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Robert V. Farley

March 24, 1928 ~ September 16, 2021 (age 93)


Robert “Bob” Valentine Farley was born on March 24, 1928 to the late Clarence Valentine “Val” and Marie Farley in Alameda, CA.  Robert passed away peacefully at his home in Alameda on September 16, 2021 with his family and friends by his side.  He is survived by his daughters, Barbara and Valerie; his son, Richard; grandchildren, Nichole, Jessica, Ethan, Alexander, Miguel and Julissa; great-grandchildren, Peyton, June, Cesar and Dmitri; and brothers, Raymond and Donald.  Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Wille Mae“Billie”and brother, Dick. 

Bob grew up in Alameda and went to Alameda High School.  He was on the golf team and caddied at the local golf course after school and weekends.    After high school he joined the Army and was stationed in Japan after World War II.   

After finishing his military tour, Bob went back to college to get a degree in surveying at City College of San Francisco where he met his wife, Billie. They were married in 1951.   He then went to work for PGandE and spent over 36 years with their General Construction and Civil Hydro Divisions as a civil engineer.  His career with PGandE took him and his family all over California, from the Feather River in Northern California to Diablo Canyon outside of San Luis Obispo although the bulk of his time was spent in the Sierras.  He frequently said he was the luckiest man alive to have a job he loved and to be able to work in the mountains. 

Besides golf, Bob was an avid hiker, backpacker, hunter, fisherman and storyteller.  He enjoyed life tremendously and people enjoyed being with him.  He will be missed tremendously by family and friends. 

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