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Charles Milner

Charles "Chuck" Milner, local businessman and entrepreneur, died on October 7, 2016. Born on December 22, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa, he followed in the footsteps of his father and four uncles and was a reporter in Iowa and the Dakotas before coming to California in the early 1950s. It was in 1962, while working as a banker at the Bank of America in Redondo Beach, that he met the love of his life, Judy Longley. What followed was a true partnership as they pursued their life's calling as small business owners in the South Bay. First was World Rarities, a gift-and-pet store in Torrance, followed by a breakfast-and-lunch diner in the Torrance Market. In 1972, they opened up shop on the Redondo Beach Pier, a decision that led to a 42-year odyssey over the ocean. Beginning with Pier Imports gift store, which eventually grew to two locations, at different times they also simultaneously owned and operated Good Stuff t-shirt shop on the lower deck of the Pier and Hudson Ruggles in Ports of Call Village in San Pedro. Following the Redondo Pier fire in 1988 that claimed Pier Imports, they opened the Shark Attack gift shop that housed a taxidermy Great White Shark. This was where they continued to work as a team until 2014. Chuck was loved in life by Judy, his partner of 54 years and wife of 45 years; Terri (Joe) Tarquini, his daughter; E.J. Stetson, who he considered his son; and Josie Tarquini, his granddaughter, as well as a multitude of family and friends who he held near to his heart. Chuck was known for his zest for life, his love of the underdog, a booming laugh and a true love of life's little serendipities, which he seemed to discover everywhere. He loved nature, especially camping in the Sequoias and Yosemite, and took great enjoyment in a good chili dog, a cold beer and playing cards. He accomplished life dreams by taking trips to Alaska and Ireland and, last year, spent a week at a dude ranch and rode in a World War II bomber. He has now moved on to his next adventure. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 6, 2016
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