2015 OBITUARIES


December

Rick Cluchey, renowned actor, director, playwright and disciple of Samuel Beckett, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28th at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica with his family at his side, after a brave fight with complications from Congestive Heart Failure, COPD, and Emphysema.
Celebration of Life will be on Monday, January 18th at 11am at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Ave, L.A. 90024. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Jameson Cluchey Scholarship Fund.
Beloved husband of Nora Masterson Cluchey, beloved father to sons Rick, Louis, and Jameson, and daughter Maya Cluchey Carrol. Rick is also survived by sisters Lynn and June and several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews in the Chicago area.
Rick led a life of many paths. His personal story of an upbringing in difficult circumstances, his youthful involvement in crime, and imprisonment in San Quentin for 12 years was followed by a Phoenix like rise above such adverse circumstances through dedication as a sacristan in the prison chapel, reading, writing, acting, and directing, and founding the San Quentin Drama Workshop as a form of rehabilitation. It merits a fitting description as a triumph of the human spirit. Rick turned a sentence of Life Without Possibility of Parole into a parole granted by former Governor Pat Brown (with much encouragement from priests at the prison chapel) and a pardon by Governor Jerry Brown, which was given to Rick while he was working with Samuel Beckett, the renowned Irish writer. Beckett was captivated by the triumph of Rick's spirit, and helped to continue Cluchey's development in his different theatrical areas by his continued financial and moral support.

David Michael Booth was born in Los Angeles on 22nd December 1931 and passed away on 26th December 2015. David and Mary Higgins were married in 1951. David served our country during the Korean Conflict as a marine. He was a fourth degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Serra Club. David was an engineer employed for thirty eight years by Fluor Corporation. David was predeceased by his wife, Mary, in 2008. Survived by two daughters: Catherine (Jeff) Iversen and Margaret Struss; and son Michael Booth and sisters in law Noreen Higgins Masterson and Kathleen Higgins Barela. Also survived by four grandchildren: Kellyann and David Iversen; and Brendan and Daniel Struss. Services took place in Holy Family Cathedral in Orange


November

Michael Joseph Courtney was born in Motherwell, Scotland on 1st June 1928 and passed away here on 26th November 2015. His mom and dad were both born in Ireland. When Joe was seven years old the family moved to England. Joseph met his Margaret, who was born in Yorkshire, in 1953. They married on the 17th December in 1955. The young married couple arrived in Los Angeles in 1957. Joe was a mechanical engineer. His hobbies included Irish music and Model A Cars. He loved playing the accordion. Michael Joseph Courtney is survived by his wife, Margaret in Sylmar. No services.

Michael (Mickey) Doherty of North Hollywood passed away on Friday November 13, 2015. He was born January 16, 1928 in a townland known as Urrismana, in the parish of Clonmany, in County Donegal, Ireland. Mickey was the son of Daniel and Mary Doherty.
He grew up on a farm and would remain there through the World War II years. Soon after, he followed some his brothers to England looking for work. While he did find employment, he did not find satisfaction. He looked to the west for a place to settle. In December 1949, he sailed to America aboard the Queen Elizabeth. As many young Irish did, he landed in Boston and planned to start a life there. In 1950 he was drafted into and served honorably in the United Sates Army during the Korean War.
After his discharge, he returned to Boston. While in Boston, he became reacquainted with Kathleen McEleney who was also from Clonmany. They had been previously met because Mickey was the best man at his brother Roger’s wedding. The bride was Kathleen’s sister Frances. Finding the Boston winters too oppressive, Mickey and Kathleen moved to sunny California. In September 1956 the couple married in Los Angeles. They settled in the San Fernando Valley in 1965 and raised four boys. Mickey was the proprietor of Doherty’s Tree Service for over 50 years. He helped many Irish immigrants by providing them their first jobs in the United States.
Mickey was active in the Irish community in Southern California. He was a fixture at Irish Football games played in Los Angeles and could generally be found at most Irish functions in the area. He was an active supporter of the Columban Fathers Missionary Order and tire-lessly supported their fund raising activities throughout the years. He also provided mainte-nance support at the Columban Father Residence on Vermont Street for many years.
He is pre-deceased by 13 of his 14 brothers and sisters. His is also pre-deceased by his son Michael (Pauline). His survivors include his wife, Kathleen, his brother Edward (Mary), and his other sons, Daniel (Majella), John (Patty), and Patrick (Katie). He leaves as his gift to the world, his nine grandchildren, Kieran (Brie), Brian, Sean, Maura, Michael Edward, Michael Anthony, Patrick, Kathleen, and Bridget.
His life was celebrated at a Funeral Mass held on November 20, 2015 followed by burial at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Rev. Fr. David Loftus (Mayo) was the celebrant


