A Torrance man is planning to offer a poignant message to his late wife on New Year's Day when a plane skywrites the message, "Goodby Beryl," over the Rose Parade.
The message is a tribute to Beryl Brian from her husband of 41 years, Jack Brian, and daughter Jacqui Brian, 23. Beryl Brian died Oct. 10 of breast cancer at age 61.
Brian, a 61-year-old retired engineer, said he got the idea for the message as he and his daughter were driving home from the hospital the morning his wife died and saw a plane skywrite the letter "J."
"We felt that Beryl was telling us that she was still watching over us, so we thought we would return the message," Brian said.