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James Garner. Submitted photo.
Antoinette Berget July 21, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Our new friend Ron, from New York, gave me a cd of the NOTEBOOK, wow, I fell in love with JamesRead More Garner all over again. He was wonderful, on the screen and off. No scandals and married for so long. A truly wonderful man. Thank you God for sharing him with us for such a long time. He will be missed. Antoinette
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue July 21, 2014 at 06:44 pm
I LOVED the Notebook. A great story.
Jim July 22, 2014 at 06:52 am
An easy going guy who was easy in the eyes. Thanks Jim !
Nicole Brown Simpson's family. Photo courtesy of Tanya Brown.
Happy Camper July 6, 2014 at 03:06 pm
RIP Mr. Brown. You finally get to see your angel, Nicole. At 'Brainwashed_In_Church': Once again,Read More why are all your posts so negative? Nevertheless, I'll pray for you.
Brainwashed_In_Church July 6, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Negative isn't the same thing as realistic.
imcjl July 9, 2014 at 09:41 am
Brainwashed, perhaps you're praying to the wrong God or not praying at all? Or maybe you mock whatRead More you fear (or don't understand)? Since you seem to see yourself as all-knowing (others might say a know-it-all), can you say definitively praying accomplishes nothing? Or are you just saying in your life? Most people don't pray as if it to do so is the equivalent playing the lottery (if I play enough, I will eventually win/get what I want!). Praying is a personal conversation with God, and not all prayers are answered. And no doubt you've prayed and felt your prayers went unanswered. Get in line...and realize going to God in your need or suffering is not like going to see the wizard of Oz. While I am confident none of this will change your mind, am curious what happened to you that causes you to mock/insult or verbally attack strangers who have their own beliefs that are not yours?
Maya Angelou. File photo/Wikimedia.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Computers and virtual machines can write poetry (and play chess) better than humans can anyway.Read More Poets are obsolete.
Jim B. May 29, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Andy, you are a troll and an ahole.
SA May 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Power to the People! @ Jim you should get a handle on your anger issues.
Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.
nitagregory April 9, 2014 at 08:00 am
I can only hope I make it to his age. Way before my time but what I've seen of him is amazing trulyRead More original
Penny Arévalo April 9, 2014 at 08:42 am
Unfortunately, there's trouble brewing in his family, which is feuding over where to bury the bodyRead More http://studiocity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mikey-rooneys-family-feuding-where-to-bury-the-body
Sayona April 9, 2014 at 10:07 am
Wonderful. Most disgusting power play ever- squabbling over the issues of a deceased person. ThoughRead More Rooney should have had a will that specified that issue of burial. Still remembering Gregory Peck in that uniform right now...............
Twitter photo of a young Hobie Alter.
RWO March 31, 2014 at 03:51 pm
When I was a teenager,I worked for Hobie and harrison ,,H&H graphics,,,the firstRead More surf products in capo beach,,we sold tee-shirts with a logo on them,,we will paddle out for you,, Hobie RIP ,, my friend
Charles C. Hale March 31, 2014 at 08:31 pm
A Laguna great. Anyone know if hobie was lbhs?
Jim Reardon March 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Hobie surfboard, Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie sunglasses, not to mention the wetsuit, shorts, sandals,Read More etc. I'm still wearing the sunglasses. The rest is fond memory, and dust.
John V. "Jack" Foley. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District.
Patsy Morris March 25, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Subtitle says that he had a "batter with cancer". RIP.
D. Jude March 25, 2014 at 03:26 pm
karma..goes around and comes around........maybe next will be Brian D"arcy~~!!
Lisa Ohlund March 29, 2014 at 01:11 am
Mr. or Ms. D. Jude - If by karma you mean that he will have a wonderful afterlife because of the wayRead More he lived this life,then I would agree with you; Col. Foley was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman and a heckuva water man. If you mean something derisive, then you never met him, and I will pray that one day you will rest in peace.
Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 12, 2014 at 07:07 pm
If you ever get a chance to watch "Hail Sid Caesar!", it's a fantastic documentary. I'veRead More always found it fascinating that modern day comics continue to speak of Sid in awe and admiration.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 07:27 am
No question Caesar was a genius but he also had a great eye for talent, hand picking his co-stars onRead More "Show" and writers, Mel Brooks, an 18 year old Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner to name some of the most prominent. I had the great privilege and pleasure to see Mr Caesar give a two hour talk in the board room of the Screen Actor's Guild on Wilshire just east of the La Brea Tarpits about 8 years ago. Although the once tall and strapping Caesar had become shrunken and bent with age, once he was seated on the dais with moderator Joe Mantegna, you'd have thought you had been transported back to 1954 as Caesar came alive telling us of his memories working with all these great talents while tossing out some of his best bits- the foreign language imitations being as fresh and funny as they were on "Show of Shows". It was a night I won't soon forget and I am so glad I was able to see him in this small and intimate room. Rest in Peace, Sid. We won't be seeing your like again any time soon.