October

Maureen FitzSimons was born in Dublin on 17th August 1920. FitzSimons studied music and dancing from a young age and enrolled in Dublin’s Abbey Theatre School at the age of fourteen. She came to Hollywood for a screen test in 1938. Actor Charles Laughton in Hollywood insisted that her last name be changed to O’Hara. At the age of eighteen and forever more she became known as Maureen O’Hara. The world famous actress passed away on the 24th October in Boise, Idaho where her grandson resides. Maureen O’Hara made more than fifty movies and was the star in several of them. Who hasn’t seen “The Quiet Man” or “Miracle on 34th Street” or “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”? In addition to her grandson in Boise Maureen O’Hara is survived by her daughter Bronwyn FitzSimons and two grandchildren in Ireland.



Celia Murray Kilgallon “Mam” was born in Belmullet, Co Mayo in February 1921 and passed away in Sallins, Co Kildare on 24th October 2015. Celia is survived by six daughters: Mary Dempsey (Covina), Nancy, Sheila, Eileen, Bernadette and Breda; four sons: Tom, Eamonn, Paddy and Martin; eighteen grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Services were at St Brigid’s Church, Kill and burial in Bodenstown Cemetery.
Eist moran agus can beagan! Hear much and say little! “Mam” was born four months before the end of the Irish civil war and has lived to see the history of modern Ireland first hand. In some respects her life reflects that of many of her contemporaries and in other aspects it is a life that stands apart. Born on the last day of February 1921 on the edge of Blacksod Bay to the family of Edward and Mary (nee Mills) Murray, Celia one of five girls and one boy Mary-Kate, Bridgie, Celia, Eileen, Nancy and Martin. Living on a small holding in the beautiful setting of Bar na Tra beach may, at a distance of some almost 95years, sound idyllic but, the migration of the family to the Rath, County Meath, in 1943 speaks volumes of the hope for a better life of Edward and Mary for themselves and their children. Mam, however, was not long for the Rath as, she soon met our father, Paddy Kilgallon, and in 1946 they married and settled m Sherlockstown near Sallins, Co Kildare where they farmed. Ten children, Mary, Nancy, Sheila, Tom, Eamonn, Paddy, Martin, Eileen, Bernadette and Breda were born to Paddy and Celia. The farm, though not substantial, provided for the family. Milk, butter, eggs, chicken, pork and bacon, vegetables and fruits, homemade bread, scones and tarts fed the family. Her skills with needle and thread kept us clothed and her ability to tell a story kept us and ultimately our children captivated. I imagine Mam gets a great kick out of hearing storiés of Ireländ’s new found environmen-talism and the demand for safer, healthier and even organic food; isn’t that what she was at for years! the language is not unsurprising given where she spent the early years of her life. But her turn to Irish at times of happiness and sadness suggests the link that the language gives her to people, events and places. How frequently do we all remember the tears of laughter rolling down Mam’s face as she paused from working in her kitchen to deliver a lyrical, melodious and wittingly devastating one liner that would leave you speechless?

Brian Patrick Friel was born in Omagh, Co Tyrone on 9th January 1929 and passed away in his home at Greencastle, Co Donegal on 2nd October 2015. Brian Friel was an Irish dramatist short story writer and co-founder with actor Stephen Rea of the Field Day Theatre Company. He was considered one of the greatest English language dramatists. The English speaking world hailed him as the Irish Chekhov. Brian Friel was a Tony Award winning author of Dancing at Lughnasa. Other famous works of Brian Friel include “Faith Healer” and “Philadelphia, Here I Come” The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins said Friel was “one of the giants of Irish literature, and a great Irishman”Brian Friel is survived by his wife Anne , three daughters and a son.


