Basketball Jordan Obituary

Obituary: Jordan Hoops Legend James Hardy Passes Away

IMAGE COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO Former NBA player James Hardy, one of the best athletes to ever come out of Jordan High, passed away in late December of a heart attack. Hardy, who was 64, was from Knoxville, Alabama but came to Long Beach with his parents as a child as part of the […]

Golf Obituary Wilson

Obituary: Wilson Golf Coach Kurt Holmes Passes Suddenly

The Wilson High community is mourning the loss of another lifelong Bruin this week after Kurt Holmes passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday. He was 62. Holmes served as music teacher, marching band director, orchestra director, and golf coach while working at Wilson. “All he ever wanted to do was be at Wilson,” […]

Century Club Jordan Long Beach City College Obituary

Obituary: Century Club Past President and LB Sports Booster Keith Cordes Passes

Keith Cordes (left) with Long Beach State volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro and longtime friend Dan Gooch at a Century Club banquet Longtime Long Beach sports booster and former Century Club president Keith Cordes passed away recently at the age of 81 of pancreatic cancer. Cordes, who was born in August of 1939, was fondly remembered as […]

Basketball Compton Obituary

Obituary: Carl Lewis’ Death Rocks Compton, Long Beach Hoops Community 

The Compton community was rocked last week by another shooting death of a young basketball player, Carl Lewis, who was killed near Compton High. Lewis, 19 years old, was a talented player well-known in the city. He is the third teenaged basketball player to be shot and killed in Compton in the last four months, […]

COVID-19 Long Beach State Obituary

Obituary: Long Beach State Mourns Loss of Longtime Scoreboard Operator, Jim Farrell

For the last 15 years, the scoreboard inside Walter Pyramid has been at the trusted fingertips of Jim Farrell. The Long Beach State alumnus was a loyal supporter of Beach athletics and a mainstay on the scorer’s table. On the morning of November 8, Farrell died at the age of 69 due to complications from […]

Football Long Beach Poly Obituary

Obituary: Community Mourning Loss of Keith “Slice” Thompson

The Long Beach community is mourning the loss of a beloved mentor and longtime Long Beach Poly football assistant Keith “Slice” Thompson, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer. “He was a real community guy who did everything he could to give back and uplift the kids here,” said Poly boys’ athletic […]

Baseball Obituary

Feature: Ford Family’s Special Reason to Root For Dodgers Title

Millions of baseball fans across Southern California are rooting for the Dodgers as they try to win their first World Series since 1988—perhaps none louder than Long Beach’s Ford family.  The Fords lost the patriarch of their family, Bruce, last November. The longtime Long Beach Port operating engineer’s unexpected passing devastated his wife and five […]

Obituary Soccer Wilson

Obituary: Tierney Kaufman Hutchins Left Mark At Wilson High

The Wilson High community is still mourning the death of Tierney Kaufman Hutchins. Last month, the accomplished alum and her unborn child, Keira Wade Hutchins, passed away due to complications during pregnancy. Kaufman Hutchins was 35. “Her biggest super power was the ability to connect with people,” her brother Dalton Kaufman said. “She was very […]

Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Obituary Racing

Obituary: Bruce Flanders, Longtime Grand Prix Voice

Bruce Flanders, the longtime voice of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, passed away last Friday at the age of 75.  Flanders had been the official race announcer for the race since 1978, with an energetic and enthusiastic voice that became synonymous with the sunshine and excitement of Long Beach’s signature event. “The ‘Voice of […]