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Gardner, Richard Nathanael (In Memoriam)  
November 11, 1924 - May 3, 2015 In loving memory Gone but not forgotten
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to May 3, 2016
Harris, Donald P. - Los Angeles  
April 7, 1950 - April 1, 2016 Donald Harris, the former President of Domestic Distribution at Paramount Pictures and executive at DreamWorks and AMC Theaters, has passed away after battling brain cancer. Don's love of the film industry began at a young age. His grandfather opened the first Nickelodeon theater and his father, John, created Ice Capades where Don's mother, Donna Atwood Harris, was the star. He was also heavily involved in Variety, The Children's Charity, which his father founded in 1927. Don's focus was on bettering the lives of Ukrainian orphans. He helped clothe over 600 children in the first year, which was the first winter that no child died. Don continued to raise money and, in 2013, was able to go to Ukraine to see the dormitory that was built to provide healthcare, showers and food for these children. He frequently told his girls "you should leave the world a better place than it was when you came into it." In addition to his work with Variety, Don also coached several girls' softball teams, many of which included his three daughters. He worked behind the scenes to help the girls on his teams maximize their opportunities and get into elite colleges. Prior to having children, he coached Little League and youth soccer teams for several years in the San Fernando Valley. Don was a proud graduate of USC and a die-hard USC football fan. He attended every game over the last 9 years, even while he was sick, with his friend and ESPN host, Steve Mason. Don was surrounded by his children, wife, twin brother and close family when he passed. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan, his three beloved daughters Lindsay, Kelly (Greg) and Bailey, his grandchildren Kolton Carter and Karson Don, his twin brother Dennis (Marian) and sister Donna (Gary), his four nieces Gretchen McCourt (Larry), Heidi Budreau (Eric), Brittany Greenfield and Donna Harris. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations for the Ukrainian orphans to continue Don's legacy ( http://apps.variety.org/portal/open-fundraisers-secure?PFR=3 ) or to the UCLA Brain Cancer Research Fund ( https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=168 ). Don's service will take place on May 17th at The Cathedral of Our Lady Of The Angels at 1:30pm followed by a celebration of his life.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016
Hawes II, James Edmond - Los Angeles  
July 5, 1934 - March 20, 2016 James Edmond Hawes II, Esq. passed away from congestive heart failure at his home in Huntington Beach on Sunday, March 20th, 2016. With three degrees, four law books, three ex-wives, three children, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, one sister and a number of cousins he will be missed for his humor and generosity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to continue the Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation's work - inventnow.org .
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2016
Holmes, Catherine B. - Los Angeles  
Holmes, Catherine B., retired Deputy, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, passed away on April 23, 2016. Catherine joined the Sheriff's Department on October 25, 1965 and retired from Men's Central Jail on March 30, 1974. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 801 E. 28th St., Los Angeles, CA 90011 beginning at 2:30 PM on May 21, 2016. Submitted by the Sheriffs' Relief Association.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 29, 2016
IKEFUGI, Chiyoko - Los Angeles  
IKEFUGI, Chiyoko (84) Passed away peacefully on April 2, 2016. She is survived by her loving family; husband, David Ikefugi; daughter, Pamela (Jonathan) Kluver; son, Wayne (Amy) Ikefugi; grandchildren, Katherine, Nathan and Diana; also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. Services will be held privately. www.fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
Jackson, Gabrielle Barbara - Los Angeles  
January 9, 1968 - April 9, 2016 Gabrielle Barbara Jackson, a resident of Torrance, CA, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Born in Fullerton, California, Gabrielle was 48 at the time of her death. Gabrielle grew up in Whittier, California, the youngest of a family of seven children. She attended St. Gregory the Great Elementary School and St. Paul High School, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University at Fullerton. She is survived by her beloved son, Robert Villa, Jr., and five siblings. Gabrielle was called "Gabby" by her friends and "Dolly" by her family, revealing the great affection felt for her by those who knew her. She was a force of nature; a fierce ally and a loyal friend. Her quick wit and sharp intellect could move you to laugh harder than you thought possible. Even as she battled cancer, she never lost the ability to make everyone around her laugh. Gabrielle was a selfless person who looked out for her friends and family. She was an intellectual with the humor of Joan Rivers, whom she