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Roy R. Newton

Roy R. Newton, passed away January 21, from complications related to cancer. He was born, in Dillwyn, Virginia, on New Years Day, in 1946, the youngest child of Mildred and James Newton. After his mother died 18 months later, Roy was raised by his grandparents, Pete and Belle N. Banton, returning to live with his father as a teenager. At 22, he trained at Ft. Bragg, and served for 13 months in Vietnam as an M.P. with the Army First Air Calvary. He felt the lure of California, and arrived in 1971. He joined Redondo Beach Police Dept. a year later, and served for 30 years, founding the Redondo Beach Crime Scene Investigation program, traveling around the US to attend FBI Forensic classes. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal, and a member of the hostage negotiation team. He was also in the K-9 corps. He learned the locksmith trade, and had a mobile locksmith business for 15 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Harriet, and stepdaughter Elizabeth Baierlein and granddaughter Claudia in Dresden, Germany. He is also survived by his 3 siblings, Celia N. W Branch of Va., James Newton of KY and Nancy Newton of CA. Also half-brothers Aubrey, Bobby, Clyde, Steve, Dell Newton, and one half-sister Brenda Lindberg. He was preceded in death by half-siblings Donald Newton, and Bonnie Londeree. Since his retirement in 2002, Roy and Harriet have been traveling the world,enjoying life, and visiting their daughter and 4 year old grandchild Claudia in Dresden, Germany. He loved the fishing trips to Alaska with Tom MacIsaac, and the guys. Roy's love for his family and friends was boundless, and he was always the generous friend to anyone in need. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. No one will ever fill the void he leaves , but we are happy that he is at peace. We will have a memorial celebrating Roy's life at the Seacoast Church in Redondo Beach, on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1pm. 310-379-8431. All are welcome. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 31, 2014
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