Retired LBFD Chief Robert Leslie remembered in Memorial Ceremony

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obituary robert leslieLast Thursday, April 8, a memorial ceremony was held at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach to honor the life of retired Fire Chief Robert (Bob) Eugene Leslie. He passed away at Long Beach Memorial Hospital on March 20, 2010.

A graduate of Wilson High School, he joined the Long Beach Fire Department in 1945 and over the next 40 years rose through the ranks, serving as Engineer, Captain, Fire Marshall, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. In 1977 he was appointed Fire Chief of the city, a post he held until he retired in 1984.

During both his work life and after his retirement, Bob was an active member in the community. He served on the boards of directors for the Long Beach Firemen’s Credit Union, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Harbor Bank. He was active in the California Fire Chief’s Association and was a founding member of the Charity Board Foundation for the Long Beach Grand Prix Association.

An avid sportsman and athlete, Bob played basketball and baseball and in later years developed as a golfer and fisherman. Chief, co-worker, mentor, friend, brother, husband, father, grandfather, Bob was a steady presence in the life of many, well respected and counted on for his honesty and integrity. Possessed by what can only be described as a basic and integral goodness, he was deeply loved by his family.

Current members of Long Beach Fire Department, the Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum, and the Long Beach Fire Department Honor Guard joined friends and family members to pay their respects to Chief Leslie.

Robert Eugene Leslie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Violet, his sons, David and Kevin, daughters Gail and Kimberley, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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