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April 17, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Known for her flamboyant hats and dazzling jewelry, Bernice Woods relished being in the public eye. So when the longtime community volunteer and former Compton city councilwoman died last month, her children opted to place her open casket in the drive-thru display window of Robert L. Adams Mortuary in Compton. "My mother was a community person," said Gregory W. Woods, 55, the youngest of the deceased woman's 10 children. "She meant so much to so many people. It is only fitting and proper that she would be viewed this way. " Adams funeral parlor, a fixture in Compton since 1974, brings to the business of death a convenience of the living: drive-thru viewing of the dead.
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April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
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August 1, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Family members, friends, and her badly injured fiance attended the funeral Thursday of a young woman who was mourned in the same church where she was to have been married this month, before a boat crash on the Hudson River killed her and the would-be best man. Lindsey Stewart, 30, was out with close friends, including fiance Brian Bond, on Friday night when the speedboat they were traveling in slammed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge, about...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Officials are warning commuters to avoid the northbound 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon as funeral services are held for a motorcycle officer who died  several days after he was struck by an SUV. Chris Cortijo, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 27 years, was rear-ended April 5 by a Chevrolet Blazer while stopped on his motorcycle at a red light near Saticoy Street and...
NEWS
February 18, 2012
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
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.
WORLD
April 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, will be held in St. Paul's Cathedral on April 17, officials said Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are expected to attend what will be the most elaborate funeral to be staged in London since the death of the queen's mother in 2002. It will be the first funeral of a prime minister that the queen will have attended since Winston Churchill's in 1965.
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November 11, 2013 | By Morgan Little
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.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn will lead a House delegation to Britain to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday. Announced by House Speaker John Boehner's office Monday, the trip marks a culmination of Republican accolades for Thatcher following her death last week . Thatcher's conservative policies and close relationship with President Reagan won her widespread support within the GOP . “Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known, and her funeral gives Americans and friends around the world an opportunity to pay final respects,” Boehner said in a statement.
WORLD
January 3, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Family and friends mourned British TV personality, journalist and socialite Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof at a private funeral in a 12th century church in southern England on Monday. Geldof, 25, was the daughter of Irish musician and political activist Bob Geldof and the late British TV host and model Paula Yates. She was found dead in the home she shared with her husband, rocker Thomas Cohen and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra, on April 7. The death is being treated as "sudden and unexplained," pending the results of a toxicology report.
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April 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Peaches Geldof, a British model, TV personality and writer, was laid to rest Monday in southern England in a brightly decorated casket that on one side reflected her life as a wife and mother of two.  Family and friends attended the private funeral, with famous faces including Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, models Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, musicians Jools Holland and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and BBC1 TV presenter Nick Grimshaw...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A funeral service for celebrated actor Mickey Rooney will be held Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, family members said. Rooney died at 93 on April 6 at the Los Angeles home of his son and daughter-in-law, leaving a legacy as one of the most enduring performers in show business. During his career, Rooney embodied the All-American boy in the Andy Hardy films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws. He acted opposite Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, collecting award nominations for performances praised by the likes of Cary Grant, Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams.
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March 25, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Mick Jagger was among those mourning the death of L'Wren Scott on Tuesday during a small funeral held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and attended by close friends and family only. The well-known fashion designer and stylist, who'd been with the Rolling Stones frontman since 2001, committed suicide March 17 in her New York apartment. She was 49. The Los Angeles cemetery was closed completely during the service, which ran approximately an hour and was led by the Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church in Pasadena, according to a statement from Jagger's rep obtained by the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Street closures in downtown Los Angeles for the public funeral for an LAPD officer who was killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash was slowing the morning work commute. The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a 16-year department veteran, was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels , after which, a  procession will end at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Lee will be interred. To accommodate the funeral, officials closed Hill Street between Ord and 1st streets, Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway, and the northbound side of Grand between 1st and Temple - slowing the morning work commute through downtown after they took effect at 6:30 a.m. PHOTOS: Fatal collision in Beverly Hills California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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February 4, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose, will be laid to rest in a private funeral in New York City, with a memorial service to be held later, according to reports out Tuesday. The funeral will be only for "the family and close friends," a rep told People in a statement. It will be held Friday, according to the Daily Mail . The memorial, also to be held in New York, is still being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family said through the rep, people could donate to the DreamYard Project or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, both of which Hoffman supported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010
A funeral for entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, his family announced. Lopez, 60, was found dead Friday of a gunshot wound outside his home in Encino. Coroner's officials have confirmed the death as a suicide. Lopez was a founding partner of Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy and Klein, and over the years represented artists including Michael Jackson , the Eagles and Julio Iglesias . He had bachelor's and law degrees from UCLA and was a member of the California State Athletic Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are expected to turn out Wednesday for a funeral for a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search earlier this month. The incident occurred the afternoon of Jan. 21 as  members of BART's detective unit were conducting a probation search at a sprawling apartment complex in the eastern Alameda County bedroom community of Dublin. Det. Sgt. Tom Smith was shot by  a field training officer for the force who apparently mistook him for a hostile suspect while emerging from a room, according to a report by the  San Francisco Chronicle,  which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A fire that killed all but two members of a Kentucky family brought devastating grief but also overwhelming generosity, the family says. Country music group the Band Perry offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother, who died in Thursday's fire in Muhlenberg County. LaRae Watson, 35, and the children, ranging in age from 4 to 15, died in their single-story home in Depoy after an electric baseboard heater ignited nearby combustible material, Kentucky State Police Trooper Stuart Recke  told The Times . Watson's husband, Chad, 36, and one of their daughters, Kylie, 11, were the only survivors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are expected to turn out Wednesday for a funeral for a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search earlier this month. The incident occurred the afternoon of Jan. 21 as  members of BART's detective unit were conducting a probation search at a sprawling apartment complex in the eastern Alameda County bedroom community of Dublin. Det. Sgt. Tom Smith was shot by  a field training officer for the force who apparently mistook him for a hostile suspect while emerging from a room, according to a report by the  San Francisco Chronicle,  which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.
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