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From page 1 someone else's life in a similar po- sition upon the sea. Cameron was killed after be- ing pinched between a railing and the boat's heavy rope that was at- tached to the empty barge the tug was towing through Santa Monica Bay to its anchorage about two miles off of Marina del Rey. She died before reaching a hospital. A co-worker was also seriously in- jured. Until her death, Foss Maritime had named only a handful of ves- sels after a person. The few that did were christened after a Foss family member. Considering the pluck and dedication Piper Cam- eron exemplified in her life, the company picked a boat, the 4,800- horsepower Strategic Horizon, to name the Piper Inness and paint it on her hull. Cameron would have skippered the same boat once she earned her pilot's license. Curt Cameron said he was touched by Foss Marine's gesture 1951-2011 Robert D, Thompson passed away on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, af- ter a long illness. Bobby was born in Providence , R.I. in 1951. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharma- cy and worked at various locations before arriving in Avalon in 1979. He worked for Harvey Cowell at the Island Pharmacy until it closed. He spent the next 10 years working in San Diego where he developed a passion for offshore fishing. He learned the bass guitar at an early age and was playing in a band at age 14. He continued playing in bands until last year. His later years found him splitting his time be- tween the mainland and Avalon. He is survived by his father, Al- den; his brother Glenn and family of New England, and his brother Dave and family of California. He was generous, had a kind heart and a quirky sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. There will be a Memorial at the Avalon Community Church on April 2 at noon. Following the me- morial, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Landing. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Avalon Schools Music program. Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park PURCHASE A BRICK FOR THE MEMORIAL Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 orwrite: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 done in his daughter's name. De- spite the accident, he said the com- pany should be commended for giving many young people raised on Catalina Island opportunities to develop experience working at sea. This invariably becomes a part of their life and for some gets deep into their blood. Such was the case with Piper Cameron. She was following in-the ]'ootsteps of her grandfather and father before her. She had gained all the necessary qualifications and was moving up the ladder of her career and was just days from get- ting her pilot's license. "It is given us a lot of pride and honor that they named the boat after her," he said. "Foss provides such a privilege and rare opportu- oity for the kids of Catalina. I'm surprised more Island kids don't take advantage of it." He said Foss Marine has been great to deal with. "We walked away friends and CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB 2 FOR 1, PUB BURGERS Farm Gra'ss fed ground sirloin, special bold blend of spices, tomato, lettuce, shaved red onion on a soft fresh baked $15.00 March 11 - 18 - Q. IP " honoring the traditions of the sea. told me afterward that they were They are continuing their safety so overcome with grief that they efforts and I'm proud of them in could not even bring themselves to that regard." attend the ceremony." Cameron said his daughter's Piper Cameron had been em- legacy continues in that way and ployed as a deck hand since 2001. in the hearts of the many people She also worked for Catalina Ex- whose life she touched. He re- press and piloted boats for the called the day her family went out company. About 1,000 people at- to spread her ashes at sea. tended her-memorial service. "By the time we got out to the Curt Cameron still plies his channel there were like 40 boats or trade on boats that travel in the more with Us by the time we were area between Catalina and the finished," he said. "There were all mainland. these tough, crusty old seamen He said it fills his heart with and some could hardly even stand pride every time he sees the Piper up or talk, they were so sad about Inness cross his path on the local what happened to Piper. Some ocean byways and channels. Before you go back to the mainland... take a little Catalina with you. TD( Subscribe Today. ISh II DER RO. Box 428 Avalon. CA 90704 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Fax: (310) 510-2882 email: The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 11, 201117