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Robert Leslie Brigham, loving husband, father, and educator passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019, while listening to his favorite music. He was 91.

Bob was fundamentally good. He was kind and gentle and a role model to many. He will be remembered for a life well lived leaving a legacy of love and acceptance. He was admired for making people laugh without trying too hard. For him, right and wrong was not complicated nor judgmental. He brought people together and made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed with courtesy and civility.

His many accomplishments include a Master's Thesis, which had a positive impact on race relations in Manhattan Beach. He was the recipient of the Lions International Rose and Scroll Award. He was an accomplished writer who contributed to the baseball publication, The Diamond Angle, Easy Reader, and countless Letters to the Editor.

Bob helped establish a Bikes for Kids program, using recycled bikes.
He was artistic and created scores of illustrated personalized family
birthday cards.

Bob was born in Los Angeles on May 18, 1927 and moved to Manhattan Beach at the age of 12, where he attended Center School and Redondo Union High School. He was involved in student government and was co-captain of RUHS Seahawks' CIF championship football team. After graduating from high school and serving in WWII, Bob attended Fresno State College where he met and married Mary Ann Forrester. Upon receiving his teaching credential, they settled in Manhattan Beach where they raised three children, Leslie, Matt, and Allison. He was on faculty at Mira Costa High School, from the time of the first graduating class of 1953 and continued as a teacher, counselor, coach, and sports announcer for the next 36 years. Bob and Mary Ann enjoyed a full life and were integral members of their community with involvement in Manhattan Beach Community Church, Fair Housing Coalition, Manhattan Beach Democratic Club, Community Concerts Association, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, American Field Service, and Manhattan Beach Historical Society. In 2005, Bob and Mary Ann moved to Paso Robles, where he continued an active life, playing golf daily, jogging, and swimming laps (80 laps on his 80th birthday!)

Bob's greatest pride was his family. He will be remembered by Mary Ann, his wife of 66 years, children Leslie Moss and husband, Rick of Paso Robles, Matt Brigham and husband Juan Gonzalez of Long Beach, and Allison Finkle and husband, Peter of Chico. He was beloved Papa to grandchildren Whitney Moss (Ryan Currier), Emily Moss, Jacob Moss (Leah), Spencer Finkle (Katie) and great grandchildren Julian, Scarlett, Jaxon, and Laurel.

The family is grateful for the loving and compassionate care Bob
received from the staffs of Ada's Lodges and Central Coast Hospice.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 PM in the Community Center of Traditions at River Oaks.

If you're inclined to make a donation in Bob's honor, the family
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Published in The Beach Reporter on Apr. 9, 2019.
Celebration of Life
02:00 PM
Community Center of Traditions at River Oaks
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August 30, 2019
Bob was certainly one to look up to. Made us feel good to have a class with him and shared so much wisdom with his students. A life well lived. Saddened with his passing but know all the good things he accomplished during his life brought smiles to former students and others who knew him. Thanks for giving the human touch! RIP
May 28, 2019
My High School guidance counselor and long time family friend. He suggested UCSD as a college choice for me (a new undergraduate colkege at the time - 1967 - Rob Mohle a classmate). A very full life to be honored and remembered. Condolences to all.

- Bob McMahon
Roberr McMahon JD MD
April 3, 2019
Nate saying goodbye to Bob & Mary Ann when they were getting ready to move away
Bob and Mary Ann were the best neighbors we could ever hope for. We have missed them since the day they left Manhattan Beach, and think of them often. We are so sorry for your loss.
With love from Sally, Mike, and Nate Andrade
April 1, 2019
When I entered MCHS in 1951 (class of 1955), Mr. Brigham was a teacher & coach. I will always remember his kindness to the students & I was fortunate to be able to attend his 80th. Birthday in Pasa Robles, CA. Mr. Brigham was our guest at our all class (1st. 4 classes graduates) just two years ago accompanied by his son. Many memories have passed, but those of us who will remember the beginning years at MCHS & the opportunity to learn & grow into adulthood.
Carol RATHBUN-Shibuya
April 1, 2019
As a student at Mira Costa (class of 1967) I remember Mr. Brigham as a kind and fun loving man. He was without a doubt the most popular teacher at Mira Costa. He will be greatly missed.
Rob Mohle
March 31, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family and friends Mr. Brigham. May God comfort your heart and strengthen you in this time of sorrow. (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).
March 30, 2019
We remember Mr. Brigham always with a smile on his face and spirit in his step. Kind and gentle. Warm and welcoming.

A bright light that shines no more glows through his loving family.

Our condolences to you all.

Greg and Julie (Elkind) Sevilla
MCHS class of 1975
Julie Sevilla
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