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OBITUARIES ETHEL PIRRONE 1923-2011 Ethel was bom in Burbank on May 1, 1923. Her family moved'to South Gate where she graduated from South Gate High School. She met Manny, her husband- to-be, in 1940 after he spotted her in the Casino Ballroom. At the mo- ment he first saw her, he turned to his friend and said, "I'm going to marry that girl." His friend asked, "Don't you think you should meet her first?" The wedding was May 25, 1941, and it would have been 70 years of marriage this year. Her first child, daughter Julie, was born in April 1942. Ethel was a very devoted wife as she traveled to be with her husband during the war. She traveled to Spear Fish, SD, Phoenix, AZ, Lemoine, CA, La Junta, CO, Columbia, SC, and finally to Greenville, SC where the stateside training ended. After- wards Manny had to go overseas. Two months later their first son Larry was born, followed by Bri- an, then Gregory, and then John. Ethel was a very busy mom with her Cub Scout den duties and taking care of her five children. This wonderful family brought out the best in her. She was a cham- pion with her kids, not only her own but also her children's friends who were always welcome in their home. Whenever she thought she could help she would. Dinner was always ready at 6:00 pm and the kids were always there on time. Her recreational activities were snow skiing at Mammoth and June Mountain, and with family and a ski group at the beautiful ski re- sorts in Colorado. She also played golf for many years in Whittier and / after moving to Avalon, she golfed with the Avalon Women's Club. Ethel was as proud as anyone could possibly be of her children, her grandchildren, and her great- grandchildren. Grandchildren include: Julie's daughter, Lorena Duncan and her husband Ike. Lar- ry's children Russell, Phillip, and Ali. Brian's children Nick, Ashley, Chris and his wife Angela, and their children (Ethel's great-grand- Chick From page 6 This new attraction has been gathering crowds over the last two weeks since leaving the nest. Its parents live across Sumner Avenue atop a palm tree outside of the Avalon Public Library. They are also known to draw tourist crowds who stand at the base of the tree looking upward trying to see what is making such a ruckus. When active, Herons are very loud and make strange noises that are hard to ignore. Call 310)510-0777 today for Auto, Home, Life and Business. "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at dan@cinews,us or call (310) 510-0500. But for now, their new little chick is the main attraction taking on a Tour Plaza Mascot persona and thrilling tourists by its mere presence. &BLAIR children) Kahea, Alia, Avalon and Ka'ena. God bless this beautiful lady. There will be services at the cem- etery at noon on June 4, followed immediately by refreshments at Steve's Steakhouse. HARRY RAY SMITH, JR 1940-2011 Ray Smith passed away May 10, 2011 on his houseboat moored in Catalina Harbor surrounded by his family (both human and fe- line). Born August 10, 1940 in Santa Monica, CA to Harry and Cecile Smith, Ray grew up loving the ocean. It was this love that led him to join the Navy in 1959. He spent a year in Vietnam in 1969 helping his brother bring enter- tainment to the soldiers there. He worked various jobs throughout Southern California before com- ing to Two Harbors on Catalina Is- land in 1984 for a weekend. That weekend lasted 27 years. He spent 16 years working for the Two Har- bors Harbor Department as Harbor Patrol and then went on to work as the caretaker for the Del Rey Yacht Club. Ray loved the island and his family of friends he made there. His free time was spent golfing and taking care of the island cats. For almost 20 years he spearhead- ed the highly successful Two Har- bors TNR (trap-spay/neuter-re- lease) Program and could always be found feeding and caring for the homeless/stray/feral cats in the isthmus. He loved his cats. He was pre- ceded in death by his parents and brother Dale. lie is survived by his daughter Tina Johnson; son Mat- th.ew Smith; grandchildren Jaime, Jason and Michael Merzlak; great- granddaughter Trinity Hedberg; niece Lisa Rose; and nephew Zane Smith. Ray's memorial service will be held at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Two Harbors between l pm and 7pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. This will be an informal event with family and friends gathering to tell stories and share memories. Ev- eryone is welcome to stop by and share their memories of Ray. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made in Ray's name to the Catalina Island Humane Society (www.Catali-, PO Box 1584, Avalon, CA 90704. The Catalina Island Humane Society is also try- ing to' find homes for Ray's 5 pet boat cats. If interested please con- tact the CIHS at (310)510-1900. Insurance you can design to meet ,your ever-changing needs. Products and Services to meet all your insurance needs Farmers HelpPoint 24/7 claims service Si hablamos espanol Heather Dickerson License #0758719 FARME RS" Trip Advisor Ranked #1 of 35 ''gs toDo' 5-24-11 AFISHINADOS CHARTERS 110.510,0250 310.510.8957fx #1 ranked Afishinado Charters is your family-Iiendly choice for enjoying Catalina. Fishing/Touring charters are a gateway to the island for new experiences, great vistas, new knowledge, lasting memories and fun. Get it all on a half-day Fish & Tour! You've seen Avalon00now see Catalina Island! 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