GreenInOC February 13, 2014 at 08:21 am
@Dave, what a treat - I wish I had been able to listen to him speak in person.
Brad Sachs' Chicago tribute band plays the Anaheim House of Blues in May 2008. Photo courtesy Doug Heiser and Mike Johnson.
Mike Johnson February 12, 2014 at 08:27 am
When I spoke with Ms. Arevalo regarding my business dealings with Andra and my two years, or so,Read More being a member of his band, I neglected to say something that is very important. While no one knows why this happened, it certainly appears like they upset someone. NO one deserves to die like this. No family should ever be put through this. If someone was wronged by them, they should have sought out a legal remedy. This isn't the wild west where you take matters into your own hands. May God be with the injured child, and the whole family.
Scott Schmitt February 12, 2014 at 08:53 am
Well said Mike...
Arvella Schuller died today. She was married to Robert Schuller, with whom she co-founded Crystal Cathedral Ministries. Patch file photo.
Carol February 11, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Guess we know who has the money to do whatever they wish.... "In February 2012, the church'sRead More property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million. The church is making $29 million in renovations to the famed Garden Grove cathedral"
Paula Thomas February 12, 2014 at 07:57 am
Aside from all there problems of recent times they touched so many lives with the good news messageRead More of our living Christ. When involving families in any business especially in-laws it usually becomes problematic. It's a shame that at the end of their lives, after so much good they had given to OC and the world, it had end sadly. RIP sweet Arvella Schuller
Pascal February 12, 2014 at 06:47 pm
What is money, though, really? Did someone see an actual exchange taking place? Since all of us areRead More related, one way or another, including animals (since apparently a Chimpanzee's DNA is 98% identical to a human's) and humans are not a majority on earth, what constitutes money? Wouldn't that be that which is most valuable to the majority? Therefore.... air? Water? Then how is it quantified? What the heck is a dollar? Just saying..... not that I have a solution to the problem.
Cathy Von der Ahe. Photo courtesy of O'Connor Mortuary.
Jonathan Volzke January 14, 2014 at 04:38 pm
A sad loss for the community. My prayers go out to her family.
Alberto Barrera January 15, 2014 at 02:22 pm
As a student who received tutoring from Cathy, I am saddened and surprised by her passing. She wasRead More very kind and patient with every student she encountered. My thoughts are with her family.
A memorial display for Lucia Garcia outside a San Juan Capistrano home. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Donna Fleming December 12, 2013 at 09:09 am
RIP Lucia...you are missed by this little girl... You made a difference in her young life.
Luis Silva's picture at a San Juan Capistrano barbershop where he worked. Photo courtesy of Sally Rather.
Matthew Keune December 11, 2013 at 03:52 pm
My condolences to his family. He was a good barber and always super friendly. RIP
Mechelle Lawrence Adams December 11, 2013 at 05:29 pm
Spoke with our good friend Jose, the father of Luis, who works at the Mission. He said the patchRead More did not speak to his family about posting the video. I want to set record straight. He was upset about it. Thanks to all who have supported this wonderful family. Jose, his dad, works at the Mission and is a valued member of our work family. We will be there to support him. And his wife and daughter.
sallyg_rather December 12, 2013 at 12:15 am
Our good friend has so many friends in San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and all over! Luis is veryRead More much loved and he came from a wonderful family. God bless them and keep them in the days ahead.
Keith Petrin died last week. He was 52. Photo courtesy of the Swallows Inn.
Karin Barbee October 31, 2013 at 10:08 am
Keith came to visit my family in 1985, from Kenosha, WI, we lived in San Clemente at the time. HeRead More ended up falling in love with the area and staying with us for 5 years. Keith also fell in love with the Swallows Inn and country music. Once he learned how to dance, well we all know how it took over! He was a fantastic dancer and the ladies couldn't wait for their turn for him to take them around the dance floor. Keith suffered a stroke a few years ago that probably would have put a stop to most of our lives, but not Keith. Even though he could dance like he once had, he still got on the dance floor and had a good time. Our family stayed in touch with Keith over the years and will miss him terribly. He was my girls big brother and my adopted son. We love him and are devestated by his passing. He will be in our hearts forever. R.I.P Keith...Karin Cash-Barbee
Penny Arévalo October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am
Thank you for sharing, Karin.
