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'4 ~' -Vqlll~" !, i, 'l L ii !F Page 4 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 21, 2006 David J. Posner (1922 - 2OO6) Island resi- dent, David J. Posner, died of heart failure at his home-away- from-home in Joshua Tree, Calif. on June 27, 2006. He was 84 years old. David was born in DetIoit, Michigan to Edward and Clara Posner. At the age of 16, he joined the National Guard for four years, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served our country in World War II as a Platoon Sergeant. He saw combat in Nor- mandy and the Battle of the Bulge where he received numerous medals. He was wounded in Octo- ber 1944 and received the Purple Heart. A construction job brought David to Avalon in 1960. He was to return to the mainland when the job was finished, but the Island of Romance struck again. He met the love of his rife, Arlene Clayton and made Avalon his home. Their devotion to each other continued for the next 46 years. David's second love was his boat, the Sea Fox II. On his days off, he could be found fishing or water-skiing with the kids or even lost at sea with two marlin onboard. He managed Kelly's U- Drive ear lot on the corner of Metropole for many years where he greeted and quipped with fel- low Islanders as they passed by. David also owned the Orange Julius, later to become Dave's Place. After retiring in 1979, David split his time between Avalon and Joshua Tree. He and Arlene trav- eled and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. David is survived by his wife, Arlene Clayton Pos- ner;'daughters, Valerie Lee and Diane Thaxton; grandchildren, Durenda Lauzon, John Parde, Christopher and Taylor Lee, and Garrett Thaxton; six great grand- f Relax & Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner on one of our beautiful terraces with the best view in Avalon Choose from the largest selection of microbrews on the Island including six from the award winning Angel City Brewery We offer daily food & drink specials *Breakfast Sewed Friday-Saturday 8a.m.-11 &m. 101 gadlla Ave in The beautiful El Encanto Marketplace For Reservalbns (310) 510-1474 Ibliml also available children Stan Rosin (1910 - 2006) ducted on National Cemetery, ~ ~ Stan Rosin, honors, the youngest child of Avalon pioneers, Sally Michael R."l)oc" Reyes and Bernath (1912 - 2006) l~osin, died Sat- urday, July 1 at One of the age of 96. i!~'~' '~'~'~ :' %ili R Avalon's living icons has recently passed away at 94 years old. Born February 7, 1912 in "Mon- key Town" Avalon, Michael R. "Doe" Reyes died July 10, 2006 at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital. He is leaving behind his 92- year-old sister, Josephine Matin, many nieces, nephews, and great, & great nieces & nephews, as well as his stepfamily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Services are to be held at St. Catherine Church Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. for Vigil. Rosary & Eulogy will be Fri- day, Sept. 15 at noon. Born in Los Angeles on May 23, 1910, he was the only one of their five children who was not born on Catalina. Alexander was born in 1893, Ethel in 1895, Elmer m 1900 and Victor in 1907. The park created for the city at South Beach commemorated the 100th anniversary of Ethel's birth. When the Rosins settled in Avalon in 1886, they first owned a cigar store, then a eaf and bil- liards and a bowling alley. At the turn of the 1900's, Bernath built the Hermosa Hotel and then the Catalina Cottages, which the family owned and oper- ated until 1973. When Start graduated from Stanford, he went to work at the Hermosa, managing the hotel until it was sold in 1973. With the short summer season, Stan needed a winter job, which he found, again Great Food Great Serv'w0v Great View 310-5110 333 417 Crescent Avenue See You at Steve's I11 lalb~ 883 * El Encanto You know, where the in the hotel business, in Palm Springs. In 1937, he brought his bride, Hermine, to live with him in Aval- on and then in the fall to Palm Springs. They continued working and riving in both Avalon and Palm Springs for their 67 loving years together. By the time Stan was in high school, he was already playing golf in Avalon, getting up early for a round before school. His love of Avalon, its people, its ocean, its history and lore inspired him to sculpt the statue of "Old Ben" the sea lion, as a gift to the City of Avalon. This was both in memory of his father, Ben, and of an origi- nal Avalon character. "Old Ben" greets the thousands of yearly vis- itors to Avalon at the entrance to the harbor. In Palm Springs, Stan and Hermine were both dedicated to the community. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce and the first president and a founder of Temple Isaiah. He helped bring about the Desert Regional Hospi- tal, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Desert Museum, on whose Board he served for 50 years. Over a lifetime he continued to contribute to the betterment of Avalon as well through other com- memorative projects and gifts to local charities and organizations. Until he left us, there was no sight in the world more beautiful Bay. He is survived by two daugh- ters, Barbara Gogny and Jo Couch, four grandchildren, Cori Cascante, Marshall Platt, Ariane Gogny and Daniel Dominguez. He also leaves seven adoring great- grandchildren, a loving niece, Jon Lappen and nephew, Howard Rosin, their spouses, Chester and Brenda, and his devoted caregiver, Edgar Kalaw. A memorial gathering will take place in Avalon on Sunday, August 13, to celebrate Stan, his generous spirit and love of life. This will be held at the Country Club at 2 p.m. Gifts in his memory can be made to the Catalina Island Muse- um, the Catalina Art Association, the Avalon Municipal Hospital, the Avalon Beautiful Committee or the charity of your choice. Ill