Clinton Leonard "Pete" Ellis
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Clinton Leonard "Pete" Ellis For our "Sweet Pete", A Kind, Dedicated and Entertaining Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Coach Clinton Leonard "Pete" Ellis of Torrance, CA passed away on May 10, 2020, at the age of 95. Clinton's health declined in his last year and he died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. Clinton is survived by his wife, Patricia Agnes (nee Horn) Ellis, eight children, Rebecca (Steve) Connolly, Julee Trader, Clint (Susie) Ellis, Mary Lawrence, Bill (Dana) Ellis, Alan Ellis, Paul (Alexandra) Ellis, and Amy Ellis, 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Clinton was born December 12, 1924, and grew up in St. Louis, MO. Clinton's mother, Verna (nee Bell) passed away in 1935. His father, Alvin Ellis, fell on hard times and Clinton was placed in foster care with the Abrassart family. Clinton acquired the nickname "Pete" in high school. Pete enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and was stationed near London, England,1944-45. As a flight engineer, he flew 37 missions in the war. Pete is a proud veteran and he always wore his WWll Veteran cap! Pete achieved a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master's degree in Recreation Education from Cal State L.A. Pete moved to L.A. in 1951 and taught middle school with the Lawndale school district from 1953 to 1986. He also worked for L.A. County Parks and Recreation from 1952 to 2000, primarily at Bodger Park in Hawthorne. Pete inspired many with his kindness, humor, and open heart. He was a tireless and devoted worker, and a positive role model for the hundreds of children he taught and coached. A memorial is postponed due to covid-19 health precautions. You can join us in celebrating Pete's life through his FaceBook profile: Clinton Ellis (Pete).


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 23, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
Pat, Amy, and Clint..... I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Ellis' passing. He was a lot of fun. Gary and I spent a lot of time visiting with him when he was coaching the kids in basketball at SCL. What a ball of energy he was! Blessings to you and your family during such a sad time. May he RIP!
Kathy Braasch
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
My condolences to Mr.Ellis family, friends and loved ones
May he RIP
He was such a kind man who left such great memories of my youth
Rita Stroud (delaTorre)
Student
May 24, 2020
We have been neighbors with Pete and his family for 45 years. He would always be out running and exercising and even up to his last months you could see him out there with his cane getting about. He was a funny guy he loved jokes, liked to tell you jokes, and loved to hear jokes. My husband is a big joker so every time he and Pete would see each other they exchanged jokes. He was a a very nice and warm person. We will definitely miss him and seeing him daily on his walks. I am sure he is telling jokes up there right now. RIP, Pete.
Dee and Patrick Hartigan
Dee Hartigan
Neighbor
May 23, 2020
Mr. Ellis was a coach during the '50s at jane addams park. He used to drive the tournament winners to Sportsman Park. We would come home with trophies and oh so happy! Table tennis was my game. He was always so much fun. My family loved the man. He also rode his bike everywhere. One day he was driving and stopped his car and told the tire"hey buddy get out from under my tire!" He had hit the driver's door before stopping making a loud noise. He was unforgettable! We need more like him. RIP always Angie moller, Fred Gomez and mom
Uffe Moller
Friend
May 23, 2020
Pete was a blessing to all of us who knew him at St. Catherine's. We loved to watch him coaching the students. His kindness and his cheerful smile gave us a lift whenever we met. Love to Pat and all the family. He will be missed.
Jeannie and George Nestojko
Friend
May 23, 2020
Great man..instilled physical education to our family starting in the first year of of schooling ...my main inspiration through -out my life..thank you for the many hours at Bodger Park watching and guilding us to the right things in life...R.I.P
Reynoso Family
Student
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