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Alexander, Gary  
In Loving Memory of Gary L. Alexander, Jr. Gary, sometimes known as Gar Bear, G-1 or Dogger, was born and raised in San Pedro. He has always been a hard worker even at the age of 9, from a paper route and working at Ramona Bakery to various Longshore jobs like Foreman and a great crane operator. He loved taking photos, traveling, golfing, making people laugh and enjoying his Vodka. Gary is survived by his wife, June, a loving family and great friends. Gary, you will be missed and never forgotten. We love you dearly. Memorial Services will be held, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:45 AM at Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In lieu of flowers, you can send a donation in honor of Gary Alexander to "That's Right Safety First" C/O 411 N. Harbor Blvd., #303, San Pedro, CA 90731. Please sign the guest book at DailyBreeze.com and Greenhillsmortuary.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2015
Arnold, Lesley Patricia  
Lesley Patricia Arnold June 1, 1952 - July 22, 2015 Lesley Arnold was born in Watford England. She grew up and attended school in Southend-on-Sea, near London. She earned a degree from Homerton College, Cambridge, England and taught elementary school in Cambridge. She married Graham and emigrated to Los Angeles, CA in 1980. There she brought up two children, Edith and Frank, with love, pride and commitment. Mrs. Arnold was active in enrichment programs in art and science in the San Pedro, CA schools and was librarian, teacher and served for a time as Principal at St. Peter's Episcopal Day School. Lesley loved art, the sea, and animals. Since moving to Huntsville in 2007 she expressed her love of animals, particularly lost ones, through volunteer work with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society Thrift Shop and A New Leash on Life. Lesley is survived by her husband, Graham Arnold of Huntsville, AL; daughter, Edith Arnold Sullivan (Alec) of San Francisco, CA; son, James Franklin Arnold (Michelle) of Houston, TX; mother, Joyce Bawn of Poringland, England; sister, Susan Utton, sister, (John) of Norwich, England; aunt, Dorothy Thomas of Framingham Earl, England; nephew, Christopher Utton, (Hyo Joo) of Ipswich, England; and niece, Caroline Utton Waran (Lucien) of Beckenham, England. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12200 Bailey Cove Road, Huntsville, AL 35803 with the service following at 2:00 pm. Memorials may be made to A New Leash on Life, Inc., P. O. Box 221, Brownsboro, AL 35741, 256-489-7387 (pets@anewleash.org); or the Greater Huntsville Humane Society, 2812 Johnson Road, Huntsville, AL 35805, 256-881-8081. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from July 28 to July 30, 2015
Cook Sr., Louis E.  
Louis E. Cook Sr. Born in Texas in 1938 loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2015. Graduated from Redondo High School and lived in Torrance for 51 years. He loved sports, coaching and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Ronnie, Louis Jr. "Bubba" and Johnny; two grandchildren, Dillon and Layla Cook; and daughter-in-law, Tina Cook. A Memorial Service is planned for 1:00pm, July 29th at Green Hills Mausoleum, 27501 S. Western Ave. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 28, 2015
d'Assalenaux, Louis  
Louis d'Assalenaux Louis Richard d'Assalenaux was born on January 4, 1924, in Oakland, California. His parents were Louis R. d'Assalenaux III and Elsie King d'Assalenaux. Lou attended schools in Oakland until the family moved to Los Angeles. He graduated from Hollywood High School. He enlisted in the Navy V12 program and became an officer in the Navy Seabees. He served in the South Pacific and Washington D.C., retiring as a Lieutenant J.G. An engineering graduate of Stanford University, he was employed by McCulloch Motors Corporation as an engineer, later Washington representative for the company and then Vice President of McCulloch Oil Corporation. When the corporation was moved to Houston, Lou decided to remain in California and worked as owner and President of LRD Securities Corporation. Retirement years were spent in extensive travel, playing tennis and golf. He was an elder at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Jack Kramer Tennis Club, was a founding board member of the Rolling Hills Country Club and a past President of the Stanford Alumni Club of Palos Verdes - South Bay. He enjoyed water skiing until age 79 and playing tennis until age 85. His survivors are his wife, Jody; daughters, Janis d'Assalenaux (Robert Sheppard), Debra Kelly (Timothy) and Dr. Richard d'Assalenaux; grandchildren, Kathryne Sheppard and Kevin Sheppard; great-grandchildren, Keaton and Korbyn; nieces and nephews; one cousin, Claudia Smith Hill of Willits, California. Lou passed peacefully on July 21, 2015, with his wife of 68 years at his side. Visitation Friday, August 7, 2015, 3:00-8:00 pm at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. The family requests that the Graveside Service be private. Memorial contributions in Lou's memory may be made to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and greenhillsmortuary.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 2, 2015
