Obituary: Jim ‘Mouse’ Robb – legendary Ocean Beach surfer lifeguard and waterman – Some called him a legend we called him Jim Mouse Dad Grandpa Uncle and dear friend. On Thursday April 22 he rode the heavenly waves into the great beyond completing…

Jim ‘Mouse’ Robb

Jim ‘Mouse’ Robb


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Some referred to as him a legend, we referred to as him Jim, Mouse, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, and costly buddy. On Thursday, April 22, he rode the heavenly waves into the good past, finishing his 88-year project amongst us. Indubitably he had that peeling proper wave all to himself!

Jim Robb was once born in Ohio to his Scottish father Hugh Robb and his American mom Helen. With two older sisters, Bessie and Bonnie, the coming of Jim finished their circle of relatives. It didn’t take lengthy for Hugh and Helen to search out their technique to a candy bungalow, 3 blocks from the seashore on Narragansett Road in Ocean Seashore. This fortuitous transfer got here to form and outline the rest years of Jim’s lifestyles. The seashore was once his playground and the rest ocean was once his pastime.

He was once named Jim, however for many of his lifestyles he proudly carried the title “Mouse.” As he advised the tale, he was once a child at the seashore placing out with the lifeguards… he was once small in stature however mighty in spirit and energy so he was once named Mighty Mouse… it caught, and Mouse, the Ocean Seashore legend, was once born.

Mouse attended Ocean Seashore Basic, Dana Junior Prime and graduated from Level Loma Prime Faculty in 1951. Proper out of highschool, Mouse joined and served as a crewman in the US Air Drive all over the Korean Conflict. Upon his go back to Ocean Seashore, he was a San Diego – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- Lifeguard. His dream process!

His super smile, type nature and pleasant character laid the groundwork for a life-time of friendships. It was once additionally at the seashore {that a} beautiful younger gal stuck his eye. Mouse and Carole Welshans had been married in November 1957 and celebrated 63 years of water a laugh, circle of relatives, friendships and commute in combination.

With a spouse and kids at the means, Mouse left lifestyles guarding and labored at Western Electrical till his retirement. Mouse was once an audacious water guy, full of the spirit of Aloha. He surfed, dove, kayaked, paddle boarded, wind surfed; he additionally cherished snow snowboarding and golfing.

Mouse competed in tandem browsing with Judy Dibble within the 1966 Global Championship at Ocean Seashore and, in conjunction with mythical surfer Linda Benson, was once instrumental in bringing the Ladies’s Global Lengthy Board Championship to Ocean Seashore in 2005.

In 1999, he competed within the U.S. Lifesaving Affiliation Nationwide Lifeguard Championships in Cape Would possibly, N.J., incomes a gold medal within the 800 meter paddleboard race – tremendous veterans class. And he participated as a rowing spouse of Rod Luscomb within the Dory Race.

All the way through his lengthy tenure because the “Ambassador of Ocean Seashore,” Mouse shaped the Sundown Cliffs Surfers, which was once later arranged because the Sundown Cliffs Browsing Affiliation, to advertise the spirit of camaraderie, circle of relatives, group and environmental preservation specializing in browsing and its heritage.

He was once venerated because the grand marshall of the OB Christmas Parade. He was once celebrated via the Town of San Diego – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- with a “Jim (Mouse) Robb Day” declaration. Mouse was once featured at the quilt article within the Reader mag in 2016.

He was once a tireless group volunteer, and mentor to masses of adlescent instructing them browsing and water abilities. As well as, Mouse was once energetic in maintaining the historical past of San Diego – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- Lifeguards via his paintings for the San Diego – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- Lifesaving Affiliation and was once instrumental in serving to erect the bronze Lifeguard Memorial in Ocean Seashore.

Many type notes and letters were won and had been learn to him all over his sickness: “Your upbeat, sure nature all the time made a surf consultation a greater enjoy.” “Mouse handled each one as a valued human being.” “He embodied just right vibes, mentoring many.” “Without equal waterman whose humility and kindness touched such a lot of lives.” “Your fact was once for your day by day instance.”

“Should you query how lengthy you’ll benefit from the water, Mouse paddled as much as me one morning and advised me he had simply gotten his new rise up board for his eightieth birthday!” “No person personified OB like Mouse. We now have misplaced a in point of fact greater than lifestyles legend.” “I recommend that once the OB Pier is changed they title the brand new one after him!”

Mouse is survived via his loving circle of relatives, spouse Carole, son Darren Robb and his spouse Tiffany of Carlsbad, daughter Kathleen Robb of Lihue, Kauai. He was once the cherished grandfather to James Richardson, Brittany and Casey Robb, Trevor Singer (Kauai) and great-grandfather to Elijah Singer.

He’s going to be very much neglected via his adoring nieces Lori Castellanos, Aimee Welshans and Anna Welshans Sorensen, in addition to his trustworthy in-laws, David and Nora Welshans, all from San Diego – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- .

Mouse held super love and affection for his numerous pals who enriched his lifestyles past measure. Aloha pricey buddy and mahalo for sharing your adventure with us. Within the custom of surfers, there can be a paddle out this summer time to devote Mouse again to the water. A Party of Existence paddle out is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 17 at Luscomb Level at Sundown Cliffs.