"It gives a person pause"...the end of Camelot

November 22, 1963


To our dear friends who have passed away and all too soon, we honor you.  We love you and we will miss you. You will be remembered fondly in our thoughts,prayers and we celebrate your lives here. 

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die. 

 A Hopi prayer


Please note the following:

Our list of departed is based primarily on second hand reports through the grapevine. We may have missed someone’s passing or even prematurely reported a death. These are purely inadvertent and we hope you can help us correct any mistakes. Send any corrections or additions to me at:


--Bill Diebold

Tony Albanese
04/25/1946 to 7/28/1985


Primo Alvarez
6/11/1945 to 3/2/2015

"We little knew that morning, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Primo Alvarez on March 2, 2015 at the age of 69. He will be cherished by his loving wife Olivia. Beloved father of Liandro, Esmeralda, Victor, Diana and Michelle. Proud grandfather of Nathan, Madeline, Julie, Alessandra, and Jayden. He will be held dear in the hearts of his relatives, and many friends.
Shirley Armienti
10/19/1946 to 6/9/2011
Terry Ash
09/19/1946 to 10/25/2007
Francis Bolan
03/23/1946 to 03/2014
Francis Bolin joined LAPD in May 1969. After a few years of patrol duties he was promoted to Detective Rank. Our paths crossed in Wilshire Division in 1984. We had not seen each other since high school (20 years). Frank was working as a Homicide Detective and I as a Sergeant. I had previously worked as a Homicide Detective in Van Nuys and Hollywood Division. We immediately bonded and shared past times. Frank was known as Mr. Colombo. His work ethic was that of a bull dog, tenacious and relentless. He received numerous commendations in solving homicides. As an example, we found a dead body in a alley way in the Wilshire area of LA. The deceased was naked, bound by rope and cut up into  parts to fit a small box. No witnesses or clues. It turned out he was a Russian immigrant.  Frank solved the case in nine months. The suspects were two hit men from Russia. Frank found them, arrested them and sent them to San Quinton Prison.  Frank served 37 years with LAPD. Frank was single to my knowledge. We enjoyed times together at the Homicide watering holes at two  Irish Bars. Every Homicide Detail in Los Angeles has a cocktail lounge to relax, unwind and talk cop talk. Cases were discussed and sometimes solved.

I think we had a great class in 1964. We have a lot of classmates  who became super stars in their careers and raising families. Frank was a super star for LAPD. He brought peace and comfort to the many families of victims in solving homicide cases.  He will not be forgotten by members of LAPD.
By: Dave Gossman, Retired Sergeant LAPD
Candy Bryson
04/17/1945 to 12/25/2008
(obituary in 2009 Spring Ancient Mariner)
Irma Carillo
12/21/1946 to 8/28/1992
Elizabeth Talbot Carpol
10/13/1946 to 01/17/2006
Hugh Crooks
12/01/1946 to 12/1998

Kathleen Harvey Esparza
12/15/1946 to 04/23/2010

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Dave Gossman

March 8, 2017


Dear friends from St. Mo’s,

Dave was under hospice care for months and died about an hour ago at his home in the Bay Area.
He was in the final stages of his losing battle with cancer and decided to take the ‘death with dignity’ option now legal in CA because he had lost all control of his body and was in severe pain.
All four children were at his bedside as was Paula with whom he lived.
The kids say that he took his “cocktail” and drifted into a peaceful sleep then a deep coma and then went on to heaven.
Perhaps Mike Horton and he are now discussing the good old days they shared together as children and high-schoolers.
I spoke with him this morning and we said our farewell.
The children plan on staying with Paula tonight and tomorrow.
I think they will be arranging a ceremony in his memory here in SLO County soon. I will keep you posted.
Please pass this news on to whomever else might want to know - I don’t have e-mail addresses for Bobby Lennon or the other "Venice Boys" - Toni Flynn 4toniflynn@earthlink.net

Richard Grossheim
11/10/1946 to
Patty Healy
11/10/1946 to 10/13/1983
Nora Plock Hillas
10/06/1946 to 09/13/2006
Michael Horton
11/08/1946 to 03/04/2013

I first met Mike Horton as a first grader at Saint Marks Grammar School. We became the best of friends and shared many good times together growing up. Mike was raised by his grandmother. All the Venice boys (Stan Logsdon, Bobby Lennon, Tom Lennon, Bob Gass, Denis Tillemans and I) always called her Granny. He lived only one block from the grammar school. It was our childhood hangout after school. We had many poker games after school. We even smoke cigarettes and drank beer. We had a few girls over once in awhile.

Mike was the adventurous one. At a very young age he started his life long dream of being a sailor. While in high school he was all ready learning his trade on the piers of Marina Del Rey. He mastered sailing and skippering boats. If he was not sailing, he loved traveling through Mexico in his Ford Woody with his surfboard and girlfriend. Mike always had girlfriends. He had the gift gab and charm which the girls fell for. He was a very lucky guy. (continued on next page)

(Mike Horton's biography by Dave Gossman continues here)


Ellen Louise Mottl Johnson
10/05/1946 to 04/07/2007
Toni Lenwell Marriot
08/10/1946 to 10/15/1967
Timothy Mallen
08/22/1946 to 08/02/1974
Michael McShane
09/21/1946 to 07/02/2006
Paul Molloy
07/15/1946 to 01/02/1994
Michael Mullen
04/11/1945 to 12/12/1975
Michael Mullins
07/14/1946 to 05/01/2008
John O'Shea
04/11/1946 to 08/15/1990
Dennis Orlando
'07/29/1946 to 07/30/2012

DENNIS PAUL ORLANDO - July 29, 1946 to July 30, 2012

Did you ever have a good friend that you could call day or night for help and he would drop everything and come to your aid? Well that was my friend Dennis. I think about him everyday and remember our life and times we spent together. I miss you my friend.

Dennis was born on July 29, 1946. I will always remember his birthday because he was born 3 days after I was born. We were both born at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. His mother, Ethel and my mom were in the same room but they didn't know each other. It would be a few years later that we met again while in elementary school at St. Clements in Venice. We would remain friends until his passing in 2012. (continued on next page)

(Dennis Orlando's wonderful tribute by Bruno Tonin continues here)


Heidi Brosius Owen
10/04/1946 to 05/07/2000

Ray Sabersky
October 2016

Cynthia Johnson Webster
08/24/1946 to 03/24/2001
Patty White
10/23/1946 to 12/02/1984