adored. Gabrielle's beautiful smile paired with her emerald green eyes gave her a beauty everyone was attracted to. Her personality made you feel so warm and loved that being around her was something special. Despite the past year of hardship, she still kept a positive attitude throughout, a testament to her character. She has left such a great imprint of love with so many people that she will be always remembered and deeply missed. She had a special bond with her son, Robbie, and had such a generous nature and open mind that her home was often a haven and gathering place for Robbie and his friends. Gabrielle loved Howard Stern (only the early years), Jay Thomas, margaritas, stand-up comedy, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and her dog Smokey, but she loved nothing or no one more than her son, Robbie. During her 13 month illness, Robbie was always at her side. Services will be private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2016
Kramer, Kenneth Lee - Los Angeles  
October 6, 1943 - March 18, 2016 Ken L. Kramer, film preservationist and historian, passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles (Sylmar) at the age of 72. He leaves behind his loving companion and wife of 37 years, Kathy (Losso), son Jayson, grandchildren Kyle, Austin & Ryan, and brothers Ron & Robert. Born in New Jersey, Ken moved to Los Angeles in the late '40's, where he ultimately became part of the first graduating class at Grant High School in Van Nuys. Ken fell in love with the golden age of Hollywood, and movies on film became his passion. He was a savvy collector of feature films, ultimately becoming an activist in film preservation. Ken wore many hats in his career, from directing & writing documentaries, to owning stock footage library, The Clip Joint for Film. He screened many of his rare prints not only at his private theater for friends, but also at the Motion Picture Academy, where he produced several star-studded evenings, including a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the original cast of 1958's "Damn Yankees." Ken lived a Technicolor life. His sly sense of humor, heartfelt compassion for those treated unfairly, and endless stories of old Hollywood will be forever missed. Please check for updates regarding the future celebration of Ken's life at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/kenneth-kramer-obituary?pid=1000000179545023
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 26 to May 1, 2016
Linick, Frances - Los Angeles  
January 21, 1919 - April 25, 2016 Frances Linick passed away peacefully April 25th holding the hand of her devoted only child Barbara Morse. She was 97 years old. Franny was married 72 years to her beloved husband Mort, whom she met at age 16. They lived in Leisure Village for more than 30 years and had a beautiful life together. Franny enjoyed traveling, square dancing, mahjong, reading, and classical music. She spent many wonderful years with Barbara, and her granddaughters, Stefanie and Andrea. She took into her heart her adopted son Mark Caplan and his children David, Paula, Carrie and Chad. She loved and adored her great-grandchildren Joshua, Hannah, Evan, Harrison and Chloe. Services will be held at Mount Sinai Forest Lawn Drive Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 pm.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 30, 2016
Magistro, Charles Mario - Claremont  
November 18, 1924 - April 21, 2016 Charles Mario Magistro, 91, of Claremont passed away on April 21, 2016. Charles was born to Michele Angelo and Maria Concetta (Sutera) Magistro in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on November 18, 1924. Charles, known as Carmelo to his Sicilian family, shared an indomitable spirit with his sister, Anita. They also shared a love of music -- she played the piano, he the violin. Charles spent his elementary and high school years preparing for a career in music. His teacher had been a pupil of Leopold Auer, renowned violinist, composer, and instructor. Upon graduation from high school, Charles was offered scholarships to the New England Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute. While World War II raged in the Pacific Theater, Charles entered the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was discharged in 1946 as a First Class Pharmacist's Mate. Charles subsequently enrolled in Pomona College in Claremont, while working part-time at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland where he met Mary Noël Etchart, a vibrant woman of French Basque descent, who was working as a pharmacist. The couple married in 1948, and then moved to New York, where Charles received his degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1950. Soon thereafter, Charles and Noël returned to Southern California, where Charles took a position as a staff physical therapist at Casa Colina, founded in 1936 in response to the polio outbreak. In a hacienda-style house, the founders created a space to care for young children with polio, and teach them how to regain their mobility and self-esteem. In the process, the team developed breakthrough physical therapy modalities for these patients. