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  • Former Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook Dead at 79

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2020

    Former Santa Monica City Council Member Robert "Bob" Holbrook has passed away. The former Mayor had been ill for sometime, reportedly with Lymphoma. Bob Holbrook was born in Santa Monica in 1941. He attended local schools, graduating from SamoHi in 1959. Holbrook was first elected to the SMMUSD School Board in 1982, and to the Santa Monica City Council in for 35 years off and on, ending in 2014. Seen as a businessman and a voice of reason on the council, he played the opposition role to the...

  • Phyllis E. Morrison, 98

    Lena Jenkins, Phyllises daughter|Sep 21, 2020

    Phyllis E. Morrison, wife of Archie M. Morrison, passed away peacefully on 9/12/2020 in Eugene Oregon at the age of 98. Phyllis leaves behind her 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Despite her large family, Phyllis always made time for everyone. After raising her children, she began a career in nursing that was indicative of her love of helping others. Moving from Michigan to Santa Monica, Phyllis met and married Archie Morrison. Phyllis joined St. Bede's church in the...

  • Herman Cain Dead at 72 of Covid-19, after 30 days in the Hospital

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2020

    Former US Presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of coronavirus, his website announced. noted that he had climbed the corporate ladder at Pillsbury, then become known as the CEO of Godfather Pizza. Cain briefly led the 2012 Republican presidential candidate field. He dropped out amid allegations of sexual harassment. He became a conservative commentator with a show on Fox's Newsmax. Cain attended a Trump Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June. Some sources report that he...

  • Maurice Solomon, Former Owner of Fromin's Deli, Marjan's Deli, Dies at 81

    Melanie Shaevel, his Grandaughter|Jul 16, 2020

    My name is Melanie Shaevel, I'm the granddaughter of former Fromin's Deli and Marjan's owner, Maurice Solomon. I'm broken-hearted to write that my grandfather passed away on Tuesday after battling lung cancer, Parkinson's, and years of body pain. He is known all around Santa Monica and Brentwood as The Deli King, loved by so many. He could always be found behind the deli counter almost everyday of his life before retiring at age 79. But his license plate continued to read “The Deli King.” My...

  • You picked a fine time to leave us, Kenny Rogers. Dead of Natural causes at 81

    Stan Greene, Observer staff writer|Mar 25, 2020

    I met him once in a bar in Santa Barbara in 1983. I was barely old enough to get into the bar. I walked up to him and said "Kenny Rogers?" Yes he said thank you for all the music all these years I said and shook his hand. Kenneth Ray Rogers, 81, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. On March 20, 2020, Rogers died under hospice care at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a representative for the singer...

  • "Spock's Brain" Actress Marj Dusay Dies at 83, She was Remembered for Soap Operas as well

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2020

    Soap opera actress Marj Dusay has died at 83, says Elizabeth Perine in a Facebook post. Her stepdaughter posted that Marj "passed away peacefully" in her sleep on Tuesday. "She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed," Perine said in a Facebook post. I'm sure she was a more than competent actress, but the 1968 episode entitled Spock's Brain, in which Dussay starred, is widely regarded by Trekkies as the worst of the series. After NBC had...

  • Joanne Bonner Leavitt Memorial Service to be held January 19th at the Church in Ocean Park

    Observer Staff|Jan 16, 2020

    "Many of you have already heard that our friend Joanne Leavitt passed away on December 22, 2019," writes Louise Jaffe, SMC trustee. "I want to make sure you have the opportunity to join in fellowship as we say goodbye to our friend." "Whether you knew her through her work in the League of Women Voters, PTA, Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Committee, Early Childhood Education Task Force, Housing Commission, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, election reform ... or whether you knew her...

  • Shirley Caroline Skeels Svenson Memorial to be Held 1/24/2020

    Carolyn Lupe, Shirleys daughter|Jan 6, 2020

    Shirley Caroline Skeels Svenson, May 30, 1920 - December 11, 2019 Shirley, our beautiful Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, died gently at her home in Santa Monica, California on December 11 at age 99. She was born in Hastings, MN to parents Johannes and Marie Nord and raised in Preston, MN and Madison, WI. Shirley attended St. Olaf's College and graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she then worked and met Robert F. Skeels. Shirley and Bob were married on...

  • Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica, 82

    Sherry McIntyre|Dec 16, 2019

    Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica peacefully passed away with loved ones by her side at the age of 82, Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at NVM Comfort Homes in Granada Hills, CA She was born in Bell, CA on December 28, 1936 to the parents of the late Albert and Louise (Moon) Martin of Oxnard, CA. A graduate of Santa Monica High School, Peggy resided in Santa Monica for the greater part of her adult life. She is survived by her three children, James Connelly of Santa Monica, Sherry McIntyre of...

  • Peggy Ann Martin McIntyre of Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Dec 6, 2019

    Peggy Ann Martin McIntyre of Santa Monica died Wednesday Nov 20, 2019 at NVM Comfort Homes in Granada Hills. She was the wife of the late Carl McIntyre. She was born in Bell, CA on December 28, 1936. The daughter of the late Albert and Louise (Moon) Martin of Oxnard, CA. A graduate of Santa Monica high school, Peggy Ann resided in Santa Monica for the greater part of her adult life. Peggy worked for Packard Bell, RCA, Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Santa Monica...

  • Memorial Service for Angel's Tyler Skaggs at Saint Monica's Catholic Church

    Observer Staff|Jul 26, 2019

    Three weeks after his death, Angel's pitcher Tyler Skaggs was memorialized at Saint Monica's Catholic Church. The memorial service began Monday 7/22 at 11 AM. Admission was by invitation, and the memorial service wasn't publicized in advance. The private memorial will be aired tonight at 7 PM on Fox Sports Network. Busses brought in the Angels, who are not playing a scheduled game today. "There will be no body. Tyler was cremated, and his ashes have already been scattered," explained one of the...

  • Hundreds of Officers and Others Attend Funeral of Rashad Riley at St. Monica's Catholic Church

    May 1, 2019

    4/25 The entire Santa Monica Police Department, and officers from the CHP, Torrance Police Department, and other jurisdictions attended the funeral of officer Rashad Riley. Riley drowned on Friday April 12, while swimming in the waters of Kauai. Some remembered Rashad from working with Explorer scouts. They remembered him as a kind man who was always putting the welfare of others ahead of his own. Santa Monica Resident Elaine Golden Gealer attended the service, and wrote the following: Who Was...

  • CSUDH Physicist Kenneth Ganezer, 65, Dead from Vascular Dementia in Los Angeles

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 25, 2018

    Professor Kenneth Ganezer died Thursday of complications from Vascular Dementia. He was just 65. He was a kind and gentle man and teacher, who will be missed by his many friends and students. Ken was a physics professor at California State University Dominguez Hills from 1990 to 2016. He was renowned for his research into particle physics, and is credited with devising an experiment to prove the existence of Strange Particles. His research into Grand Unified Field theories proved central. "The...

  • Burt Reynolds Dies of Cardiac Arrest at 82. Star of Smokey & the Bandit, Deliverance, etc.

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    Actor Burt Reynolds has died of cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on September 6, 2018. He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years. "Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor - check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family," tweeted Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Perhaps most famous for the movies...

  • Aretha Franklin Dies From Pancreatic Cancer, in Detroit at 76

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    Aretha Franklin has died of cancer in hospice at 76 years of age. The "Queen of Soul" was surrounded by family and friends as she passed quietly. She will be memorialized at a service on Friday. While she is remembered for a string of hits in the 1960's, 70's and 80's, younger fans perhaps remember her for singing at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. A relative who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told...

  • Sports Writer Mitch Chortkoff, 78 Dies in Hospice. Memorial Services Monday

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 20, 2018

    Update: Services will be held on Monday July 23, 2:00 pm at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles Sportswriter Mitch Chortkoff died Wednesday in hospice of complications of diabetes. The former editor of our sister publication, the Culver City Observer, was 78 years old. Mitch started out as the public information officer for the Los Angeles Lakers, in the 1960's. After leaving the Lakers in 1978, he began to write for the Santa Monica Evening...

  • Art Hoffman Contributed to the Local Track and Field Scene for Decades

    Don Franken, Track n Field News|Jul 14, 2018

    Obituaries: Art Hoffman Art Hoffman, an LA sports icon, died July 9, 2018 at the age of 92. He helped many years on track meets, as an announcer and as an organizer. He was a great friend to many in the track and field and cross country world, in Los Angeles. Art Hoffman was born on November 24th, 1926. He: - Graduated from LA High in January of 1945 - Entered the Army at Fort Ort in January of 1945 - Stationed in the Philippines in 1945 during the last months of World War II - Attended LA...

