James Scott Foster
1930 - 2020
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Nov. 6, 1930 - May 11, 2020 James Scott Foster passed away May 11, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 89. He was born on November 6, 1930 in Nevada, Oklahoma, the youngest child of Theodore and Lucille Foster. When he was 9 years old, the family moved to Torrance, California which became his home for over 80 years. Jim was a U.S. Air Force veteran obtaining the rank of Airman First Class. He served his nation during the Korean War conflict. In 1955, he continued his quest to serve and protect by joining the Torrance Police Department. He retired as Lieutenant after 30 years of serving his community. He was a lifelong member of The American Legion, VFW, BPOE (Elks), and Torrance Police Retirees Association. Thoroughbred Racing was one of Jim's greatest passions in life. He began by owning his first horse at the age of 16. His love for the horses and the sport continued to grow throughout his entire life. Travelling to numerous race tracks throughout the country, while working with world renowned trainers and jockeys brought him joy and satisfaction. Jim was an avid marathon runner and the recipient of numerous medals. He especially enjoyed competing in the Torrance Police Olympics. He also played tennis on a regular basis with close friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie, of 29 years; children Gary (Laura), Glenn (Lynn), Arlene Gardner (Jim) and Colleen Cavalieri (Jay). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren whom he adored Nicole Abril (Julio), Alexa Cavalieri, Troy Cavalieri; great grandchildren Cole Abril, Cade Abril; his sister Dorothy Bruffett and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Simmons. His family, friends and all who knew him are grateful to have had him in their lives. He was loved and will be greatly missed. At a later date, a Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held. The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to Dr. Mary Beth Miller for her compassionate care.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 17, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
Bonnie, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you love.
Wayne & Kay Mcgill
Patricia (Kay) Mcgill
May 17, 2020
RIP old friend. It has been a pleasure to know you. Show the Angels how to read the Daily Racing Form. God Speed.
John Whitman
May 17, 2020
After spending nearly 35 years as a police officer, I can say that Jim Foster was one of the best supervisors I ever worked for. He really knew how to handle his people in a special way. I never saw him talk down to anyone or ever force his personal agendas when things needed to get done. Although he had been retired for many years, I often thought about him. My condolences to his family.
Paul Hill
May 17, 2020
Sending condolences both my parents spoke highly of Jim. I remember him coming to see my father as he suffered with dementia being so kind and the two of them talking horse racing such a good day in so many bad. May he Rest In Peace.
Roberta OToole-Monson
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