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Richard (Dick) Bringuel
1928 - 2012

Dick Bringuel died peacefully at home on September 3, 2012 due to complications from several long-standing illnesses. Dick was born in Maui, Hawaii on August 7, 1928. He grew up in Wailuku, located in his beloved Iao Valley. As a teenager, he picked pineapples on Molokai and worked at American Can Co. to help earn school tuition. He was a proud alumnus of the St. Anthony School for Boys, where he played varsity football and graduated in 1947. After high school, Dick joined the Army with his ukulele in tow. Based on his performance in basic training, he was selected for the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA. On a dare, he volunteered for paratrooper training and wound up earning an assignment to the renowned 82nd Airborne. After the Army, he lived in San Francisco for a while, but the cold and fog disagreed with the "Maui boy" in him, and he moved south to Los Angeles. There, Dick met and courted his neighbor, Marjorie (Midge) Geauman. They were married on August 4, 1956, and this year celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary while Dick was in the hospital. Dick worked in the machine shop at McDonnell Douglas before attending UCLA's Anderson School of Business, from which he graduated in 1959. He was promptly hired as a buyer for Hughes Aircraft, where he earned a reputation for his strong work ethic and penchant for stubborn negotiation. In 1963, he and Midge settled into what would be their permanent home in R.P.V., which was then a new development that still had some dirt roads. In the ensuing years, they were blessed with two daughters, Denise and Monique. In 1968, Dick was given a two-year assignment in England working on the European Communication Satellite Program. While living abroad, the family grew again with the addition of their son, Kevin. In 1989, after 30 years of service at Hughes, Dick retired as Department Manager of Materiel. Dick was known as "Mr. Fix-It" to many neighbors in Rancho Palos Verdes as well as in his part-time home in Kula, Maui. He will be remembered for his musical talents - his beautiful tenor singing voice and playing the organ and ukulele - as well as for his love of cooking (and eating!), Notre Dame football, Dodgers baseball, the 82nd Airborne, St. Anthony's, and all things Hawaiian. He is survived by his wife Midge and the family's vigilant dog Bella; daughter Denise Fakhri and granddaughter Leila Fakhri of Torrance; daughter Monique Palmer, son-in-law Mike "Drew" Palmer, and grandchildren Sophia, Ethan, Julia, and Faith of Austin, TX; and son Kevin Bringuel of San Francisco. Services will be held at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Rd. (at Crenshaw) in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday September 8th, at 10:30 a.m. Reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Pulmonary Rehab Program or Cardiology Department. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 6, 2012
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