Battalion Chief, FPB Metro Rail
February 19, 2015
Service 09/05/2000 – FPB Metro Rail
Details about the memorial service
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Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund
PO BOX 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Ed Stephens says
My condolences to the family. Bob was a good man. My cohort at 27’s for many years; handball partner, and travel companion to Europe with our wives. May he rest in peace.
Bill Aaron says
I’m looking forward to seeing you April 4th for his memorial.
There are some GREAT pictures of you and my dad from the mid-60’s!
It looks like you two were quite a pair, having lots of fun!
Millage Peaks says
I rarely comment publically about men that had a profound influence on my life, but Bob Aaron is the exception. Bob was my first Captain at Fire Station 3 when I joined the LAFD in 1976. He was my Task Force Commander at Fire Station 27 when I was a newly promoted Captain in 1984. Captain Aaron always adhered to the rules and regulations of the LAFD. He always ran a tight ship. His knowledge and experience of Firefighting Principles were never questioned. We always marched into hell together.
He was never considered as a man among men, even though he was a monument among stones. When we went into battle together, we went because we knew it was the right thing to do…
Bob and I never rode motorcycles together, we never skied together, nor did much together off duty, but we were joined at the hip when we were in combat fighting fire.
Most Firemen are rarely remembered for their accomplishments as firefighters. I would like to acknowledge that Chief Aaron was a brave and tenacious firefighter who was dedicated to preserving and protecting the lives of everyone who lived and worked in the City of Los Angeles.
My family sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the Aaron Family.
Well said Millage. I worker for Bob
at 50’s. Most people didn’t know what a good handball player he was.
He will be missed.
Bill Aaron says
Thank you for the kind words and taking your time to share them!
My dad was a very dedicated and passionate officer for the LAFD.
Some of the pictures we will be using at his memorial are from the mid-80’s. I clearly recognize you and Mike Greeup with my dad after a “working” fire.
My dad spoke highly of those around him and he was especially fond of his tours at 27’s!
Bill Aaron says
Come on…..you would complain to me about his left, and how it cost you the “Skid Row” championship:) ha ha
Seriously, thanks for taking care of my dad during his stay at 50’s!
Sonny Garrido says
I knew Bob from Battalion 1 and worked for
him shortly when he was assigned to Metro
Rail. One of the finest gentlemen I ever met on
the job. He treated everyone with respect
and honesty. My condolences to his family.
May he rest in peace.
Joel Sandberg says
It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Bob for several years on Rail Transit Projects at the Los Angeles County MTA. Bob was very knowledgeable and dedicated in his approach to ensuring the Fire/Life Safety of the rail transit lines and made a valuable contribution to making Metro’s rail system one of the safest in the world. He will be missed.
Ron Tomlin says
Worked with Bob in the early 70’s at FS9 – also studied with him for promotion to Capt. He was always a pleasure to work with. Sincere condolences to his wife and family’s, know that he will be greatly missed.
Bill Aaron says
As a kid, I remember going to those big family days at 9’s! Kids everywhere, handball, ping-pong, you guys providing burgers on homemade grills (upside/down trash cans).
My memory might be off…..tough firemen putting glitter on your turnouts?
Cheers to the “Sparkle Core” at 9’s!
Thank you for your condolences,
Bill Aaron says
Thank you to all those in the fire department family who have called, texted, or e-mailed condolences and kind words! I loved my dad and I’m look forward to celebrating a life well lived.
Thank you, Bill Aaron (son)
Robert Lee Aaron, 73, returned to his heavenly home on February 19, 2015 after a seven year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Robert was born on October 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, to Marvin Lee and Ann Laura Aaron. Robert grew up in Temple City, CA, with a younger sister in a small home built by his dad! He attended Cleminson Elementary School, Rio Hondo Jr. High, and graduated from Arroyo High School. Robert’s childhood friends remember him as funny, smart, a popular guy dating the head majorette, her name was Viki.
Robert married Viki, his high school sweetheart, in 1962. That same year, Robert started a very rewarding 38 year career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Robert promoted to Captain in 1976 and Battalion Chief in 1986. As a firefighter and Captain, he served for a dozen years at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. During construction of LA’s subway, Robert served for more than a decade as the Department’s Metro Rail Chief. In his younger years, Robert also served honorably in the United States Army Reserves.
In 1963 and 1966, Robert and Viki welcomed two children into their home. Robert’s children remember him as a Godly man, intentional with purpose, humble and giving with family and friends. Robert also provided a loving, positive influence for his grandchildren.
Robert provided leadership as church moderator, church elder, and school board member. Also in the community, he spent many hours of service for local baseball and football programs.
Robert was passionate about including family and friends with his camping, water skiing, scuba diving, and travel…but in his later years, his most important hobby became attending events of his grandchildren! “Grandpa Chief” is survived by his wife of 53 years, Viki
his children, Bill Aaron (Mary) and April Riffey (Todd)
his grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy, Elizabeth, Tyler, Trevor, Brittany
his great grandchildren, Amelia LeAnne Aaron and Jacob Robert Aaron
his sister, Marie Duncan (Bob)
his nephews, Erik Duncan and Mathew Duncan
his niece Kerry Smith
and countless other family and friends!
Malcolm Ingram says
This is way to late. I just discovered on relief fund website of your fathers passing
I worked as the engineering liaison with your father when he was Battalion Chief on the Metro Rail project Chief Aaron was a mentor to me in my professional life as well as my personal life. It was an honor to have worked with him.