Former Newport Beach City Manager Robert Wynn died Saturday morning following a fall in his garden on Thanksgiving Day, family members said. He was 82.
Friends and family members remembered Wynn on Monday as a hard-working city administrator who remained deeply engaged in the community long after he retired in 1991.
"Even still now, I heard him talking about privatizing the city trash department, the pros and cons of that, and building the city hall," said his son, Newport Beach orthodontist Steve Wynn. "He took pride in the city and enjoyed being here."
Current City Manager Dave Kiff said that in retirement Wynn joined "a nice cadre" of former Newport Beach administrators who stayed active in the city, dispensing wisdom and keeping an eye on the latest issues.
"He'd every now and then say how he thought things were going," Kiff said. "He was always there, able to give advice, if I wanted it."