William "Bill" Irvine Robertson

December 19, 1943January 22, 2017
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Bill was born on December 19, 1943 in Columbia, Missouri. His parents were Keeney Irvine Robertson and Mary Grace (See) Robertson. His only sibling is his older sister Charlotte. She resides in Columbia with her four children and their families.

Bill attended grammar school in a one-room schoolhouse then went on to Hickman High School.

Following high school graduation, Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served proudly as an MP on the USS Hornet, amongst other assignments. During his enlistment, Bill met his first wife, Sidney. Together, they had two children, D’arcy and William Irvine Jr. (Billy).

Following his service in the Marine Corps, Bill entered the LAPD Academy (1967). He spent his first years working Hollywood Division Patrol, followed by several years working Motors in the San Fernando Valley. In 1974, Bill was assigned to Devonshire Division Patrol. In 1981, he became a Detective and worked Devonshire Detectives until 1987.

Bill joined CECATs (Community Effort to Combat Auto Theft) in 1987. This was, by far, the best period of his law enforcement career. He loved working “autos” and made countless life-long friends both within CECATs and because of CECATs.

In 1998, Bill married Ann. In 2001, they welcomed their twins, Grace and Sarah.

Bill returned to Devonshire Detectives in 2006 and remained there until his “retirement” on April 30, 2007. His LAPD career spanned 40 years and 4 months.

Bill worked for NICB for several years following his “retirement”.

Although the last few years of Bill’s life were filled with health issues, they were also filled with his family. Bill loved his four children more than anything in this world. He was a humble, honest, funny, stubborn, smart, genuine, man. “He is already greatly missed”.

Arrangements under the direction of Bastian & Perrott, Oswald Mortuary, Northridge, California.


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Kevin OConnor

February 4, 2017

I worked with Bill in CECATS. He was a no no-nonsense guy but always had a sense of humor. He taught us alot and did his best to keep us in line, which was a full time job. I'll never forget his words, "what the hell's wrong with you, hammerhead!?". Godspeed Bill. I am honored to have worked with you.

Loretta Havelin

February 4, 2017

Rest In Peace Bill. You will be missed.

Jess Corral

February 2, 2017

Bill, you were the old school LAPD crime fighter, you will missed by all your friends. Gods speed. Vaya con dios. (go with god). Your friend Jess Corral

Lou Koven

February 2, 2017

Bill, you're a great guy and you'll be missed.

Randy Ballin

February 1, 2017

Bill, I cherish the honor of being included as one of your friends. Your warmth and humor will remain in my heart forever. Good bye, Marine!
Randy Ballin

Ron Michel

February 1, 2017

I first met Bill at the LAPD, Devonshire Division in 1994, and worked with Bill in recent times at NICB. It was an honor to call Bill my friend. Rest in Peace Bill

Tim and Kim Gilbert

February 1, 2017

To a great friend and partner, had a hell of a good time working with you . You will be truly missed. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.

Debbie Ott

January 31, 2017

Just thinking of him puts a warm feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. He was always Uncle Bud to us here in Missouri. He always was thinking of a prank or joke to play on us. Sure wish we could have spent more time with him. Uncle Bud I love you and until we meet again, rest in peace

Bill, Adriana & Max Morelewski

January 31, 2017

RIP Bill. You will be missed. You are a great father, great brother-in-law, great cop and great person. I remember when Grace and Sarah were babies you holding one while giving a bottle to the other. Never complaining about the stress of having twins. Just get to it and get the job done. This is the type of person Bill is...a Rock. Solid, someone you can always lean on, strong in his convictions but sometimes hard to move. Thanks Bill for being a good example to us all. You will be missed.


January 31, 2017

Rest in Peace, Bill. I am fortunate to have been able to call you my friend.