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Gerald Locklin, a legendary local teacher, writer and poet who helped shape the literary landscape of Southern California for decades and was friends with the better-known Charles Bukowski, died from coronavirus-related complications Sunday, Jan. 17, said his son, Zachary Locklin. He was 79.

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Mary Thoits, the dynamic, fun-loving creator of Long Beach City College’s popular Senior Studies program — which attracted thousands of elderly students over four decades — died Saturday, Jan. 2, at her home. She was 97.

LOS ANGELES — Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86.

Frank Willis Butler, president and Chief Executive Officer of Catalina Yachts, died at Westlake Village on Nov. 15, 2020, from unexpected complications from a recent illness. He was 92 years old.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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