These photos were taken Saturday, January 27 at The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, in El Segundo, where a couple hundred friends and family of Phillip Alan Stadden gathered to celebrate Phil’s life.
Phil was born March 12, 1947, and was taken from us October 21, 2023 after a short bout with prion disease, a disease I had never heard of before, but is apparently always fatal.
Phil was a long time painter of classic cars and motorcycles which resulted in him becoming a member of the Hamsters USA club in 1991. For those unfamiliar, the Hamsters are a motorcycle club that, at least at the time, was made up of the cream of the crop when it came to builders of custom motorcycles.
My relationship with Phil was pretty much a six degrees of Kevin Bacon scenario, and even at his celebration of life yesterday, I learned of even more people that I have been friends with for decades that were also friends of Phil; suffice it to say, Phil had many friends.
Phil is survived by his only son, Jeffrey Alan Stadden, Jeffrey’s wife Shannon, nephews Todd and Trevor Stinson, and his life partner, Linda James.
Rest in Peace, my friend.
These photos were taken Saturday afternoon in Rancho Palos Verdes, where friends and family gathered to celebrate and congratulate Alyson for having graduated the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BS (Bachelor of Science) in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics; try saying that five times fast.
Alyson was joined by her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, her boyfriend, and classmates from both high school and college. After taking some time off for herself, she plans on going for her Masters.
Congratulations Alyson, I am sure you will go far. Continue reading
These photos were taken Saturday, June 5 at El Nido Park in Torrance; the occasion being JoJo’s first birthday. JoJo is the son of Gilbert and Krissy, whose engagement photos are also on this site. JoJo and I are good buddies, so I was honored to photograph his birthday as my first children’s shoot.
Happy birthday, little guy. Continue reading
These engagement photos were taken at King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach. As Krissy and Gilbert’s first date was at a brewery, it was pretty appropriate that Gilbert proposed to Krissy at their favorite brewery. They will be married in May 2020.
Congratulations! Continue reading
These photos were taken November 6 at the funeral and Celebration of Life for my good friend; George “The King of Spain” Montoya.
George passed away October 1, 2017 at the age of 67. He was born on November 29, 1949. He loved our country and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1970-1971. George received a Bronze Star among other medals.
George was laid to rest, with full military honors, at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada on November 6, 2017; the Celebration of Life was held at Paddy & Irene’s Irish Pub in Sparks, Nevada, one of George’s favorite places to go and play music.
If you knew George, you knew someone. Rest in Peace, Brother. Continue reading
These photos were taken at the Free Food Tasting & Networking event hosted by the United Small Business Alliance and Small Business EXPO at El Pollo Inka in Rolling Hills Estates on Wednesday afternoon.
The event featured a few samples of El Pollo Inka’s Peruvian foods and an opportunity to network with other small business owners. I arrived a little late so the food was a little sparse, but as you can tell by the photos, there was plenty of networking being done.
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William “Bill” John Hertan, Jr.
April 16, 1925 ~ February 9, 2015
Bill passed away after a long and eventful life. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to North Holly Wood, CA at the age of 1. He was a General Agent for Knights of Columbus for Northern CA and Nevada. Prior to that he was a salesman for Jack Daniels and worked in the movie industry and the newspaper industry. During his time at Knights of Columbus he worked with and assisted many families to secure their futures. He was a very devoted and faithful Catholic and his work represented that faith and devotion. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his wife and the mother of their 12 children, Marjorie Ann Hertan, and his sons Bruce, Brent and Brian, he is survived by his wife of 13 years Erma. He is also survived by his loving children William J. Hertan, III, Robert E. Hertan (Cecilia), Rebecca M. Dziarnowski (Mike), Bradley J. Hertan (Christina), Barry J. Hertan (Lisa), Bernie A. Hertan (Kimberely), Bryce E. Hertan, Brett E. Hertan (Karen), Bart P. Hertan (Heather). 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Bill was most proud of his family and affectionately referred to them by number. He enjoyed westerns on TV. His biggest hobbies and enjoyment was helping others, selflessly volunteering his time and resources to many causes. He was a true giver in all ways. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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These photos are from the graveside service at San Fernando Mission Cemetery and lunch at The Bear Pit BBQ. Continue reading
The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation with Executive Director Chris Wolf and Board President Grace Yeh, present A Night with Bill Engvall. The event was held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center’s James R. Armstrong Theatre and was a fundraiser for the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. Torrance local Gary Brightwell opened the show for Mr. Engvall.
The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundations provides arts and entertainment programming with professional artists in music, dance, comedy and drama performing live at the Armstrong and Nakano theaters; for adults and children. The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is non profit and anyone can become a season subscriber or donate. Please visit http://www.torrancearts.org/ to see what events are scheduled for this season. Continue reading
These photos are from the wedding of Rebecca Johnson to Todd Worley which was held on September 27, 2014 at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Crafted is located at 112 E. 22nd Street in San Pedro, California. Continue reading
Photos from Willie & Nadja’s visit to Torrance. July 2013. Continue reading