Obituaries

Sean “Smitty” Smith passes after surfing in the morning, playing volleyball in the afternoon.

Sean “Smitty” Smith passes after surfing in the morning, playing volleyball in the afternoon.

Former AVP volleyball player Sean “Smitty” Smith passed away April 22, following a morning spent surfing and an afternoon spent playing volleyball in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was 52.…

Manhattan Beach’s Smith was retired Naval officer, social leader

Manhattan Beach’s Smith was retired Naval officer, social leader

Don Smith, of Manhattan Beach, a retired Naval officer and social leader, passed away on April 26 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance at the age of 92.…

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

David “Sleepy Eyed Dave” Letchworth, a central figure in the South Bay bar and restaurant business, dating back to the Pier 52 and Schlumpfelder’s bars he owned in downtown Hermosa Beach in the early 1970s, passed away March 7, at age 78. His memorial service is Sunday, May 7 at his former Poncho and Wong's restaurant in King Harbor.…

Hermosa Councilman Brutsch legacy includes Noble, South and Green Belt parks

Hermosa Councilman Brutsch legacy includes Noble, South and Green Belt parks

Former Hermosa Beach city councilman and former city treasurer Gary Brutsch passed away while driving from the gym to Eat at Joe's, his favorite breakfast restaurant, on Tuesday, April 11. Brutsch was instrumental in the establishment of the Noble, Greenbelt and South parks. …

Teenager killed in Palos Verdes skateboarding crash

Teenager killed in Palos Verdes skateboarding crash

by David Mendez A Manhattan Beach teenager was killed last Friday in…

Don Swift was Redondo Beach Topaz Jetty Kahuna

Don Swift was Redondo Beach Topaz Jetty Kahuna

Almost every day for nearly five decades, Swift sat in his spot, 40 yards southwest of the end of the Topaz jetty waiting for the next set wave. The carpenter and surfboard shaper passed away Sunday from a brain tumor. …

McHattie catches final wave at Boneyards in Palos Verdes

McHattie catches final wave at Boneyards in Palos Verdes

Dale McHattie was sitting on his board at Boneyards in Palos Verdes, after having caught a nice wave and paddling back out to the lineup, when he fell backwards into the water. Fellow surfers Steve and Gary Randle pulled him from the water and rushed him to shore.…

Nancy Reviczky was longtime Hermosa activist

Nancy Reviczky was longtime Hermosa activist

Longtime Hermosa Beach activist Nancy Paulette Reviczky passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and family on Thursday March 16 at the age of 66. She had battled Type 1 Diabetes since the age of seven. Her husband of 29 years was former Hermosa Beach Mayor and Council member J.R. Reviczky.…

Music community mourns passing of Manhattan Beach’s Ben Beverly

Music community mourns passing of Manhattan Beach’s Ben Beverly

Manhattan Beach native and former Mira Costa High School football player (class of ‘96) Ben Beverly passed away Friday at his Highland Avenue home. Beverly was well known in the South Bay music community for his work with Pennywise and Jack Johnson’s label Brushfire Records. He was equally well known as one of the South Bay’s most genuine, kind-hearted and vibrant characters, according to lifelong friend Aaron Osten.…

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