In Memory

Robert Adam Wing - Class Of 1941

Robert Adam Wing

Robert 'Bob' Adams Wing passed away at his home at La Mirada Landmark on August 2, 2014, after a long illness. Bob was born in Groton, Massachusetts on September 1, 1923. In 1936 he moved with his parents Forrest and Margaret and brothers Alan (SPHS '43), Larry (SPHS '46), and John (SPHS '49) to South Pasadena.

Bob played football in high school and college at Oregon State. He enlisted in the Navy for World War II, guarding merchant marine ships in the north Atlantic. Bob married Barbara Ware in 1947. They had two daughters, Margaret and Deborah. Bob worked at several jobs until 1957 when he started a 23-year career at the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. He married June Shira in 1962; she passed away in 1970. He married Bertha Jennings in 1971, moved to La Mirada Landmark in 1972, and retired there in 1980. 

Bob and Bertha loved to travel all over the US and Europe, visiting historical sites and natural wonders. Bob loved horse racing and history and keeping track of family and friends. He served as regional representative of the Wing Family of America, and wrote historical articles for their publications. For years he volunteered in the La Mirada Landmark Ecology Committee, collecting and selling recyclables to buy equipment for the community. La Mirada City honored him for this work with a certificate in 2007. Bob cared devotedly for Bertha during her long illness until her death in 2007. He began traveling again, visiting friends, until complications from surgery in 2010 kept him home until his death.

Bob is survived by his brother John, his daughters Margaret and Deborah, his wife's family, and their children.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune, September 20, 2014