Wendy Cash Smisek November 3, 2013 at 02:16 pm
November 03, 2013 Keith you were my brother, the son my mother never had & a loving brother toRead More my sisters after coming to California. You came here for a fresh start back in early “80’s”. You grew into a hard working gentle man & flourished in your work & many passions, enjoying the beautiful sunny days at the beach, going out on the town & dancing your heart out, falling in love with your 2nd wife Melody, becoming a master electrician. You enjoyed so many beautiful times with your adopted family, sharing a home with my mom & 3 sisters for so long how you handled all those women for so long I will never know but I thank you for watching over my family & being there for all my children's births as well as everyone of our birthdays & holidays for well over a decade. I am so sad we didn’t get more time in the last decade. I know you have been through so much the last 5 years & I will be forever sorry I wasn’t able to help you more. Thank you my friend, my brother for the warm hearted funny moments we shared I will forever treasure them. Your warm smile & dimples will never be forgotten. Rest now, in peace free of pain. All my love, Wendy ~ Wendy Smisek, Orange, Californ
YouTube screenshot of Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, who died today.
Craig Whittaker October 3, 2013 at 11:30 am
It was Easter 1971. My wife Jeanne and I rode our bikes from Capo Beach to Calvary Chapel CostaRead More Mesa. Before the service began Pastor Chuck gave an invitation to follow Christ and the two of us accepted. Life has not been the same. Pastor Chuck's presence, influence, wisdom and joy has been ever present in our lives. We will miss him. I can almost hear him say 'What a Glorious Day'. Capo Beach Church has it roots in Chuck Smith Senior. Out of his Christ like love of acceptance forged the Jesus Movement. A lyrics to a song we sang in the early days: 'it only takes a spark to get the fire going'. We were part of that flash point and witnessed the spread of the gospel and to Seniors honor we flourish. You will be missed. Craig
Stewart Wilshire, 21, of San Juan Capistrano died last week in a car crash. Photo courtesy his family.
Barb Wynn-Terry September 10, 2013 at 09:01 pm
Victoria is right, the family is still suffering so much. He was my cousin and we are still inRead More shock. He was wearing his seatbelt. I think that people that don't have facts should not make assumptions. Please consider the feelings of the family before leaving comments.
Ashley perrone September 11, 2013 at 02:36 pm
Miss and love you Stew. I think about you everyday and can't imagine that I will never see youRead More again. You are a brother to me and my family will always hold our fondest memories in Cali and Pittsburgh, close to our hearts. My brother carries you as his best friend for life.
F U October 18, 2013 at 05:52 am
This proves there is justice in the world. He was an asshole and I'm glad he died.
A candlelight vigil forTyler Scheurenbrand, who died Friday. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
southcountynative August 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Sadness fills my heart.
Alberto Barrera August 21, 2013 at 12:19 am
Wow, I didn't realize it was him....
Kevin Luxon August 22, 2013 at 01:22 pm
I am saddened by the news. My daughter called me in a Panic on Tuesday praying her friend MadisonRead More was okay. God bless you Tyler and may your spirit live on forever.
Hangin' Judge Chris Phillips during the 2012 Hoosegow Day. Patch photo credit: Vicki Finelt
Stephanie Frisch May 21, 2013 at 11:35 am
Chris was a true gentleman and had respect for everyone he met and a deep respect for his country.Read More He held out a lot longer than any of us that were aware of his situation had thought he would. He had battled cancer off and on most of his life and he did it in a way that showed how brave he really was. He was very spiritual and I know that he found peace in the end. Is spirit will live in our community forever and I hope pictures of his sheriff years will always be shown in the parade years to come
Marianne Viscuso May 21, 2013 at 11:52 am
I lost my daughter to a rare brain cancer in '05 she was 18 and a real pleasant young lady to beRead More around...so I do understand.
Nina Leone May 21, 2013 at 01:38 pm
I've know Chris Philips for many years, and am sadened by the loss for SanJuan and the FiestaRead More Association. Chris never had an unkind word for anyone and was a real true cowboy at heart. I wish for Carmen to be well and stay blessed. Nina
Buy My Bikes May 6, 2013 at 08:31 pm
Bobbie was a wonderful woman and will BEE missed by all! She was an asset to our wonderful town! SeeRead More you at the celebration of her life! Bicycle Jim!
DM April 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Robert Citron the only democrat politician in Orange County had us write out our property taxesRead More checks to him personally! Hmmmm......Putting a dem in charge of the people's money is like putting a fox in charge of the hen house!
Dennis OConnor April 16, 2013 at 02:09 pm
What a stupid comment to place in an obituary.
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