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Robert Emil North, Jr.


1957 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Robert Emil North, Jr. Obituary
May 1957 - December 6, 2010

Our beloved husband and father Robert (53) was born in Hawthorne, CA to Robert E. North and Eve Thompson. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side from a six month battle with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nancy; two wonderful sons, Robert and his wife, Nina and his son, Jeff; as well as 5 sisters, Teresa, Cindy, twin sister, Robin, Pamela and Pat; also, stepmother, Anna; stepbrothers, Chris and Charlie; and stepsister, Carol. He was a wonderful uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He started washing and fueling airplanes planes out of San Pedro High School in 1975 at Torrance Airport where he discovered his love of flying and became an accomplished pilot that would last a lifetime. He owned his own trucking company for a time driving all over the 48 states enjoying every minute of traveling the U.S. He later worked managing Tips Cadillac in Torrance for many years, successfully turning wrenches and learning an in depth heavy line automotive background. He then moved on to a great position with Snap-on Tools for 7 years as a heavy equipment sales manager and trainer for all of California. Finally, 1994 to present, he was hired working for Pacific Crane Maintenance Co. as an ILWU Local 13 mechanic for the LA and Long Beach Harbors. He achieved his dream of becoming an instrument rated pilot and joined the Civil Air Patrol and was honored to hold the title of first lieutenant from South Bay Senior Squadron #129. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held at Green Hills Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 1pm.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 11, 2010
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