Robert Melville Moncrief

Posted On September 28th, 2010 -

August 21, 1939 – August 25, 2010

Undefeated in spirit and generous of heart and aloha, Bob is survived by wife Trudy, sons Scott and Robb; brothers David, Kimo and Guy, and two grandchildren; Iain and Ella.

Bob attended Punahou School (Class of ’57) and was regarded as a gentleman who was held in high esteem by his classmates, many of whom remained close friends throughout his life. He attended Oregon State University and graduated from the University of Washington. Bob was devoted to his family and to the Hawaii he loved and worked hard to protect, both on land and under the water. He filled his life with adventure and always told fantastic stories about growing up in Makiki and Manoa, his lifetime of experiences at Kawela Bay, achieving amazing feats in Hawaiian Outrigger canoe competitions, and his innumerable diving and fishing expeditions that took him to unexplored reefs all over the Pacific.

Bob enjoyed many interesting projects during his career as marine biologist and ecologist with National Marine Fisheries Service, the Navy, and Army Corps of Engineers; his professional career centered on mitigating impacts to marine habitat during construction of shoreline improvements across the Pacific. Bob cared deeply about Hawaii’s natural resources and their protection and enjoyment by all.

Throughout his life Bob supported many different charitable organizations and was never one to be shy about advocating a worthy and noble cause. He was one of the very first organizers of efforts to stop the poorly planned development of Kawela Bay in the early 1980’s, championed laws to protect marine life and was emphatic about being a responsible fisherman and conservationist, and countless other endeavors that left Hawaii a better place. Toward the end of his life Bob became an icon by those advocating for the protection of public access to the beaches of Kailua. His legacy will be carried with honor and undying affection by family members and countless friends.

Swimmer, diver, canoe paddler, musician, storyteller, scientist, island boy, environmental conservationist, and a man who defined the word ‘aloha’ in both deed and spirit, Bob will be sorely missed.

A celebration of life will be held at Lanikai Park on October 2, 2010. Gathering beginning at 12:30 and services beginning at 1:00 pm. Please visit Aloha attire.

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