September

On 6th September 2015 after a hard fought and courageous battle, Joan Cullen died peace-fully in her home surrounded by all things dear to her. She faced cancer with her feisty atti-tude and acceptance of her journey with grace.
Joan was born in Dublin on 19th October 1934 and immigrated with her husband Andy Cul-len to California in the 1960's to create an amazing life for their family: Lesley Cullen Kirk (Mike), Richard Cullen (Sabrina), and Stephen Cullen (Lorraine). Joan enjoyed everything the sunny state had to offer: beach trips, swimming pools, Dodger games, all her children's sports, a wonderful community of friends and family in the area, all the while maintaining close ties to those in Ireland. Being athletic her whole life, she and Andy took up golf and never looked back. They travelled extensively to play "18 holes"---- her favorite place being Hawaii.
She will be forever loved and remembered by her family and extended family here and in Ireland especially her grandchildren: Derek and Mason Kirk, Justin, Melanie and Ethan Cul-len. A memorial mass and life celebration was held on Friday September 18 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Alhambra with Father Patrick Sugrue presiding. A reception followed in the parish hall.

Garrett O’Connor, MD.,
(of Annacurragh, Aughrim, Co Wicklow and Beverly Hills. CA)
passed away at home in Ireland on 1st September. Beloved husband of Fionnula Flanagan and loving father of Matthew and Turlough O’Connor and Mary Lee-Woolf. Also survived by daughters in law Julie O’Connor and Mary Cleary; grandchildren: Kalina and her partner, Ryan, Tom, Finnian, Serena, Clayton, Aidan and Olivia; great grandchildren: Mason and Cove; friends and colleagues.


August

Sister Bernadette McConville, MMM

15th April 1929 _17th August 2015
Sr. Bernadette (Josie) McConville was born in Portadown, Co. Armagh, in April, 1929. She entered MMM in November, 1948, eleven years after the Congregation was founded. Bernadette's first overseas assignment, after her initial spiritual formation, was to Nigeria where she spent a total of twenty two years, working in Abakaliki and other mis-sions. It was there that she showed herself to be a woman of exceptional talents. Not only was she an excellent secretary and bursar but early on her administrative skills and organis-ing abilities became apparent. She had a great eye for beauty, both interior and exterior, and could transform a mediocre room into a welcoming abode.
Quietly spoken, she could 'get things done' with the ability to empower people to do what was necessary for the project in hand. She was a born fund-raiser and also had the capacity to 'find' materials when supervising the various buildings with which she was involved. She was a compassionate community leader with great understanding of the frailties of the human condition. She was known as the 'Red One', a tribute to her beautiful red hair. It was no secret that she left a large part of her heart in Nigeria! She spent the next seventeen years in City Island, New York State, USA, as financial administrator of the American Zone. This involved great skill and expertise and she was well suited to the job dealing with the challenges involved with quiet efficiency. She kept in close contact with all the various missionary fund-raising bodies in the New York area .
Bernadette was a versatile and gifted woman with a great sense of humour who lived the MMM charism quietly and unassumingly. She loved playing bridge and encouraged newcom-ers to the community to get involved. She was thoughtful and it gave her great delight to prepare little gifts for all kinds of people to celebrate big and small events alike.
Bernadette loved style and went to great lengths to keep her wardrobe up to date within her budgetary limitations. She had a gracious and queen-like air about her and was actually confused with the reigning queen of England on one occasion!
Her unexpected illness has been a huge shock to everyone; but we are grateful to the Lord that her suffering has not been prolonged.
Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dhilis