  • Garry Marshall, Director of Flamingo Kid, Beaches and Pretty Woman & other films

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 8, 2017

    It has been just little over a year now since the passing of Garry Marshall. Garry was born in New York City on November 13th 1934 and passed away in Los Angeles, California on July 19th 2016. During those many years Garry Marshall accomplished more than the vast majority of people even dream of doing. Garry Marshall was a brilliant creative person who throughout his life brought joy and happiness to many by directing films such as Flamingo Kid, Beaches and Pretty Woman to name but a few. He...

  • Ice Cream King T. Gary Rogers Dies in Oakland. CEO of Dreyers, Safeway, Levis

    Zane|May 10, 2017

    The Rogers family announced the passing of T. Gary Rogers. He was the chairman and CEO of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream for 30 years as well as the chairman of Safeway Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Levi Strauss & Co. "Gary lived in Oakland, California, for more than 45 years where he provided leadership and vision to the city and numerous community organizations," said the family in a statement "His passionate devotion to the University of California, Berkeley, and its rowing...

  • Author Peggy Clifford Dies at 87 at UCLA Hospital in Santa Monica in March, 2017

    David Ganezer, Observer Publisher|May 3, 2017

    Peggy Clifford died on March 1, 2017, of congestive heart failure at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The nationally known author of "To Aspen and Back" was 87. She had a hand in founding the Mirror Newspaper in 1998, after editing the first issue of the Santa Monica Observer. That last fact is seldom noted; she is the one person who tied together the Observer and Mirror. She also founded a local news website, The Santa Monica Dispatch, after being fired from the Mirror in 2005. Peggy got her...

  • FoxNews Alan Colmes' Dies of Lymphoma at 66 years of age. Liberal Commentator

    Observer Staff|Feb 26, 2017

    Alan Samuel Colmes, 66, has died of cancer. He was an American radio and television host, liberal political commentator for the Fox News Channel, and blogger. Colmes died at a Manhattan medical center on February 23, 2017 after suffering from lymphoma. He was the host of The Alan Colmes Show, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show distributed by Fox News Radio that was broadcast throughout the United States on Fox News Talk on Sirius and XM. From 1996 to 2009, Colmes served as the co-host of...

  • Beach Boys' Mike Love says Coach Kampmann Inspired "Be True to Your School."

    Observer Staff|Jan 28, 2017

    Update: Coach Kampmann's Memorial is set for Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 am at University High School's Stivelman Theater. Mike Love, lead singer of the Beach Boys, ran for Coach Richard Kampmann at Dorsey High School in the late 1950's. He wrote to The Observer, recalling Coach K: What a great soul - our Coach Kampmann! I am 100% certain that his influence on me has been a big part of why the band did 172 performances in 2015 and 160 in 2016 and we are on track to do much the same in 2017. "Coach...

  • Beloved Actress Mary Tyler Moore Passes at age 80

    Liz Miller|Jan 28, 2017

    One of the most beloved actresses of the 20th c. died on Wednesday at age 80, reports her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum. Moore is best remembered for her ground-breaking TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Airing from 1970-77, the show was the first to show an independent, intelligent, woman in her 30s pursuing a career instead of just a husband. As Mary Richards, Moore was the face of sanity surrounded by a group of off-beat neighbors and newsroom work colleagues. Some episodes are...

  • Coach Richard Kampmann Dies at Age 92; UniHi and Pepperdine Will Miss Him.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 26, 2017

    Update: Coach Kampmann's Memorial is set for Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 am at University High School's Stivelman Theater. 2/23, 2 pm PST: With deep sadness, this message is to inform you that Coach Dick Kampmann passed away this afternoon at 2:12 p.m. at his home in Santa Monica. He was with family at the end and at age 92, lived a full and meaningful life. He and Deb are now once more united, forever. Bill Stimming is now busy making the necessary arrangements and there will be a memorial service for...

  • Wayne Barrett, America's top investigative Trump biographer, Dies at 71

    Zane|Jan 24, 2017

    "We are detectives for the people," esteemed journalist Wayne Barrett replied, when asked by his son's elementary class, what a muckraking reporter does. For over five decades Barrett reigned as the supremely incorruptible investigative conscience of New York City journalism. With respect to his legendary coverage of Donald Trump, The New Yorker's Jennifer Gonnerman said: "There may be no journalist who knows more about Trump than Barrett." Barrett, the author of the critically acclaimed...

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