Lloyd Reid Hurley
Born in the rural mining town of Van, West Virginia on March 7, 1925 (start of dad's beloved major league exhibition baseball season) Lloyd Reid Hurley passed to Our Lord on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
In 1942, at the tender age of 17, Lloyd left high school and enlisted in the Marines, joining the 2nd division that fought bravely during World War II. He saw heavy action, storming three beachheads including Iwo Jima and Saipan and saw things no teenage boy should ever see. In 1956 Lloyd was honored with other young men on the television show THIS IS YOUR LIFE with Ralph Edwards. Featured along with Lloyd was Guy Gabaldon, winner of the Silver Star. Lloyd was a Purple Heart recipient.
After the war, Lloyd an irishman, would meet the love of his life, Ann Nappi Bisignano, a beautiful young Italian girl from Providence, Rhode Island. Under the Truman administration, Ann worked at the Pentagon as a young secretary under eventual president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Coincidentally, Lloyd delivered groceries to the Eisenhower residence as part of his post-war duties.
Ann and Lloyd first set eyes on each other on a trolley car near Alexandria, Virginia. Ann exited the trolley and Lloyd made a quick decision to exit the same street car at the next stop. Running around the block and feigning that he just "so happened" to bump into her again; their fate was sealed.
Lloyd married Ann at the age of 20. Their marriage would brighten the faces of angels for over 64 years. Their marriage would also produce five gifted children: Diane, Buddy, Christine, Annemarie and Kelly. They would all eventually graduate from various universities, also becoming outstanding leaders in the field of education. Ann and Lloyd would also be blessed with ten wonderful grandchildren and five beautiful great grandchildren.
Lloyd loved to fish, yet as a practicing Catholic, never forgot his obligation to Mass on Sunday. In 1955 he took his son, Buddy, fishing as he would with his sons often in the future. Rowing a rented boat out into the Pacific Ocean he locked onto a huge fish that towed the small vessel further into the ocean. But, unlike the fisherman in the OLD MAN and the SEA the line eventually snapped. Lloyd managed to row briskly back to shore with Buddy and made it on time to the 12:15 Mass at his beloved parish - St. Cyprian's in Long Beach.
Lloyd a builder, master landscaper and outdoor visionary worked for Southern California Edison for 35 years, retiring twice at the age of 55 and then again at 60; yet only to continue to work on his dream ranch in Murrieta, California. Almost singlehandedly with a rented skip loader he carved out over 3,000 square feet of hillside, producing a pad where he would build his final home overlooking 120 citrus trees (he planted himself) and the Murrieta Valley..
Lloyd was also a coach, guiding the unforgettable local Tiger's youth baseball team to a very young Lakewood, California City Championship in 1958. His coaching led to the athleticism of his children and grandchildren that is still championed today.
Simply put, Lloyd loved his sweet "goodies" nearly as much as he adored his wife and children. Life because of the war provided him with complexities that only served to strengthen his resolve and those of his wife and children. Today his legacy lives on through the dedication of his children to their professional and personal lives. The unconditional love of his wife Ann has also inspired those of us who were so privileged to have been touched by her life. Today they are joined in heaven, happy forever, blessed and loved by those much greater than us.
We will miss you both, yet share in the comfort that someday all of us will join together in praise and thanksgiving for the enduring faith you have nurtured in us. God bless you Mom and Dad. Please sign the guestbook
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 11, 2013