Herbert Michael Robles

Born on Jan. 29, 1933, in Tucson, Ariz., Herbert Michael Robles, 85, of Alameda, passed away on May 17, 2018. 

Herb is survived by Claire, his beloved wife of 61 years; son, Kindlen, daughter-in-law, Anne, and grandchildren: Conor, Donovan, Kelly, Carly and Brooke.

Herb graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of San Francisco. He served in the Army in Alaska during the Korean War and married Claire upon his return. Herb enjoyed a successful career with the Southern Pacific Railroad before retiring after 33 years. Herb and Claire enjoyed ocean settings, in particular around Carmel. He loved baseball and the San Francisco Giants. Herb also followed the 49ers, Raiders, Warriors and was especially proud of his grandchildren’s numerous athletic achievements. 

Herb was very active in the community, starting as a member of the Alameda Junior Chamber of Commerce. He served on many civic committees, and was elected to the Alameda Board of Education in 1969. Herb was a founding member of the Silver Lake, a poker club composed of his friends from St. Joseph’s parish who volunteered their time in various good works. Herb spent the majority of his adult life serving the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Oakland and was instrumental in the Cursillo movement. 

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Herb’s life on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda.