Obit – Robert ‘Bob’ Walker Ellis
A his request no formal services will be conducted for Robert “Bob” Walker Ellis, who died Jan. 11, 2003. He was 79.
Mr. Ellis was born July 27, 1923, at Richmond, Calif., to George and Ruby Ellis. He grew up in Point Richmond with his sister, Marjorie, and brother, Bill. After graduation from Richmond Union High School he worked in the drafting department at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards. Later, he worked at the Richmond Independent Printing Company along with his brother, Bill. In the early 1950s he began his career with the tax and license division of the city of Richmond. In 1962, he and his wife Mary moved their family to Martinez, Calif., where he was appointed the marine and aircraft assessor for Contra Costa County.
In 1965 the family moved to South Lake Tahoe, where Mr. Walker was integral to the formation of the new city’s finance department. He headed the business license and tax division until his retirement in the late 1980s. He also served in elected positions in the California Assessors Association during this period. After retirement, he became the concierge for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, a position well suited to his outgoing personality. Due to declining health and a desire to be closer to his family, he moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1998. He became the source of much enjoyment for his grandchildren, whom he amused with his colorful stories of life in Point Richmond during the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his sons and daughters in law, Jim and Debbie Ellis of Clackamas, Ore., and Bob and Pat Ellis of San Jose; and grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Karen Ellis, Nicole Ellis and Stephen Ellis, all of San Jose.
At Mr. Ellis’ request there will be no formal services. A memorial luncheon will take place in the Richmond area at a later date.
The family suggests any donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of the Bay Area, 2065 W. El Camino Road, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040-2217. The telephone is (650) 962-8111.
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