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Carroll Joseph, Dr. Bellis  
Dr. Carroll Joseph Bellis 1908 - 2015 Prominent Long Beach Surgeon Dr. Carroll Joseph Bellis passed away February 3, 2015 peacefully in his Rolling Hills home. Dr. Bellis was an accomplished musician; his piano playing put him through medical school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Bellis studied at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his Doctorate in Medicine as well as PhDs in physiology and surgery. During World War II, Dr. Bellis worked as the surgical consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to California in December of 1946 where he performed over 28,000 herniorrhaphies at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach until he retired in 1995 at age 86. Dr. Bellis' medical career spanned 60 years. All his life, he enjoyed teaching, writing, reading, playing music, loving his family and caring for his sweet dachshunds. Dr. Bellis invented and perfected the mersilene mesh hernia procedure and was the first to perform herniorrhaphies as an out-patient surgery. He was named Fellow in Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and he instructed surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Minneapolis Surgical Society awarded him a medal for "Service to Humanity" in recognition of his studies in spirometry and atelectasis after surgery. He was Phi Beta Kappa, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and was certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bellis was the author of fifty-two publications in surgical and physiological literature including three books: Fundamentals of Human Physiology; Critique of Reason; and Lectures in Medical Physiology. Dr. Bellis raised two wonderful boys, Joseph and David, who were both accomplished musicians and teachers. Dr. Bellis is survived by his loving wife, Mildred; daughter, Ann; grandson, James; his nephews, nieces and friends. He is described by many as a great man. Always humble, Dr. Bellis requested no Memorial Services be held. Please sign the guest book at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 1, 2015

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Colevins, Neke  
Neko D. Colevins June 13, 1923 - February 23, 2015 Neko was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents immigrated from Greece to America in the early 1900's. Neko's father died when he was very young. His single mother raised her family of five during the Great Depression. During these rough times his family owned and operated a community store and sold to a clientele of all races and religions. As a result, his family suffered cross burnings on their property. Neko lied about his age to enlist in the Army during WWII and was in the Battle of the Bulge-European Theatre. He also served on the Nuremberg trials. After the war he traveled the world working primarily for the Associated Press. In the early 1960's, Neko moved to California where he worked as a color photography technician. He worked with many Hollywood celebrities on their portfolios as well as many other projects. A series of Neko's color photos can now be seen in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Neko and his business partner purchased and maintained several properties in the Venice area of Los Angeles where he resided most of his life. As a lover of the arts Neko was one of the founders of the Venice Art and Street Fair. His love of the outdoors led him hiking and climbing mountains all over the world including the Himalaya's. He was a staunch conservationist and a member of the Sierra Club. Orthodox Christianity and his Greek roots were a constant in Neko's life. He tried his hand in iconography and traveled to Russia, Turkey, and Greece to study the art. He was well versed in his beliefs and was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, Joy of All Sorrow Orthodox Church in Culver City, and St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. In his years at St Katherine he was involved in many aspects of the church as well as encouraging St Katherine's ministry for disadvantaged and runaway youth. In 2011, Neko was honored at a dinner at Loyola Marymount University for his unwavering support of the Greek community. Neko loved his church, Greece, art, music, books, cooking, gardening and traveling the world. He maintained a close relationship with his cousins and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Constantine, Peter, George and Ann. He is survived by his nieces, Annells and Helen Colevins, Constance Colevins-Tumlin and Vanessa Lentz; nephews, Chris Clanton; cousins, Taso Dimitracopoulos and Taso Manos, and many friends. Service will be held at 11:00 Thursday, the 26th at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church with burial to follow at Green Hills. Visit to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 26, 2015
Collins, Daniel  
Daniel Patrick Collins Daniel Patrick Collins, passed away on Monday February 23, 2015 in Torrance, CA. Born in Torrance, on July 13, 1959, Daniel was 55 when he died. Daniel was a member of Holy Name Society of Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church and named after Monsignor Daniel Patrick Collins from Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. He attended Calle Mayor and graduated from South High School in 1978. Daniel was a successful Journeyman roofer for over 30 years and started his own business, Collins Brothers Roofing, in 1987. He lived for his grandchildren and family and loved including them in activities such as piloting aircraft, boating and skydiving. He also loved talking with friends and enlightened many people with his natural comedic talents and his impersonations, especially his favorite, Rusty Shackleford. Dan was constantly involved with the local law enforcement community and one of his favorite times was when he was a Secret Service escort and met President George W. Bush. He also loved going on ride-alongs with TPD and helicopter ride-alongs with LAPD. He was very passionate about helping people and just a couple of the countless examples are him reuniting a local homeless man with his long lost daughter, whom he had not seen in over 8 years. Another time he and his twin brother, Tom, carried Shannon Lowry Garza, a woman unable to walk, all throughout the town of Medjugorje, Yugoslave, when she was on a Pilgrimage, and became life long friends. Daniel is survived by wife Cary Jo Collins; three children Michael (Tess), Jennifer (Cory Courselle) and Daniel Jr.; two grandchildren Quinn and Caden. He is also survived by mother, Betty Collins, and eight brothers and sisters: Mike (Wendy), sons Michael and Brian; Maryann (Chris Larson), daughter Sarah; Cathy (David Sanders),sons David Jr., Jay, Chris, and Nick; Steven (Debbie), sons Jeff and Jonathan;Christine (Jim Happgood), daughters Rashell and Jackie, sons Justin and James; Thomas, son Thomas Jr. and daughter Nicole;Harry (Lisa), sons Christian, Harry, John and daughter Emily; John and daughter Kelly and Claire, and sons John Jr. and Joe. He is also survived by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father Harold Collins Jr, and grandson Landon. Visitation 4:00 to 8:00pm Friday, February 27, with a recitation of the Rosary at 7:00pm, all at Rice Mortuary,Torrance, CA. The Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or in care of Jen Collins, at 2407 Gramercy Ave, Apt B, Torrance, CA 90501. Visit to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 26, 2015

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chatburn, fred  
Fred Chatburn Fred was born November 20, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and passed away February 6, 2015 in Riverside, CA after a short illness. He and his family immigrated to Inglewood, CA in 1920 where he lived for 60 years, graduating from Inglewood High School in 1933 and from Los Angeles City College in 1958. Fred married Gladys Griggs in 1939. After Gladys' passing in 1995, he married Mildred Buttram in 1998. Mildred passed away in 2013. Most of his working career was spent in Banking, first with Citizens Bank and later with Great Western Savings where he retired in 1981 as a Branch Manager. Fred is survived by 3 children, Gary Chatburn of Riverside, CA, David Chatburn, Bonney Lake, WA and Mary Gammon, Delaware, OH. He is also survived by 2 stepchildren, Jim Buttram, San Pedro, CA & John Buttram, Palos Verdes Estates, CA; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A celebration of Fred's life will take place at his son's home in Riverside on February 28, 2015. For further information, please call 951-689-7666
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Published in Daily Breeze from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2015
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