On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, surrounded by close family, Charles Merrill departed this world. He was 86 years old.
When Andy Osman, Poly High School’s beloved “Mr. Music Man,” was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago, he met the life-threatening disease with characteristic aplomb.
Bruce Flanders, the legendary public-address announcer who became the longtime “Voice of the Long Beach Grand Prix” and entertained racing fans for more than 40 years, died Friday. He was 75.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s stepfather, Greg O’Donnell, has died from coronavirus complications, the city’s elected leader announced Monday, Aug. 10 — two weeks after the mayor lost his mother.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s mother has died due to coronavirus complications, he announced Monday, July 27.
Jean Longaberger lived in Long Beach for 74 years — and for the majority of that time she volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Long Beach chapter of the YLI, a Catholic charity.
Angela Madsen, the 60-year-old three-time Paralympian and Marine veteran whose goal was to set a world record as the first paraplegic, first openly-gay athlete, and oldest woman to row across the Pacific Ocean, has died.
Larry Curtis, Long Beach’s “Music Man” who conducted the city’s popular Municipal Band for summer concerts for 27 years and was Long Beach State University’s conductor of bands for 25 years, died Saturday, June 13. He was 82.
Gary Scott Miltimore, one of yachting’s most beloved characters, died peacefully from complications of stage 4 melanoma on June 2. His wife of 28 years, Diana Jennings Miltimore, was at his side.
Cynthia Desatoff, 67, who helped found the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon and successfully fought Los Angeles County over water quality there, died April 27 at her home.
When Tom Clark started his first term on the Long Beach City Council in 1966, he never imagined that it would lead him to setting a record for longest serving elected public official in city history.
Layla Ali-Ahmad, the founder of Beach City Food Tours, lost her six-year battle with breast cancer on March 19. Although she grew up in Irvine, Layla found true connection in Long Beach, where she moved after college.
Joe Picarelli, who immigrated to the United States from Italy without knowing any English and became one of the most popular restaurateurs in Long Beach, died Sunday, March 22, his brother, Frank Picarelli, said. He was 65.
Jerry Neal Tretter, well known yachtsman, outdoorsman and third generation owner of landmark Marina Shipyard, died unexpectedly last week during a motor home trip.
Bill Barnes, a legendary educator and coach who mentored thousands of Long Beach students and left a legacy as a trailblazing civil rights leader in the community, died Monday, Dec. 16. He was 89.
Longtime Peninsula resident and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club member Isabelle Lounsberry passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, with her daughter Robin and son-in-law Mark Townsend at her bedside. She leaves her daughter, two granddaughters, Jennifer Kopp and Megan Smith, and four great grandchildren.
LaJuana Rudy, a Naples and Bay Harbor resident for several decades, died suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 13. LaJuana, affectionately known as LJ, was the neighborhood Mom for many who grew up in the Naples and Belmont Shore communities.
Barbara Alpert, a leading supporter for the Long Beach Jewish community through educational and cultural programs, especially for children, died Sunday, Nov. 24, according to her family. She was 88.
Rodoulla Loizides, wife for 55 years of restaurateur George Loizides, died early Monday morning, Oct. 21, just six days after her husband also died. She was 77.
George Loizides, popular owner of George’s Greek Cafe and the “smiling greeter of Pine Avenue,” died of cancer Tuesday, Oct. 15, at his Long Beach home. He was 83.
Cardinal William J. Levada, who rose from altar boy at Holy Innocents Church and graduate of St. Anthony High School in Long Beach to the highest-ranking American prelate at the Vatican, has died. He was 83.
Dr. Matthew Jenkins, a self-made millionaire who grew up on a farm in Alabama and quietly spent his money helping thousands of children get a better education in Long Beach, has died.
Pamela Seager, credited with leading the Rancho Los Alamitos historic site to prominence, died Saturday after a stay at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Jim Lincoln, loving husband and prominent member of the Long Beach sailing community, passed away in his sleep at the age of 61. He had recently completed sailing in the 50th Transpacific Yacht Race on board Chubasco.
Long Beach lost two of its legendary community leaders, from different generations, within days of each other over the weekend.
Ilee Kaplan was well known in the Long Beach arts community both for her own work and for her longtime position as associate director of the University Art Museum at Long Beach State University.
The woman killed in a crash at the end of a police pursuit in Long Beach on Tuesday was 41-year-old Jessica Bingaman of Long Beach, authorities said on Wednesday, May 8.
Robert E. Fronke, a longtime, trailblazing city auditor who fought for the independence of the auditor’s office in making better use of taxpayer money, has died. He was 92.
Bill Lorbeer, described as a relentlessly positive man with a huge heart and a Belmont Shore fixture, died April 21 at the City of Hope Medical Center surrounded by family.
John Dever, a former combat Marine, was a tough, no-nonsense kind of guy who is credited with bringing stability to Long Beach as city manager following a tumultuous period in the city four decades ago.
Laura Mathews lived a life of service, from helping entertain and care for other children in the Depression to the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II as the only woman electrician working to decades as a Long Beach Police Department volunteer in many roles over 36 years of helping.
Even while she was fighting an aggressive form of cancer, Diane Reed, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity in Long Beach, inspirational teacher of children and community leader, had a smile on her face.
Dr. Harry Orme, M.D., the founding medical director for Miller Children's Hospital, died last month, family members said. A celebration of his life on Feb. 7 is being organized by Miller Children's and Women's Hospital staff.
Bruce Mulhearn, who started out in a small office in Bellflower 52 years ago and became a dominant figure in the Southern California real estate industry, died Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Andy Witherspoon, a local legend whose photographs chronicled the life and times of Long Beach for almost five decades, passed away Tuesday.