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Bob Bickel, 50 year resident of Brea, passes away

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50 year Brea resident Bob Bickel died of cancer October 14. Services were held October 20 at St. Angela Merci Church in Brea.

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       50 year Brea resident Bob Bickel  died of cancer October 14 just 10 months after his wife Shirley died of  the disease. Bob and Shirley had been married for 62 years. You never saw one without the other. They both loved music and enjoyed all the jazz sessions in the Brea Downtown.  Bob played the drums in high school.
     Bob  was active at St. Angela Church, and Father Tim Olsen came back to participate in the packed service. The long time local resident served as little league coach for many years, and was on the  board of the senior center for 20 years in a leadership position. He enjoyed running the popcorn machine at the center.  He also helped with BREAL.
      Bob loved Brea and Breans adored him. The Brea Museum folks loved his knowlege he shared about the history of Brea. He enjoyed talking about Brea and joking about Sam’s Place. One of Bob’s cousins told Marty Simonoff that Bob once worked at the Brea Post Office and they nicknamed him “Pug.” Marty called him “Pug,” whenever he saw Bob after that.  Bob wanted to know how Marty knew about his nickname.  Marty jokingly told him he saw it on the US Postal Serice web site. Well that started Bob on weeks of searching the internet for the US Postal Service link that displayed his name. Marty thought about telling him but it was  too much fun letting him search. Finally Bob figured out his cousin told him and they always had a good laugh when they saw each other when the subject came up.
    Bob and Shirley were named “Volunteers of the Year at the museum in 2008.  Bob retired from Union Oil in 1986 after 31 years. He kept busy by serving on the  Parks and Recreation Commission for 10 years and participated at the senior center.  Family was very important. Neighbor and good friend Darlene Riley said, “You could always count on Bob.” He made a difference.
Susan Gaede
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