July

Thomas Paul Kelly
was born in Scranton PA on the 14th March 1930 and passed away in Yorba Linda on 26th July. His wife Irene Teresa O’Malley Kelly passed away in 2005.
Thomas served in the U S Navy. Thomas was proud of his contribution to major projects such as the Space Shuttle and GPS.
After Irene’s passing in 2005, Thomas met his best friend and companion, Helen Ida Jank and they started a new life together. From the moment they met they were inseparable.
Tragically, Helen passed away in 2014. Thomas was also predeceased by his sister Anne (Sister Pauline) and son Paul.
Thomas is survived by daughter Maureen (Kenneth) Fry in Lake Elsinore; sons: Thomas in Placentia, Patrick in Villa Park & Jerry in Whittier; three grandchildren: Sean, Sheila & Kevin; one great granddaughter, Kalea; and his sister Frances Kelly Norton.
The rosary will be at 9.30am followed by mass at 10.00am at St John Paul Church, 3999 Rose Drive, Yorba Linda. CA 92886, on Monday 3rd August.

Hilda Emily Gaffney McCoy was born on August 11, 1922 in Evenwood, England and passed away in Seal Beach on 25th July. She trained as a nurse in London where she began her ca-reer during WWII. Emily traveled with her mother and two of her sisters on the Queen Mary to Boston where she lived and continued her nursing career for the next three years. After moving to Los Angeles, she married Brendan McCoy in 1958. The couple welcomed five chil-dren, and Emily set about raising her family with faith and love. Her children remember her as a loving & patient mother who was wise, fiercely protective, and encouraged them to fol-low their dreams and pursue their goals. She was their biggest fan, and so very proud of every member of her family. She was a lovely, gentle lady who will be truly missed.
Emily was an accomplished caregiver and people watcher and often could be found at the Seal Beach Pier at sunset honing her skills. She was a dedicated individual who loved the Lord and who was passionate about her faith. She was an active and dedicated member of the Ladies Guild at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Downey and cheerfully volunteered at the St. Raymond’s School library for many years.
Emily is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dundalk born Patrick Brendan McCoy (Seal Beach); son: Brendan McCoy and wife Angelica (Pasadena); four daughters: Patricia McCoy Hernandez (Downey), John and Fiona McCoy Goodwin (Costa Mesa), Stephen & Teresa McCoy Antonelli (Redondo Beach), and Dale & Ann McCoy Richards (Las Vegas); and nine-teen grandchildren: Patrick & Michael McCoy, Jessica & Terin Hernandez, Madeline Roman & husband Salvador, Rory & Adrian Hernandez, David Enriquez, Ian Noel, Sean, Brendan, Ryan & Emily Goodwin, Brigid, Claire & Keara Antonelli and Aidan & Ronan Richards; 7 great-grandchildren Alexus, Brian & Nicolas Guzman, Isaac Hernandez & William Magaña, Andrew Noel and Aubrey Roman.
Emily is preceded in death by her parents John Edward Gaffney and Hannah Mary (Harding) Gaffney of Evenwood, England and siblings Eileen Aires (England), Caroline “Gigi” Hadden (Boston), Wilfred Gaffney (Canada), Winifred Scofield (England), Joyce Cann (England), Mary Schoberg (New Jersey), Robert Gaffney (England), Margaret McClellan (England), and John “Jackie” Gaffney (Australia).
Rosary on Friday, 7th August at 6.00pm and Memorial Mass on Saturday, 8th August
at 10 am. Both services at Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, Seal Beach. There will be a graveside service immediately following the funeral at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. A reception will follow at Leisure World, Seal Beach at 1:00pm (LTBD). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Emily’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a local charity of your choice in Emily’s name. Condolences can be sent to Fiona Goodwin, Fiona Goodwin goodwinfiona@gmail.com or Teresa Antonelli at tantonelli@brighthorizons.com.

Mary McEntee was born in Ballybay, Co Monaghan in 1918 and passed away in San Francisco on 23rd July 2015. Mary was the second eldest of fourteen children. She came here in 1958 and started her twenty five year career with PacBell. Mary and Patrick McNally married in 1963. After less than a decade Patrick died suddenly.
Mary McNally is preceded in death by her husband, Patrick; sisters: Betty (Harry) Poole,
and Anne Darcy; brothers: Owen, Bernard (Bernadette), Patrick (Noreen) –in Burbank, Edward and John; She is survived by sisters: Teasie McGarry, Brigid McMahon and Kathleen (Grat) Lapuyade; brothers: Peter and Stephen McEntee; and several nephews and nieces.


