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Francis, Benjamin  
Benjamin Stuart Francis Benjamin Stuart Francis, born July 1st, 1955, died unexpectedly yet peacefully in his home on Wednesday, July 22nd. He just celebrated his 60th birthday. He was born in Auburn, CA, the second of three kids to Hugh and Rae Francis, and beloved brother to Martha and Katie. He was a lifelong swimmer, beginning his swimming career on the SPPY swim team. He graduated from Miraleste High School in 1972. Ben was a trusted lifeguard for these past 30 years. His most recent aquatic achievement was becoming the Cabrillo Beach Polar Bear King after swimming there every day of 2012. Ben was a general contractor who worked on commercial buildings, such as LA Times, LMU and USC campuses, and many more. His fine craftsmanship was admired by all. He probably has fixed or created something in your home. Ben shared his life with his wife, Theresa, for 28 years. She and their daughters, Jillian, 27, and Robin, 24, all share a profound love for the ocean, swimming and this amazing life. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9AM in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Center. 209 N. Hanford Ave San Pedro 90732. Parking on Sepulveda. In lieu of flowers, Ben would have wanted you to pick up trash at your beach, on your walks, and at your job sites. Please sign the guestbook at or .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 28, 2015

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Foster, Ernest Henry  
Ernest "Ernie" Henry Foster March 15, 1949 - July 18, 2015 Ernie passed away peacefully at his home. He was born in Torrance, CA to Homer and Bernice Foster, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Torrance High in 1967 and worked for a brief time at Northrop Aircraft. He then worked in the movie industry in transportation for many years. He became good friends with several well-known Hollywood actors. Ernie had a lifetime love of classic and antique cars. He opened his own restoration business and won awards for his excellent skills. He was a big fan of the annual Torrance High Alumni Car Show. Ernie was involved in Springer Spaniel dog rescues and especially loved his own dogs (and cat, tortoises and turtles). He enjoyed deep-sea fishing and participated in many shark fishing tournaments and was even in a reality TV series about it. Ernie had a wide variety of interests and brought his big personality wherever he went. He was noticed by all and loved by many. He is survived by his brother, Ed (Lynne) Foster; his nephew, Eric (Kylene) Foster; his grand-nieces, Hannah and Hattie; many cousins and so many close friends who loved and took good care of him. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fred Jordan Mission in LA, which had a special place in Ernie's heart. Memorial gathering for all will be Sunday, July 26th, 3-6 pm at the Carson Community Center at 801 E. Carson St. (park in East lot by DoubleTree Hotel). Please sign the guestbook at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 25, 2015
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