Amador Espinosa
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Amador B. Espinosa
Amador B. Espinosa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 9, 2013. He was born on August 20, 1923 in Gardena, California. His family moved to Redondo Beach three years later and was a lifelong resident. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, taking part in 30 bombing missions. After the war, he went back to his job at the local theaters in Redondo Beach. He was a hardworking man, holding down another job at Marshall Anderson, a produce company in Los Angeles. He also went to Woodbury College completing a coursework in Foreign Correspondence. One day a police captain from Redondo Beach asked if he wanted to join the police department. Amador thought it was a good idea and went through the application and testing process. The 1950s was not an easy time for Mexican-Americans. Though he was qualified for the job, he was denied the position due to his race. This did not deter Amador from serving his community. He took the next best position at the Administration Division of the Redondo Beach Police Department. He began his career as a Clerk Stenographer in 1956, working his way up as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police, serving 8 Chiefs over his 37-year career. He was responsible for numerous tasks, including managing the Chief's day to day schedule, court paperwork, personnel transactions, correspondence and acting as an interpreter. Serving the community is in Amador's DNA. Taking only about a 6-month hiatus after his retirement in 1993, he came back to the Redondo Beach Police Department as a volunteer, a task he joyfully tackled for 19 years. He has served the RBPD and the community for a total of 56 years. Amador thought of others first before himself. He was dedicated and loyal to the Redondo Beach Police Department and its members. If you were to look up the following words in any dictionary: public servant, generous, thoughtful and selfless -Amador's picture would be there. He is survived by his children - Paul, Ann, Kathleen (and Gary), and Stephen; and grandchildren - Angela, Jaclyn, Brigitte, and Eric. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90503. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. James Church 415 Vincent, Redondo Beach CA 90277, followed by the interment at Pacific Crest Cemetery - 2701 182nd St. Redondo Beach, CA 90278. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Amador Espinosa may be sent to the Salvation Army Redondo Beach - 127 W. Beryl St, Redondo Beach CA 90277. Services can be viewed online at Sign the guest book at

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Published in Daily Breeze from May 17 to May 19, 2013.
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May 22, 2013
Dear Amador,

It was a special honor to know you Amador, and to consider myself a friend. I'll sure miss dropping by your home in the courts (9 times out of 10 waking you from a nap!) and badgering you with questions about your service in the Army Air Corp and your flavorful life in Redondo Beach, your beloved city and the city where you are a well-known and beloved man and hero. You never turned me away all those times when I dropped by--even if a game was on! The Catalina Courts will NEVER be the same without you there. I'm certain, though, that you'll be missed by all living there much more than any other resident who has ever come and gone, though I feel that both residents and visitors alike (like myself) will still feel your spirit present there. I'm also certain that I'll personally miss your humor, your kind eyes and smile, and your voice and gentle spirit.
Thank you Amador for your service, both in the Military and in your Civil Service position--you've made the world a much better place not only for your family and friends, but all the world by making, as you did, the ultimate sacrifice.
With much fondness, may God bless you Amador, and a big adios from your amigo Patrick Tierney
Patrick Tierney
May 21, 2013
So many people loved you, Dad. You will be deeply missed. I hope you're smiling your beautiful smile from your new home. You found it and I am happy for you. I love you. Were having that party in your honor. Here's a picture of your Redondo Beach for you,

May 19, 2013
Amador, I will miss you. Thanks for being such an all around cool old dude, and thanks for for all of your years of military and civilian service when it was hard, troop. Run up Number One! Run up Number Two! Chocks away! Take a heading, and watch your six! HOOAH!
Stefan "Doc Elmo" Elming
May 17, 2013
He was a great man. He was a friend of my dads and was always so kind to me.My thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest in peace Mr.E. Mary Carron
May 17, 2013
were gonna miss him at Spires ,,,he was soo sweet and funny too,,so sorry for your lost ,,god bless,,,
Bobbie+The Spires gang !!!!
May 17, 2013
My sympathies to the Espinosa family. May God help and comfort you at this difficult time. Psalm 86:17
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