Bobby & The Esquires, then Thee Counts. He ended his music career with Bobby & The Del Mars. The groups played at dances, weddings, carnivals, anniversaries and other parties.

His life changed when he met the love of his life, Dolores Perez at a a carnival in 1964. They were both 16. They were married Aug. 16, 1969, and welcomed three daughters.

In 1971 Bobby was drafted to the U.S. Army during Vietnam, but was stationed in the finance department at Wachuka, AZ, while the rest of his company were sent to Vietnam.

Bobby worked his way up from a branch manager to the vice president of Bank of America within a relatively short period of time.

In 1986 he left to work for his country at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he spent 25 years., ending his career as regional manager at the IRS Chief Counsel in Laguna Niguel.

He mentored those who worked alongside and under him.

A lifelong football enthusiast, Bobby enjoyed going on daily jogs and playing racquetball, and was a devoted fan of the USC Trojans and the San Diego Chargers.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, their children, Kathy (Matt Torrez) of Montclair, Lisa (Louis Martinez II) of West Covina and Cyndi Gurrola of West Covina, grandchildren Robert Hernandez, Breanna Hernandez, Louis Martinez III, Leila Martinez and brother, Steve Gurrola.

A viewing is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at Oakdale Mortuary, 1401 South Grand Ave., Glendora.

The funeral mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, 747 Meadow Pass Road, Walnut, with the burial to follow at Oakdale Cemetery.

A non-profit memorial fund to benefit prostate cancer research will be formed in Bobby’s name in the very near future.

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