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Terry Floyd Atkinson


1947 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Terry Floyd Atkinson Obituary
Terry Floyd Atkinson

Passed away on the evening of Monday, May 23, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born April 26, 1947. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter, Jenny Burke (Patrick); son, Michael (Marie); step-daughter, Angie Weiss (Mike) and 4 grandchildren; as well as his sister, Christine Camelia, and brother, Duane. Terry grew up in Torrance where he played basketball, little league baseball, and spent time exploring the yet to be developed "swamplands" and beaches of the 1950's South Bay. He attended South High school and graduated in 1965. He then joined the Navy and was stationed in Guam, the Philippines, and China Lake, where he made life-long friendships. Terry and Wendy were married in 1978 and started their family soon after. Terry worked for the Torrance post office. After 36 years of delivering mail while having fun on the job with co-workers, he retired in 2012. His passions in life were his family, working on projects around the house and sports - especially golf. He coached both his daughter's and son's soccer teams and although he was known to "yell," and occasionally got red-carded, he loved every minute of coaching. Family time consisted of going to Dodger games, the movies, the beach, and sharing stories at the dinner table. He was the "cool dad" who was always outside playing with his kids and their friends in the neighborhood. Terry and Wendy enjoyed going to the movies and grabbing an In-N-Out burger, playing spirited games of ping pong, and working in the yard. Terry took great pride in his home and yard. Playing golf with his buddies was another one of his favorite things to do. He looked forward to weekly golf games and annual over-night golf trips with the guys. Terry also volunteered at a Rolling Hills Country Club as a marshal. He could often be seen riding his bike around town or at the beach. He loved to be outdoors and was the type of person who couldn't sit still for too long. Although his grandkids called him "Grumps" instead of Gramps, it was just an act. He was always teasing, joking, laughing, and he always had something funny to say to make you laugh or smile. He loved to make people laugh and he did it well. For all of these reasons he was loved by so many. He will be missed more than words can express. A private gathering will be held at the Atkinson home this weekend to share stories and happy memories. No crying allowed (as he would say). We love you and miss you so much Terry/"Babe"/Dad/Grumps. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 23, 2016
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