Category Archives: Obituaries

OBITUARY: Lena Longo, 90; Wife of the Famous Toyota Dealer

  Lena Longo, died at home in Pacific Palisades on July 26 of heart failure. She was born on August 6, 1930, in Ontario, Canada, to Russian immigrants. Her mother died when she was 5. At times Lena stayed with … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Richard W. Harrington, Former CEO of Maui and Sons, Avid Outdoorsman

Richard Wickham Harrington, who acquired Maui and Sons in 1989 and grew the company into a worldwide supplier of action sports apparel and equipment, passed away at his vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho, on August 10. There’s a Maui … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Gary B. Nash, Esteemed Historian, Author, UCLA Professor

Long-time Pacific Palisades resident Gary Nash, who was born July 27, 1933, in Philadelphia, died of colon cancer on July 29. A UCLA professor who retired in 1994, Nash wrote more than 30 history books and textbooks and more than … Continue reading

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Obit: Phyllis Genovese, 105, First Woman President of Palisades Chamber of Commerce

Phyllis Genovese, the first woman president of the Palisades Chamber of Commerce and former owner of The Letter Shop on Via de la Paz, died last October 5 in Nevada, where she had lived the past few years. She was … Continue reading

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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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