Paul Whitefield, a veteran editor at the Los Angeles Times who helped guide coverage of many of the paper’s major stories during his 30-year career, died at home Aug. 14 after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 66.
A longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, he is survived by his wife, Sara Lessley, and two sons, Sam and Ben Whitefield, both of whom grew up in LCF and attended local public schools.
Paul was a familiar figure around LCF for many years, supporting his sons’ athletic careers in baseball and water polo. He was an avid fly fisherman, scratch golfer, huge car buff and devoted Dodgers fan and season ticket-holder for many years. Continue reading “Obituary: Paul Whitefield”
Thomas “Tom” Gorecki passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 8, at age 50. A resident of Burlington, Connecticut, Tom graduated in 1986 from La Cañada High School, where he excelled in basketball among other sports.
After high school, Tom enlisted in the Navy, later moving to Connecticut, where he worked as an emergency medical technician and then as a licensed practical nurse, and started a family. At 32, he suffered a severe back injury at work that changed the course of his life and eventually led to many surgeries, numerous health issues and eventually paralysis. The injury may have robbed him of his health at a young age, but he also found numerous moments of joy with his family, friends and caretakers, and in his faith in the intervening years. Continue reading “Obituary: Thomas Gorecki”
Barbara Jean Sherman, a 61-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully and gently at her home on June 18. She was 92 years old.
She was born Barbara Jean to Thomas and Frances Ryan in San Diego in 1927, and lived with her parents and sisters Patricia, Annabelle and Geraldine in Point Loma, attending Point Loma High School. She then attended San Diego State where she met her future husband, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Arthur J. Sherman, another San Diego resident. They were married in 1947 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Point Loma. Continue reading “Obituary: Barbara Jean Sherman”
Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy. Continue reading “Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)”
Seena Wolin, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 30. Born in New York City on March 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ida Switzer. Seena was a long-time resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale. She taught in the Glendale Public School District for many years and, after retiring, volunteered for the Glendale Police Department and Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was a member of Temple Sinai in Glendale and of Descanso Gardens, where she enjoyed spending time. She had a youthful spirit, a great sense of humor and will be missed by many friends of all ages. Continue reading “Obituary: Seena Wolin”
John Rupert Privett was born in Woonsocket, South Dakota, on Jan. 26, 1933, to parents Rupert and Agnes Privett. John passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 9.
When John was a young boy, his family moved to Boise, Idaho, where his dad set up his medical practice. John was an avid skier who felt at home in the outdoors. He loved to explore, hike, climb mountains, camp, cycle and run marathons.
He also had dreams to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an ophthalmologist. And in 1961, John graduated from Creighton University Medical School and after his residency in ophthalmology he packed up and moved his family to La Cañada Flintridge, where he practiced for 47 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Dr. John Privett”
Mary Bronson Potter, 94, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on March 5 at her residence at Windsor Manor in Glendale, surrounded by her family and close friends.
Mary was born on Dec. 21, 1924, in Detroit. She was the second daughter born to Karl Bronson and Catherine (Dunn) Bronson. Mary married Edward J. (Ted) Potter of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on June 29, 1946, in Detroit. Both Mary and Ted attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Potters moved from Birmingham, Michigan, to Deerfield, Illinois, in the mid-1950s. There Mary became a substitute teacher for elementary and junior high school students. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Bronson Potter”
Eileen Hanson O’Kane, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and judge, passed away peacefully on April 4, surrounded by her husband, children and siblings. Eileen and her husband of nearly 45 years, John Joseph O’Kane III, were longtime residents of La Cañada Flintridge.
Eileen was born on Dec. 31, 1950, the eldest daughter of Joseph Patrick Hanson and Eileen Cavanaugh Hanson of Rhode Island. She was raised in Pawtucket, then earned her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America. She excelled on the national debate team, where she met her husband, then a student coach. They married in June 1974. Continue reading “Obituary: Eileen Hanson O’Kane”
Mary (Kay) Fleming, 92, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away peacefully on March 21. Preceded in death by husband, Joel. Survived by stepdaughters Kathy and Mary; grandchildren Julie, Tony and Rachel; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Kay retired after many years as a nurse for the Glendale Unified School District. She was also a talented painter and enjoyed being part of the Valley Porcelain Artist Club for many years.
Jack, a 70-year La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away peacefully last summer after living his 101 years to the fullest.
Jack grew up in Plymouth, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia, near areas occupied by Willoughbys since the 1600s. At an early age, Jack’s gifts as a photographer, athlete and charming extrovert became evident.
After attending William & Mary College, where he met his future wife, Marx Figley, he served in the Army and then graduated from the New York Institute of Photography. Having this prestigious degree, he and Marx rode across the U.S. in a Model T’s rumble seat to get to where the work was — Hollywood! Continue reading “Obituary: Jack (John) H. Willoughby”