Westside Village Civic Assn., Inc.

Bob Woolfe

Westside Village Loses an Icon

Westside Village Loses an Icon: A Tribute to Bob Woolfe

Bob Woolfe, world-reknown scenic artist and Westside Village icon passed away on November 1. Bob was active in the WVCA since its formation and lived in his home on Queensland with his wife Lois and his three children: Dana, Nancy and Kim over 50 years. He is remembered as warm, generous and our “artist in residence.” In addition to oils, water colors and ink sketches, he designed the green and white WVCA T shirts of a Westside Village house (Bob’s), proclaiming “I Love Westside Village.” His paintings are in private collections in the U.S., France, England, Japan, Switzerland and Australia.

In 1995, WVCA member and neighbor Christine Page wrote a profile of Bob chronicling his scenic art in the movies, TV and theme parks. This profile is now reprinted on the WVCA website www.neighborhoodlink.com/la/wvca as part of the WVCA history.

His neighbor Ron Meza remembers Bob this way. “We moved into our house on Queensland Street in March 1963. We were immediately welcomed by Bob and the neighbors with a festive barbecue. One of the most endearing qualities about Bob and his family was sharing their Christmas caroling tradition established some fifty years ago.

As the years passed many friends returned for the annual Christmas celebration. Over the past forty years, Bob and I served alternately as President of the Westside Village Civic Association and continued to support the efforts of WVCA. Bob was a most generous person with his good nature, time and talent as a painter. It is fair to say that we all own a piece of Bob’s fine art work. Many of his works include the children of neighbors as models in his paintings. We are saddened by his passing. Bob will be sorely missed in our community.”

Bob’s family created a Home page for Bob http://www.geocities.com/bob_woolfe/news.html. You can view and sign the Guest book and let his family know if you own any of Bob’s paintings.

Posted by gregors on 12/06/2004
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