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Windward Avenue Resident and Sculptor Robert Graham

By Jim Smith Sculptor Robert Graham died Dec. 27 from undisclosed causes. He was 70 years old and had been ill for about six months. Graham lived with his wife, Anjelica Huston, on Windward Avenue. He was internationally known and admired by art connoisseurs.  Among his works are the 25-ton bronze doors on the Cathedral...

Terrence Leon Sullivan, RIP

Terrance Sullivan passed on very suddenly in August, in Venice, a town he embraced with enthusiasm and with a critical eye and tongue. He was a husband, father of four, a seeker of life, and a friend. He enjoyed writing his comic strip, Undercover Bum for the Beachhead in the mid-80s. Terry was a friend...

August 2008 – Melvyn Hayward, Senior: Jan. 16, 1949 – June 29, 2008

Melvyn Hayward was a role model and a powerful force for good in the Oakwood community for more than 30 years. He worked with the Venice Drug Coalition, Didi Hirsch Mental Health, the NAACP, Oakwood United and was most recently the director of the Vera Davis McClendon Center. In addition, he was an actor in...

July 2008 – George Carlin, renown comedian and Venice canal resident, dies

By Jack Neworth I’m not sure if it’s prophetic, or eerie, perhaps neither that in the late George Carlin’s most recent HBO special (“It’s Bad For Ya”) he commented so much on death. He did it with the same irreverence he gave to other taboo subjects, always with such insight into the truth that audiences...

June 2008 – Folksinger U. Utah Phillips has Died

By Karl Abrams Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips, storyteller and tireless political folk musician for more than 40 years died in his sleep on May 23 at his home in Nevada City.  Called the “Golden Voice of the Southwest,” Phillips was a political activist and socialist who dedicated his life to protecting the rights of working...

May 2008 – Abe Osheroff, Venice Hero And Spanish Civil War Vet, Dies At 92

By Emily Winters I knew the Osheroff family many years ago when I lived next door to them on 28th street in Venice, late 1960s. There was a plan to refurbish the canals by assessing the property owners in the canals and on the peripheral areas. They wanted to widen the alleys that would take...

May 2008 – Bea Free, Venice Feminist, Has Died

By Cara Adams Bea Free, as she named herself, was a true Venice legend. The city of Venice has lost a true pioneer.  1966 was the year Bea first set foot into the community full of activists, artists, political advocates, and people trying to change the world. Her friends and passions were many.  Along with...

February 2008 – Kathy, RIP

Kathy – sister of Pat, Dennis, Timmy, Milly and Petey, Auntie of David. Passed away on January 19.  She was a part of Venice and Ghost-Town USA from the 60s (our mom lived on Breeze Ave). Remembering “The-forty-thieves club” and so much more. Older beach people will especially miss her. She was a sweetheart, loads...

February 2008 – In Memorium – Teresita (Teri) Vestal

 December 8, 1939 – December 20, 2007  Sister of Light Daughter of Darkness An idol of strength and perserverance during a life of adversity We love you Teri -Carol Fondiller and Emily Winters

February 2008 – Paula Ross, Venice Artist

 On December 19, long-time Venice resident and artist, Paula Ross, passed away. Paula’s life was art. There wasn’t one thing she touched that didn’t become more beautiful because of her talent.  She is best known for her hand-tinted photographs of famous jazz icons. Her vast library of work includes everyone from Billie Holiday and Chet...
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