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, himself a polio victim, applauded this groundbreaking work, referring to Casa Colina as "the Warm Springs of the West." While at Casa Colina, young Charles was credited with, and recognized for, implementing numerous techniques to improve the treatment of children with poliomyelitis, burns, and other debilitating musculoskeletal conditions. In 1954 Charles was recruited to develop the first hospital-based physical therapy program in the region at Pomona Valley Hospital, where he remained as the department's director until his retirement in 1989. He also participated in the development of similar physical therapy departments at San Antonio Community Hospital, Glendora Community Hospital, St. Bernadine's Hospital, and Goleta Valley Hospital. Throughout his distinguished career, Charles played an active role in the development of the profession of physical therapy and received many honors and awards for his contributions to the growing field. During a period of nearly five decades, he held several high-level appointments in both state and national professional associations, including serving as the President of the American Physical Therapy Association. Charles was among the original founders and directors of Chino Valley Bank, which was established in 1974 with the aim of creating a local financial institution that would serve small businesses in the Inland Empire. With dedication and integrity, Charles helped shape the success that became Citizens Business Bank, currently one of America's best-ranked banks. In 2002, Charles established the Magistro Family Foundation to support non-profit activities and organizations in the areas of education, health, and human services. Since its founding, and with the joint efforts of his wife and daughters, the charitable foundation has made annual donations to worthwhile causes. Charles never stopped cultivating his lifelong passion for classical music and opera. Ever the mentor, he is remembered for coaching his grandsons as they tackled intricate passages on the piano. "Stop! Now, play that again, and this time I want to hear those keys cry." Charles is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Noël, and their four daughters and their spouses: Paulette (Budd) Simpson of Juneau, AK; Elise (Joe) Baumgaertner of Claremont, CA; Andrea (Jon) Nadler of Santa Fe, NM; and Maria (Peter) Sherry of Nyack, NY as well as ten grandchildren (Kevin, and wife Carli, Ian and Erica Simpson; Julia, Michael, and Gabriel Baumgaertner; Roland and Ethan Nadler; Stella and Sofia Sherry) and great-grandson (Beckett Simpson). Charles' son and namesake, Charles (Chuck) Magistro, Jr., preceded Charles in death in 1985. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Upland, followed by burial at Bellevue Memorial Park.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016
Pigott, John T. - Los Angeles  
January 30, 1920 - April 12, 2016 Died in Bradbury, California, he was 96. Born to Bessie (Ashton) and John Thomas Pigott, Sr., John grew up in San Francisco, California, with two older sisters, Elizabeth Pigott Yost (deceased) and Virginia Pigott Coleman, of San Francisco. He attended Grant School, then Thacher School, in Ojai, CA. He was an excellent student and continued his education at Yale University, receiving his Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Bachelor of Laws degree, both with honors. He went to war, for 4 years, as a naval officer, fighting in Europe and Japan during World War II, earning several medals for his valor and heroic conduct. His memories of the war were published in a small book, Destroyer Man, which brought to life one of the defining periods of The Greatest Generation. In 1950 John began the practice of law with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, in Los Angeles, where he had a long and distinguished career. Those lucky enough to have corresponded with John know that he raised the level of letter writing to an art form. In 1953 he became the devoted husband of Joan Alice (Krieger). They loved to camp in the desert near Hesperia, where they ultimately built a home with room for their horses. They remained together until her passing, in 2014. Their marriage was a true partnership and they pursued a variety of interests, always together, and never without at least one dog. They loved horses, too, racing a thoroughbred at Santa Anita, in Arcadia and they bought a ranch in San Francisquito Canyon for training their championship cutting horse. Through the years they owned three boats and spent tranquil weekends sailing to and anchoring at Catalina Island. In later years their granddaughters became their biggest joy and they bought a house in Northern California when they were born. John embraced life, making many friends along the way. He recently gave his time to the Sierra Madre Historic Preservation Society, greeting their curious museum visitors, keeping small toys in his pockets for the bored little children in tow. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his kind and generous spirit, his wonderful letters, stories and witty anecdotes. John is survived by his daughter, Alison Allen and granddaughters, Ashton and Lily Allen.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
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