October 27, 1922 ~ May 28, 2007
Richardson, Bertram Monroe, a 16 year resident of Seal Beach, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2007 in Seal Beach. Born in Quincy, IL, Bertram was 84 when he died. Bertram had served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Faith Christian Assembly located in Leisure World/Seal Beach and of South Bay Church of God in Torrance where he gave his life to Christ and served in the church for 30 years before moving to Seal Beach.
After service in WW II, in 1948, Bert was personnel director of a meat company. In 1949 Bert followed the love of his life, Gloria and moved to Santa Paula, CA where they were married in October, 1950. During this time, Bert became a professional baseball umpire for three years and in 1951 when he moved the family to Torrance he gave up the professional umpping to expand his family. For the next 47 years Bert had a career working locally and nationally in administration and vocational education related to machine and tool technology. He was given national recognition by National Tool & Die for starting three machine technology training centers in Southern California. The centers which are Not for Profit are still successful today.
After retirement in 1999, Bert was reading an add in his monthly SCAN news Bulletin and saw a posting for "Needed Senior Advocates" - he applied and to no ones surprised was selected to work in the organization until he was hospitalized two weeks ago.
Bert enjoyed travel whether by plane or ship or car - he always was ready to go or if you were planning a visit to LA he was your personal tour guide to see sights in LA. you could always count on a stop at the world famous Felipe's, home of the French Dip by Union Station in LA. Whether it was the theater, Dodger baseball or any other sport event or Cirque de Solei, Bert loved to take his family - he didn't want you to miss out on anything; but, of course, one of his favorite past times was taking his wife to Disneyland as he was a charter member of the Disney Magic Kingdom.
Bert officiated basketball games and enjoyed serving as a little league coach and manager while his son Bob was growing up as an all star baseball player. For many years, Bert played golf weekly and in his earlier years he liked to bowl.
Bert was part of the Gideon's International, an organization that distributes Bibles worldwide. Bert served on the Church of God World Service Task Force Team for several years while holding the position of Chairman of the Southern California Board of Christian Education through his denomination and served in various capacities in the local church in Torrance.
Bert's passion was to work but If Bert had one passion, it was sharing his faith in Jesus Christ with those around him. He truly believed in Obedience to God through his career and his everyday living and it wasn't unusual for him to break out into a chorus of his favorite gospel song, "My Tribute" by Andre Crouch. Bert was a speaker for many organizations but he was a true servant of God and of people as he never met a stranger.
He is survived by his loving Wife, Gloria Richardson of Seal Beach, CA, Daughter, Amy Marie (Ted) Flaskerud of Indianapolis, IN, Son, Robert (Shairl) Wallace of Wilmington, CA, Sister, Patricia Louise (H.B.) James of Zionsville, IN and several nephews and one niece spread throughout the US. Preceded in death by Mother, Amy Richardson and Father, Monroe Richardson and one granddaughter, Tamara Wallace. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Monday, June 4, 2007 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The Service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. A reception will follow after the internment at Pacific Crest in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
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