The annual Les Tupper Award recipients, whose names were released in early 2020 for the prestigious honor by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council, will finally be recognized at a ceremony after a 17-month delay. Caroline Craven and Bill Pounders will be honored with individual Community Service Awards. Christie Crahan and the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will receive the Special Service Award and David Baker has been selected as the Student Service Award recipient, which will be presented on Monday evening, Sept. 13. The event will be held at Flintridge Prep’s Norris Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
Robert Eugene Covey (Bob) died peacefully at the age of 93 on February 1, 2021, after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Hanson Covey, and his daughter Janis Covey Koch. He is survived by his two sons, Alan and Paul, and two grandchildren, Keegan and Kyla.
Bob was born in 1927 in Pasadena, and he grew up there, attending Pasadena High School and PCC. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, building countless models, and learning to fly. He served in the Army in Korea in 1946-1948, returning with many stories, including one about facing down a cobra on midnight sentry duty. Back in California, he was accepted at Caltech where he received a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering and then began his long and successful career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Continue reading “Robert Eugene Covey – Obituary”
Violinist Jeanine Wynton, class of 1993 graduate of La Cañada High School and winner of the Les Tupper Award, will return to Pasadena to solo with the Crown City Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Altadena Community Church, 943 E. Altadena Drive, and Sunday, Nov. 19 at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena located at 75 N. Marengo. Both concerts will be at 2 p.m. and are free to the public.
The orchestra will perform Concerto No. 5 in A major for violin by Mozart and “Mozartiana” Suite 34 by Tchaikovsky.
Wynton and cellist Grace Anderson will also be performing at the Second Sunday Concert series sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library and the Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena at the Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Their program will be Sonata in D Major by Boccherini, Duo for Violin and Cello Op.7 by Kodaly and “Passacaglia” by Handel.
Chris Valente, 75, passed away on March 3 in Dana Point, surrounded by family. His children, 11 grandchildren and his community were his passion. He loved working with people.
Chris was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA. He was a civics teacher at St. Francis High School for 25 years, starting in 1965. Chris met his wife, Nancy Baker Valente, in 1969 at Dr. Donald Kraus’ dental office on Foothill Boulevard, where she worked and he was a patient.
He was the first and only honorary mayor of La Cañada Flintridge and served on many community committees and organizations, including La Cañada Youth House Community Center for 25 years. He was also an LCF city councilman, Los Angeles County Youth commissioner, Les Tupper Award recipient, president of LCF Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. After retirement, he volunteered at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Chris is survived by his wife, Nancy Valente, his children Anne Marie Amigleo, Gina Wendt, Chris R. Valente, Teddy Valente and 11 grandchildren.
A service will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Once Upon A Room, www.onceuponaroom.org, 4926 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge or to Royal Family Kids (www.royalfamilykids.org).