Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituary: Sally Nash Iorillo, 79; Toy Store Owner, Local Activist

  Sally Iorillo, who owned a popular toy store on Swarthmore Avenue in the 1990s, died in June at the age of 79. Sally was born on April 30, 1942, to Fredrick and Elizabeth Nash. She grew up on Lake Minnetonka in … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Gavin MacLeod, 90, Former Honorary Mayor and “The Love Boat” Captain

Gavin MacLeod, born February 29, 1931, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., passed away on May 29, at his home in Palm Desert. He was 90. Gavin served as honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades for five years (2006 to 2011) at the … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Col. Richard Littlestone, Community Activist, Responsible for the New VA Columbarium

Col. Richard Littlestone, a long-time Palisadian and activist, died in his sleep on May 15. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1923. In 2019, Littlestone wrote to Circling the News, “Thanks for the delightful article on Route 66. Our … Continue reading

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Obituary: Former Honorary Mayor Bob Abernethy Helped Create the Village Green and Community Council 

BY BILL BRUNS Circling the News Advisor ROBERT ABERNETHY Veteran television journalist Robert Abernethy, who died on May 2 at age 93, was an active community leader in Pacific Palisades when he lived here between 1966 and 1977. After working … Continue reading

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Obituary: Jackie Dyer, Trustee of the TEAK Fellowship, Which Honors Her Murdered Daughter

Jacqueline (Jackie) Dyer, who lived with her husband and their children in Pacific Palisades at one time, passed away in Venice on May 3 at the age of 75. Born in Chicago, Dyer grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Virtual Memorial on April 17 for Jan Ostendorf, 68; Businesswoman, Volunteer, Mom

With heavy hearts, the family announces Jan Rutkin Ostendorf’s passing on February 11, 2021. Jan was born August 12, 1952 to Ruth and Todd Rutkin, and grew up in North Hollywood. After graduating from North Hollywood High School, she attended … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: James Roberston McNiel, 76, Long-time Palisadian

Long-time Pacific Palisades resident James R. McNiel passed away on January 5 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica from a recently diagnosed lung cancer. He was 76. Born in Los Angeles on October 9, 1944, he was the eldest … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Actor Cliff Simon, 58, Dies in a Kiteboarding Accident

  Actor Cliff Simon, best known for playing the villain Ba’al on the “Stargate SG-1” television series, died on March 9 in a kiteboarding accident. His wife Collette reported his death on his Facebook page, writing “To Friends, family and … Continue reading

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Obituary: William Soren Mortensen, Long-time Resident

  William Soren Mortensen, who was born on July 19, 1932, passed away on February 28 at his home of 50 years in the Huntington Palisades. He was born in Philadelphia to Helen and Dr. William L. Mortensen, where his … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: David Galvan, Owner of a Temescal Food Truck

David Galvan, owner of the popular food truck Galvan’s Catering, which has been a mainstay on Temescal Canyon Road since 1999, died on February 21. David was 52. He was born in the coastal town of Barra de Navidad in … Continue reading

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