June

Peter Joseph Glenane was born on a farm in Bawnmore, Claregalway, Co Galway on 11thMay 1933 and passed away in Laguna Woods on 7th June 2015.Peter was the oldest of 12 children, ten of whom are still living., He immigrated to Montreal,Canada where he joined the GAA and met people like Brendan Mc Coy, Joe Conroy, TheMcErlaine brothers etc. He met Mary Mac Donald, a Scot in 1954 and they were married in1957 and moved to California in 1958. Next month would have been their 58th Anniversary.Peter is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Cheryl; two sons, Peter (wife Amy) and Ronald(wife Susan); Eight grandchildren Emma, Aidan and Maeve are Ronald’s & Susan’s childrenand Liam, Declan, Maire, Ciaran, and Darcy are Peter & Amy’s.His love of Ireland knew no bounds and when he was taking his last breaths with the threechildren and Mary holding his hands in the background the music playing was “A NationOnce Again” The family know Peter was happy with that.Peter will be remembered for his unaffected kindliness and his honest sincerity. His passingis an irreparable loss not alone to Mary and the family but all the countless people whoknew him. He enriched his community and whether we know it or not, all of us are betteroff for having been touched by his wise and benevolent influence.


May

Margaret Celine McClenaghan Kyle was born in Derry City 19th September 1927 and passed away in Long Beach on 29th May 2015. Celine grew up in the troubled times of World War II. Traditional Irish dancing took their minds off the war that was so close they could hear it. A dancing competition put Celine and Jerry Kyle together on the same team. Six months later, in 1943, they were married on the birthday they both shared - September 19th. Two children were born in Ireland, Terence and Geraldine.
Jerry came to America in 1948, and Celine and her two children followed a few months laterin January 1949. They lived in New York for a few years before moving to Long Beach in1952, where Brian and Kathleen were born. Jerry ran a dairy in Seal Beach. He and Celinemade their home in Old Town in 1959. When Jerry's heart condition forced him to slowdown, he and Celine went into early retirement. Mexico became a second home to Celineand her family and it provided a home away from home for them for much of the year, anda wonderful gathering place for the entire family. Jerry passed away in May 2002. Celinedied on Friday, May 29th, at 8 a.m., surrounded by her devoted family. She also leaves behinda wonderful daughter-in-law, Shirley Kyle, and two sons-in-law, Tony McWeeney andMike Keane, in addition to eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Rev Fr Hugh Crowe was born in Ballygar, Co Galway on 9th June 1932 and passed away in Los Angeles on the 19th May 2015. Fr Hugh was educated at Summerhill College in Sligo before he entered the Seminary in Carlow. He served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1958.
Fr Hugh was appointed to St Ann’s Church in 1986 where he served for 27 years. To quote the church bulletin: “This faith-filled beautiful man led humbly and quietly with his pious lifestyle” He is survived by a nephew—John Crowe in Welwyn Garden City. England.
Requiem Mass for Fr Hugh Crowe, Pastor Emeritus of St Ann’s will take place on Monday,
1st June at 11 am at St Ann Church, 2303 Riverdale Ave., Los Angeles. 90031.(323 221 6368)

Mrs Ellen Donnellan
Haverty of Springlawn, Mountbellew who passed away on 19th May at University College Hospital, Galway. Ellen was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in March—just six weeks earlier.
She is survived by her husband, Seamus; daughter, Susan (Vincent) O’Mahony; grandchil-dren: Seamus and Grace O’Mahony; sister: Mary Donnellan Stout in Huntington Beach; brothers: Laurence, Peter, Anthony, John, Francis, Kevin and Declan; and nineteen nephews and thirteen nieces.
Requiem Mass took place at St Mary’s Church, Mountbellew, Co Galway on 22nd May.

Sister Andrew Crean SJC
was born near Ballina, Co Mayo on 24th January 1942 and passed away in Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro on 4th May 2015.
After her religious profession in 1962 she came to this country and served in Providence, Watch Hill, Rhode Island and in Stella Maris in Newport, Rhode Island.
In the 1990’s, Sister Andrew moved here to the West Coast where she pursued hospital work in the South Bay.
Mass of the Resurrection took place at Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro on 12th May.
Sister Andrew is sadly missed by her brothers: Andy and Kevin; sister-in-law Bernadette; and many cousins and friends; also her Sisters in the St Joseph of Cluny Order.


