Robert “Bob” McGovern

Date of Birth

January 22, 1944

Date of Death

November 6, 2011

City of Death


Robert (Bob) McGovern, Goleta resident, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 6 at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. His loving wife, daughter and family were with him. He was 67-years-old.

Bob was born in Los Angeles, California on January 22, 1944, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his home in Santa Barbara in 1981 where he raised his daughter Kelly. Bob worked for Eastman Kodak for over 30 years as a Field Engineer. He married his wife Jennifer Bigelow in 1999.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking walks, fixing anything and traveling. He was on a spiritual path and touched many lives as a spiritual adviser and healer. Bob truly loved and embraced life fully, and saw only the very best in people. He gave generously of himself and his time, always sharing his deadpan humor, optimism, wisdom and compassion. His warmth, open heart, smile and loving presence were constant and uplifting.

He is survived by, his wife Jennifer of Goleta, his daughter Kelly Flores of Santa Barbara and five grandchildren. He is also survived by, his brothers Jerry, Ken and Pat McGovern and his sisters Kathy McGovern, Lois Huff, Barbara Jacobs and Maureen Cerney.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Society located at 1535 Santa Barbara St. in Santa Barbara. Contributions in honor of Bob can be made to your favorite charity, especially those that serve children.


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