Amador B. Espinosa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 9, 2013. He was born on August 20, 1923 in Gardena, California. His family moved to Redondo Beach three years later and was a lifelong resident. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, taking part in 30 bombing missions. After the war, he went back to his job at the local theaters in Redondo Beach. He was a hardworking man, holding down another job at Marshall Anderson, a produce company in Los Angeles. He also went to Woodbury College completing a coursework in Foreign Correspondence. One day a police captain from Redondo Beach asked if he wanted to join the police department. Amador thought it was a good idea and went through the application and testing process. The 1950s was not an easy time for Mexican-Americans. Though he was qualified for the job, he was denied the position due to his race. This did not deter Amador from serving his community. He took the next best position at the Administration Division of the Redondo Beach Police Department. He began his career as a Clerk Stenographer in 1956, working his way up as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police, serving 8 Chiefs over his 37-year career. He was responsible for numerous tasks, including managing the Chief's day to day schedule, court paperwork, personnel transactions, correspondence and acting as an interpreter. Serving the community is in Amador's DNA. Taking only about a 6-month hiatus after his retirement in 1993, he came back to the Redondo Beach Police Department as a volunteer, a task he joyfully tackled for 19 years. He has served the RBPD and the community for a total of 56 years. Amador thought of others first before himself. He was dedicated and loyal to the Redondo Beach Police Department and its members. If you were to look up the following words in any dictionary: public servant, generous, thoughtful and selfless –Amador's picture would be there. He is survived by his children – Paul, Ann, Kathleen (and Gary), and Stephen; and grandchildren – Angela, Jaclyn, Brigitte, and Eric. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90503. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. James Church 415 Vincent, Redondo Beach CA 90277, followed by the interment at Pacific Crest Cemetery – 2701 182nd St. Redondo Beach, CA 90278. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Amador Espinosa may be sent to the Salvation Army Redondo Beach – 125 W. Beryl St, Redondo Beach CA 90277.

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  1. Growing up in Redondo I was in awe of Amador and how he worked 2 jobs forever and started the day with black coffee and a giant jalapeno pepper!

  2. I am deeply saddened with the passing of Amador, I knew him from a brief career at Redondo Beach. He was the heart of the police department.

  3. Amador was a very good friend of both our father, Jack Kitchen and mother, Louise Kitchen. I will always remember the words of Amador on the day of our fathers memorial service. He pinned a special RBPD pin on my fathers lapel and said what a good friend Jack had been. Amador, I know heavens gates opened wide for you! God bless you and comfort your dear family.

  4. Thank you both so very much. He loved you both very much. Thank you for a beautiful gift basket!

  5. I remember your father Jack from when I was quite young and we lived on Elena St. Yes, he used to speak of your family in a loving way; good friends and now they see one another again I think. What a sweet story. Thank you for sharing. Love and blessings to you and your family, Karen

  6. What a nice and gentle man I had the opportunity to know. The stories he shared with me were special. Knowing the same people my family and I knew in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Redondo were terrific. I remember Amador showing me a picture of my parents toy store on Pacific Avenue in Redondo in the 1960’s when he worked at the movie theatre. I will always remember the nights at Spires where he wouid order a breakfast for dinner and of course Thursday nights at his home on Catalina. And boy.. he sure liked yougurts. I will miss him dearly.He was one of a kind.

    Rest in peace my buddy


  7. My loving Uncle…When my dad passed away, out of all my dad’s brothers, Uncle Amie was always an Uncle to us. I have so many memories of him taking me and Angela places. We always had fun. i remember when he would take me to the police station when he was still working there and i used to hang out in his office. When I got married it was so nice to have him there, especially because I believe he was there on my dad’s behalf. When me and my family moved to Arizona the end of last year, he was in the hospital and I called him. We had a really great conversation. He told me my dad would be proud of me and he let me know that he was happy with the life I made for myself too. He didn’t realize those words meant so much to me. Uncle Amie loved me and I will miss him. I am so thankful I was able to talk to him on the phone right before he passed. He was always chipper when I spoke with him. If I don’t stop now, I will end up writing a book.

  8. I wanted to clarify. I got to speak with Uncle Amie about a week before his heart attack. Ann, I am sorry for your loss. I wish I could have been at the funeral. My love to you and the family.


  10. Dear Espinosa Family,

    I just find out of loss of Mr.Espinosa..and I regret myself I was too late to share your loss on time.I used to deliver newspaper Daily Breeze to the RBPD between 1982-1985..During this time I lost my dad and brother..He was so thoughtful and he shared his experience with me to relieve my pain.And it helped alot.I was planing to visit the States and I was I was trying to find out old friends but I run into this page …I don’t know what to say..But I can say that he is in “heaven” for sure ..God bless him…and God give patience to his family…

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