CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 |
A 23-year veteran of the Pasadena Fire Department was to be remembered Friday at a funeral in Porter Ranch. Firefighter Johnie Simpson died of cardiac arrest June 19 while off-duty. He is survived by his wife and a teenage son and daughter, said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. Simpson was always a team player who was willing to help, and was promoted to engineer several years ago, Derderian said. “He was a great example for a lot of the newer firefighters,” she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 |
Family members and several co-stars attended the funeral Saturday for “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker . The private ceremony took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. According to various reports , Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez were among the celebrities in attendance. Rodriguez later tweeted: “I said goodbye to a great man today, a man I never got to show just how much I love his spirit and his golden heart, 'stay golden pony boy'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 |
Long Beach rapper-turned- reggae artist Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is the latest high-profile artist to contribute money toward the funeral of a 6-year-old girl shot in Moreno Valley last weekend, his representatives told The Times. Snoop has donated an undisclosed amount of money to Tiana Ricks' family, his representatives confirmed. In a statement, Snoop called the girl's death "heartbreaking. " "Little 6-year-old girls are not supposed to die from a gunshot.
January 3, 2014 |
LONDON -- Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal who won worldwide fame as a member of the gang that committed the “Great Train Robbery” of 1963, was given a colorful gangster style funeral in London on Friday. The funeral cortege accompanying a coffin covered with the flags of Britain and Brazil, where Biggs lived for years, included a motorcycle escort of black leather-clad Hells Angels, a Dixieland jazz band and flamboyantly dressed former gangsters. A white floral wreath was fashioned in the lewd two-finger British salute of defiance to authority, the gesture used by Biggs to journalists on his last public appearance at the funeral in March of fellow train robber and mastermind of the robbery, Bruce Reynolds.
November 11, 2013 |
When Harold Jellicoe Percival died last month, the British World War II veteran's obituary mentioned that he had no close family to attend his funeral. But after the obituary went viral, hundreds of people showed up to honor him Monday. Percival, who served as a member of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command, died on Oct. 25 at the age of 99. His obituary requested that “any service personnel who can attend his funeral service would be appreciated.” Its spread across social media brought it to the attention of service members and veterans organizations in Britain, They, in turn, rallied people to attend his funeral and honor his memory on Armistice Day. Mourners at Harold Percival's funeral singing Jerusalem.
June 16, 2010 |
Angel Luis Pantojas was 6 when he saw his slain father's body in a casket and declared: Not me. At my wake, people will see me on my feet. So when he was shot 11 times, twice in the face, and tossed over a bridge in his underwear 18 years later, Pantojas got his wish. Pantojas' family tethered his corpse to the wall, where streams of strangers came from throughout Puerto Rico to see the latest curiosity they dubbed el muerto parao — dead man standing. "You couldn't fit another soul in this room," his aunt Ana Delia Pantojas recalled, showing the holes in the housing project living room wall where the corpse was bound two summers ago. "All sorts of people came here to see him — lawyers, judges.