Davis Jr., John Thomas "Fats"  
John Thomas Davis Jr. "Fats" John Thomas Davis Jr., "Fats", 86, passed away peacefully at his home on July 6, 2015. He attended John Hay High School in Cleveland, Ohio, joined the United States Army and returned to Ohio to attend Miami University. He moved to Los Angeles, where he began work as a Supervising Probation Officer for 28 years. He married Janie Bertha Lovejoy and from this union two children were born. John is survived by his wife, Janie; his daughter, Carolyn Lovie and his son, John Thomas Davis III. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 2, 2015
Durian, Joan  
Joan Elaine Durian Joan E. Durian passed away on July 16, 2015 at the age of 84. Joan was born September 2, 1930 in Wayland, Iowa and had been a long time resident of Torrance, CA. Joan enjoyed her life as a Homemaker, and volunteer for many organizations, such as Carr Elementary PTA and the Torrance Police Department. Joan is survived by her children, Barbara (Bob) Chriss, Diane (Bob) Lindall, Linda Priest, and Scott (Rhonda) Durian; grandchildren, Katrina (Louis) Russo, Jodi (Miguel) Gutierrez, Brandon Priest, Amanda Priest, Erin Priest, Jessica Durian, Anna Lindall, Sarah Durian and Matthew Durian; great grandchildren, Joseph Gutierrez, Christian Gutierrez, Aaliyah Lottie and Louis Russo along with a brother, Doug Troutman. Joan is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Durian, parents, Delbert Troutman, and Catherine Conway, brothers, James, Robert, and Byron Troutman and great granddaughter, Elizabeth Gutierrez. Visitation for Joan will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 3-8p.m, with a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:00p.m at Green Hills Chapel.
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 27, 2015
Edmonds, Darrell  
Darrell Edmonds September 27, 1930 - July 23, 2015 Darrell passed away at his home from cancer, with his wife by his side! He was born in Storm Lake Iowa to Carl & Marie Edmonds, who preceded him in death! He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and then came to California in 1955 and worked for Hughes Aircraft, as an Engineer, till May 1985! He had a love of airplanes (and owned a few) and received his private pilot license, in Laurens, Iowa at the age of 16! He also had a love of cars and was the proud owner of his 1967 Mustang Convertible!!! He always had a smile on his face and was a true gentleman! He is survived by his wife, LaVerna Edmonds, sons, Steve Edmonds and Mike Edmonds (preceded him in death); and daughters, Rhonda Castro, LaDonna Rothfus and Sondra LeMaster; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society www.RelayForLife.org/TorranceCA in his name! A Celebration of Life will be held on August 30th, 2-6 PM at the Son's of Italy in Torrance! Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015
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 mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on July 28, 2015
Freese, Kathleen Kennedy  
Kathleen Kennedy Freese 6/03/1949 - 7/25/2015 Kathy graduated from UCSB in 1970 making many life-long friends as a member of Alpha Chi Omega. She taught for 37 years with the Torrance Unified School District, spending 17 years at South High until she retired in 2008. Besides teaching, she was a savvy business woman owning a tutoring business and many real estate investments. Her favorite roles, though, was wife and mother. She loved her husband, Lloyd, and her sons, Patrick and Jonny. She is predeceased by her son, Jonny; her father and sister, Pat. Besides Lloyd and Patrick, she is survived by her mother, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held on Mon., Aug. 10th, 11 AM at St. Lawrence Martyr, 1900 S. Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 2 to Aug. 9, 2015
Gomez, Frank "Goggles"  
Frank "Goggles" Gomez Frank was born November 17, 1953, a lifelong Wilmington resident and ILWU 13 member, joined the Lord at the age of 61 on July 22, 2015 after a short battle with cancer. Frank is survived by his wife Mary (Rangel) Gomez; children Frank Jr, and Tony Gomez, Marina Linares and Lisa De La Cruz. 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and goddaughter Sandra Rangel. Siblings Ernie Sedano, Ofelia Lopez, Virginia Pereira and Ramona Gomez. Services for Frank will be Monday, August 3rd from 5:30pm-9pm with a rosary at 7pm at Green Hills Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. A holy mass will be held on Tuesday August 4th at 10:00am at St. Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington, burial following at Green Hills Cemetery.
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Published in Daily Breeze from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2015
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