April

Thomas Leo McCormack was born and raised in Dublin on July 18, 1938 and passed away in Los Angeles on April 9th, 2015. He emigrated to New York at 20 and worked as an electri-cian/ electrical engineer. He moved west and began working for Walt Disney studios. He then moved to Warner Brothers where he remained for 30 years and retiring as Vice Presi-dent of Sound in 1994. He loved to travel and spend time with family in America and in Ire-land. He had a program on MidWest Radio in Ireland for over 10 years called "Songs of Praise" that included the recitation of the Holy Rosary which was near and dear to his heart. He met his wife Rosaleen in Los Angeles and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2014. He is survived by his wife, Rosaleen; daughter Eveleen and her husband, Keith Bandy, daughter Tara; sons: Sean and wife Julianne, Patrick and wife, Sarah; six grandchil-dren: Fiona, Clare, Deborah, Morgan, David, and Natalie.
Leo McCormack was laid to rest at the San Fernando Mission on April 15, 2015.

Michael Heffernan was born on 26th May 1929 in Ballylongford (near Listowel), Co Kerry and passed away on 3rd April 2015 in Granada Hills. For over thirty years Michael worked at MGM studios. He was well respected. He was an Academy Award Winning Cinetechnician. Michael met Patricia Swarbrick at a St Patrick's Celebration at St Elizabeth's Church, Van Nuys. They were married on 20th July 1963. Michael retired in 1994. He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing. Michael is survived by his wife Patricia; son, Brian (and fiancee Jennifer Prueter); daughter Michele and husband Christopher Corcoran in Waltham, MA; and three grandchildren: Emma Heffernan, and Clara and Brendan Corcoran. Services for Michael Heffernan took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge.


March

Noreen Frances Carpenter was born on 26th August 1958 in Lewisham Hospital, London and passed away on 31st March 2015 in Chino Hills, California She, like her parents before her, supported Irish functions including the Irish Radio Hour. Noreen was predeceased by her dad, Francis Devine from Belturbet on 14th October 2008; and her mother, Mary Francis Moyna Devine from Scotstown, Co Monaghan on 3rd April 2005. Noreen is survived by: her daughter Tara Frances Carpenter; her three brothers Nigel Devine, Norman (Debbie) Devine and Neil (Mandy) Devine; and her longtime partner Jamey Giraldi. Noreen Frances Carpen-ter’s burial took place in Scotstown, Co Monaghan.

Sr. Melania Hogan died on March 27 at the Holy Faith Motherhouse in Glasnevin, Dublin. A native of Kilkenny and the 7th child of a family of 15 children, she was the first to enter Reli-gious life. Educated in Ballyhale parish and later in Rosbercon, New Ross, she entered the Holy Faith Congregation in 1943. Following her Novitiate she trained at Carysfort Teacher Training College, Dublin. Soon after training she was chosen as one of the pioneer Sister to start the New Zealand mission in 1955. She served as teacher and later as Principal in Christchurch and Auckland and later returned to Ireland and became Principal in Glas-nevin, Greystones, Celbridge, Mullinavat and Rosbercon. In her retirement she served in Tallaght, a newly developing area of Dublin, as a parish Sister. She is mourned by her two youngest sisters: Sr. Joan also Holy Faith who has served in the LA Archdiocese since 1956 and Sr. Alicia who serves as a Holy Cross Sister in South Africa.

