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Friday, June 7, 2002 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 11 Louis Michael Cameron was born Jan. 11, 1923, at the old clinic above Abe's Liquor Store and remained a lifelong Avalon resident until his death recently. Louis remained active-during his 79 years and as he played his role in Island history, he came to love the traditions and sharing his recollections. Lou attended Avalon School where his participation ranged from the kindergarten orchestra to a senior basketball, baseball and tennis star. After graduating in 1941, he earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College near San Francisco. He enlisted in the Airforce and served as a flight engineer; he was later called to serve in the Korean War. tou's summers were spent either on the water or helping manage, maintain or operate the family restaurants and properties. His insatiable appetite for read- ing, knowledge and old-time music enhanced his ability to always engineer and create a "better system" with his life-long collection of personal tools. Despite a long list of on-going projects and responsibilities, Lou always managed to find the time to help his friends, share his opin- alp FROM BUENA PARK CARLSBAD Louis Cameron loved the ocean, the Island and its history. and the steamer company, wife of 52 years; son Curt; He had a particular soft spot in daughter Linn; and his very spe- his heart for the Miss Catalina cial grandchildren. Speed Boats and ended his long Lou requested no services or marine career by proudly captain- "fanfare" and chose to be remem- ing the Phoenix and Blanche W for bered on the merit of individual the Santa Catalina Island Company. memories. He often expressed his He served as volunteer fireman appreciation and wished to for many years and many of his acknowledge the local bay- great stories were generated when watch/paramedics and their ser- ions on the past, politics and he faithfully found other old vice to the community. Through progress: or just plain supervise, timers to assist in the severe win- their initial effo s, Lou managed His love for the water led him ter storms--long before there was to survive an additional two to many of his most memorable a Baywatch or even a breakwater, years--for which his family is experiences: skiff building and His sister Thelma passed away grateful. The family is also great- salad boats evolved into Island last year. ful for all the kind words and Charters, autoboats, shoreboats Lou leaves behind Beverly, his pleasant memories. O.T. Gilman died Saturday May 18 after battling with many health problems. He was born on August 9, 1927, in California, and was the son of Goldie Orilla Duncan and Clarence Gilman. He Served as a merchant Marine during WWlI and in 1951 he married Marian E Meyers. His favorite song was "Misty" and he was an incurable romantic. His favorite place was in the sun and he was always known for having a beautiful tan. The fact that he looked like Santa Claus and his generous nature earned him the label of a year-round Santa Claus. He resided on Catalina Island, California for about 20 years until retiring in 1988 from the Operat- ing Engineers as a heavy equip- ment operator. He then moved to Bandon, Oregon, where he lived until he died. His wife predeceased him in 1994. He is survived by his five chil- dren: Jim, of Helena Montana; Larry, of Bandon; David, of Dun- smuir; Christy Adema, of Red- ding, ; and Sandy Miles of Ban- don; 11 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; a brother Art Gilman and a sister Joan Brown, both of Chico. At O.T.'s request, no services 800 300-8038 O.T. Gilman worked as an operating engineer on the Island until retiring in 1988. will be held. Cremation has family and many friends. taken place as well as a family Memorial donations can be sent gathering in his memory. O.T. in O.T.'s memory to: American will be greatly missed by his Cancer Society. Monday, May 27, 4:16 p.m.: ASaturday, June 1, 2 p.m.: Bay- 26-year-old old woman who had watch responded to a 25-foot vessel had abdominal pain, nausea and with four people onboard that was had been vomiting all day was dragging its anchor and heading assessed. She refused further medi- towards Blue Caverns Point. The cal care as she was returning to the vessel was located and towed into mainland later in the day. Isthmus harbor for repairs. 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