Bob Meistrell's passing

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Bob Meistrell's passing

Postby KathyK » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:30 pm

As many of you by now know, we lost a legend of diving and surfing yesterday, a mentor and friend to all he met, and an all-around great guy, Bob Meistrell. Bob passed away doing what he loved, and he lived his life as a waterman who respected and protected the ocean. Bob's family announced today that donations to Reef Check, The Ocean Futures Society, or the Switzer Foundation, all organizations about which he was passionate, would be especially welcomed in his memory.

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Re: Bob Meistrell's passing

Postby Claudette » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:21 pm

Thank you, Kathryn, for letting us know of this gracious gesture from the Meistrell family.

Bob made our oceanic world a better place and I'll always be grateful.

Donation made to ReefCheck in his honor.

Dive well, Bob.

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Re: Bob Meistrell's passing

Postby rcinfo » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:46 pm

Bob Meistrell passed away June 16, 2013 at the age of 84. It was a great honor to have known such a wonderful man who, like many of us, began as underwater "hunter-gatherers," but ended up with a perceptive understanding of marine biology and conservation. Bob was a great supporter of Reef Check and volunteered his boat for our use on several occasions over the years. He also offered a boat trip as an auction item as recently as last year that was a highlight of our live auction.

Bob was kind enough to allow us to interview him at length when we were putting together our corporate videos during the summer of 2011. We were able to get over 1 hour of wonderful history about how he started diving in Missouri back in the late 40's using an inverted bucket in a swimming pool with an air hose attached. And how he first noted neoprene on the back of a car being used as a gasket to keep water out of a tail light. Bob was an amazing guy and along with his brother Bill, kept a wonderful record of photos from California in the early days — the back deck of his boat filled with huge lobster and seabass — that are useful reminders of the wild wild west days.

We hope to continue to celebrate Bob's wonderful life at our Gala in September, in which Bob was to receive our Reef Stewardship Award, marking the 60th anniversary of his co-founding of Body Glove and California's surf culture with his twin brother, Bill, who passed away a few years ago.

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Re: Bob Meistrell's passing

Postby SeaDana » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:26 pm

He was out on the water on his last days on earth, which I know is where he’d want to be.

Bob had taken a few of us out on his boat a few years back to do some Reef Check surveys, and to breakfast at his local yacht club. He knew everyone’s name, was fun to talk to, a very generous man and true waterman. I bought my first SCUBA gear at his dive shop.



A loss for the dive and surf community, but his impacts on watermen and women will last for a long time.

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Re: Bob Meistrell's passing

Postby Colleen Wisniewski » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:58 pm

Thanks for posting these photos, Dana!

Bob was such a supporter of Reef Check and it was great to see chat with him and see how excited he was to survey the Redondo Breakwall. Glad you guys got a chance to do it.

I remember living on the West End of Catalina for 4 years and seeing the Body Glove boat out in my neighborhood a lot. It's awesome the Meistrell family was able to get out and enjoy being on/under the water as much as possible. I agree - what a loss for the dive and surf community but just think of all he and his brother accomplished during their time. Amazing!

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