Condolences are offered to Margaret Cleary and Katie Dean of Cleary Irish Dance on the un-timely death of a loving husband and father. Peter Dean was killed tragically in a motorcycle accident late Friday March 13th, 2015. Aged 56 years, Peter was struck by an 18 year old drunk driver and was killed on impact. Peter was born in Plymouth, England. He met Maggie while they were both working in Greece in 1982. They moved to Los Angeles in January, 1984 and were married in February, 1985. They recently celebrated their 30th wed-ding anniversary. Peter was a chef by trade. He was nominated by the California Restaurant Writers Association as Chef of the Year in 1993. Peter worked at Ma Maison and Le Dome on Sunset before moving to the Intercontinental Hotel in 1992 which later became the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. He remained there over 20 years and influenced and trained many young chefs in his role as Executive Chef. Peter had many interests but was passionate about anything with an engine, motorcycles in particular. He loved the California weather which allowed him to ride his motorbikes. He was adamant about Motorbike safety. First and foremost, Peter loved his home and family. Services were held at All Saints Church in Pasadena March 26th. He was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth on March 27th. Donations to the Peter Dean Memorial Fund may be sent to P.O. Box 15904, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5904.


February

John Bunting was born in Belfast on 7th May 1931 and passed away in Fair Oaks on 15th February 2015. In 1955 after two years in London, John moved to Canada. Soon after, he met Marlene Arnould and they married in Rainy River in 1961. In 1966 John & Marlene moved to San Mateo where they raised their family. In 1982 they moved to Southern California where they remained for 30 years. In 2012 Marlene and John moved to Fair Oaks to be closer to their two daughters and families. John leaves his wife of 54 years, Marlene; one son: J. Desmond (Alisa) Bunting of Santa Monica; two daughters: Andrea (Greg) McGowan of Granite Bay and Michelle (Tod) Strain of Fair Oaks; and five grandchildren: Desmond, Ryan, Oliver, Kaitlin and Rory.

Rev Monsignor Vincent McCabe
passed away on 15th February 2015. His funeral mass took place in St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim where he was interred. Monsignor was one of three brothers who all entered the priesthood. Monsignor McCabe was ordained in 1946. He served in several parishes here. He retired in March 2011.

Mark O’Brien was born in Lissamullaney, Swinford, Co Mayo on 13th November 1927 and passed away in Burbank on 12th February 2015. Mark emigrated to Chicago in 1952. Moved to San Francisco for a while before coming to Los Angeles. Mark was a painter by trade and worked in the Studios for 34 years. Mark O’Brien was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis in 2001 and their son James in 2000. He is survived by his son Tom O’Brien, and children: Torrey, Tyler and Tawni ; also by James’s children: Jimmie and Shannon. Mark O'Brien's Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, 3rd March at 10:am at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church, 133 N. Fifth Street, Burbank. 91501. May the good Lord have mercy on his gentle soul.


January

Michael Watson Stout
was born in London on 2nd August 1934 and passed away in Santa Monica on 27th January 2015. Growing up in London Michael loved sports especially cricket and soccer. He was an ardent supporter of Arsenal. Michael was a successful engineer. Michael and Mary were married in Arcadia in 1987. Michael Stout is survived by his wife Mary; three daughters: Karen, Susan, and Julie; sons Nigel and Kenneth; one step son John and one step daughter Arlene . Viewing will take place from 8 am and main service will start at 11 am on Wednesday, 11th February at Heritage-Dilday Memorial Service, 17911 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach. CA 92647. (714 842 7771). A reception will follow the services

A. J. Ellis, "Gus" was born in Newark, New Jersey on 17th August 1931 and passed away on 26th January 2015. Gus and Mary McCabe from Brooklyn were married on 26th May, 1956. Gus proudly served our country during the Korean war as an Army Lieutenant. Gus suffered from cancer in different parts of his body for over 22 years and had other health problems but he was "a warrior" Gus is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons: Donald, Stephen and his wife Melissa, Kenneth and his wife Michelle, Terence and his wife Kathleen; and enjoyed seven grandchildren; Amanda and husband Jason, Brian, Carolyn (who preceded him in death), Evin, Makenna, Rebecca, James and two great grandchildren, Daylin and Kenzie Viewing and rosary at 7 pm on Wednesday, 11th February. Funeral mass at 10 am on Thursday, 12th February. Both services at St John Vianney, 1345 Turnbull Canyon Rd., Hacienda Heights. CA 91745 A. J. Ellis will be buried on Monday, February 16th at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, March Air Reserve Base, Riverside. CA 92511