Robert Leo McMenomy

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Nov. 5, 1926 – June 14, 2016

Bob McMenomy passed away peacefully June 14, 2016, in his home in Laguna Beach with his wife, Genevieve and his only child, Ann at his bedside.

Bob McMenomy
Bob McMenomy

He had been in bed for eight years after a stroke and old leg and back wounds resulting from a severe auto accident in 1944 when he was hospitalized for two years. After his recovery, McMenomy was able to walk due to a special leg brace he and his father designed. His father was a graduate of the first chiropractic school in Los Angeles.

Standing out in his elementary school class with natural drawing skills, a strong ability to express his creativity freely and his love and respect for the creative process throughout his whole life, McMenomy was an artist from day one. He graduated with an associated arts degree form Long Beach City College and later a master’s degree in design and ceramics from UCLA in 1952.

McMenomy was a talented and much loved teacher at East L.A. Community College for a few years and then moved to Long Beach City College in the art department, teaching ceramics until he retired in 1989. Being an avid sailor in his youth, McMenomy and his wife Genevieve bought a Grand Banks trawler yacht and enjoyed three happy years going back and forth to Catalina Island with friends and family aboard.

From 1952 to 1972, during summer months, summer holidays, and many weekends, McMenomy assisted his family managing the Crystal Cove beach resort where they held the master lease with the Irvine Company.

In November of 1957 Bob married Genevieve Cote and they moved to Laguna Beach in 1970. Upon arriving in Laguna, McMenomy became active in Village Laguna, board of education politics and later Friendship Shelter. Despite the difficult things that McMenomy had been through, he had a very quick wit, a great sense of humor that always made people laugh and a strength that many people admired very much.

McMenomy’s ashes will be scattered at sea on a Neptune Society boat with immediate family and friends.




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