Bertram
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 Please check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Today at the “Celebration of Bert’s Life” I became aware of a totally different side of his life. I knew of his devotion to the Training Center and his family, but hearing about all of the other lives he touched was very touching. Bert – you will be missed.

  2. Dear Gloria, Bob, and family, We send our love and prayers to you, our dear friends. We shall miss Bert, but rejoice that he is with our Lord, the one who will sustain you in the coming days and weeks. Regardless of the distance between us, please know that we are with you in spirit and will support you in prayer. With our love, Pastor Bellamy and Charlotte

  3. Dear Gloria, Bob and Family, The employees of SCAN Health Plan and I would like to extend our condolences and best wishes to you. We are grateful to be among the many people that Bert touched during his life. We will miss his enthusiasm, humor and friendship.

  4. Mr.Bert, Was a wonderful person to be around due to that he will have me laughing at he’s jokes all the time and my condolences and prayers go out to his family. DeBorah

  5. Bert was a shining example of a good soul. I’ll always remember the kind interest he showed when speaking with others.

  6. Dear Mrs.Richardson, I will certainly miss Bert’s wonderful sense of humor, his horrible jokes and the twinkle in his eyes. He was a joy to know- thank you for sharing him with us. Mary-Em Manley RN.

  7. To The Richardson Family: I worked with Bert and he was the sweetie person that I have very met an a long time. He also made me laugh whenever he called me to order his wife Gloria supplies. He will be missed very much and I will always remember his smile. God Bless you all. Thank you Eve

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. I have worked here at SCAN for 9 years so I have been working with him for a long time. He was always so pleasant and enthusiastic about life. My condolences to all of his family. He will be missed.

  9. To the Richardson’s family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I have to say that I miss seeing Bert’s Ferrari (his walker) in it’s normal parking spot. God bless.

  10. Bert was a pleasure to work with. He always greeted everyone with a smile on his face and a big hello. Bert, you will be greatly missed.

  11. I remember Bert at some of our SCAN get togethers. He was always so very friendly, courteous, and always had a bright smile! He will be missed. My condosences to his family.

  12. It was a pleasure knowing Bert here at SCAN. He was a genuinely nice man and cared about everyone he encountered. Bert truly took his work here at SCAN to heart. He loved helping people. Bert will be missed. My condolences to you Mrs Richardson. Peace & Blessings Veronica Rich, Staffing Coordinator Independent Living Power SCAN(R)

  13. To the Family of Mr.Richardson: My sincerest condolances for your loss. My wish is to tell you how very much valued and appreciated Mr.Richardson was to so many people here at SCAN. I am one of those people and I have to tell you Mr.Richardson’s character and values shone thru in every one of his words and smiles. We are all thankful for his choosing to share a bit of his life with us. We are indeed priviledged.

  14. It has been a pleasure knowing Bert. During the time that we worked on the same floor, he always took the time to greet me in the mornings which was very special to me. I loved his spirit and his since of humor. I will miss him.

  15. To the Richardson Family My thought and prayers are with you. I worked with Bert for a short time, however he was a joy to work with. His memory will be with me always. He will be missed. Knowing Bert has improved my life.

  16. The first time I met Bert he was standing in front of the paper shredder with a hand full of papers. He was pushing buttons and looking curiously at the machine. I asked if he needed help with it and he said, “Sure”. So I proceeded to feed the machine with the papers from his hands. He shrieked, “I needed those!” then started laughing after he saw the look of horror on my face! I love a good prank…that was one of the best I’ve seen. God Bless you Bert…careful what you try on God up there!

  17. To Bert’s Beloved Family, It was my distinct pleasure to work with Bert. He had a wicked sense of humor that he put to good use with me. I enjoyed visiting with him everytime I saw him. He made me remember why what we do at SCAN is so important. Personally, he reminded me to be more kind and at the same time light hearted. He will be missed everyday. I can’t imagine your pain, but hope you know that you and Bert are in my thoughts during your difficult time. With deepest sympathies, Becky

  18. Bert was always a blast to be around. Everytime I saw him, he was happy and upbeat and ready to crack a joke or tease the staff at SCAN. He often stopped in to talk and joke with the Facilities team, especially “Big Mike,” his nickname for Mike DeMonaco. Bert became known as SCAN’s “Chair Tester.” We spent lots of time shopping around town for the perfect chair for seniors. He chose the furniture for the new Senior Resource Center in both Phoenix and Ventura. Everytime I see those chairs, I will think of Bert. We had a lot of laughs during the process and Bert became a good friend and advisor. I will truly miss him and his smiling face. My condolences to you and your family.

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs Richardson and your family. I thank God for the life shared by Bert with us in SCAN as well as the SCAN members. Bert will be missed by many as it is hard not to notice his vibrant personality. He was always cheerful and greet everybody with a big smile. He was always in good spirit in spite of him walking in his cane. I love his sense of humor and I’m sure he is making the angels in heaven laugh. May the Almighty God give you and your family the grace to cope with your grief.

  20. Bert truly made everyone smile and made you realize and reinforce what we do here at SCAN. His goodwill and sense of humor were definitely contagious. He will be missed. May you and your family be cradled with comfort during your time of need. With Depeest Sympathy, Maritza Medina

  21. Dear Family of Bert Richardson, Bert was a “one of a kind” person who couldn’t help but to leave each persons’ day a little brighter just with his hello’s, smiles, and jokes. Bert treated each stranger as a friend yet to be. By working close to Bert, I was able to hear how he encouraged and empathized with our members, and never gave up trying to solve their problems. His thoughtfulness extended to us as well with boxes of Sees’ candy “just because” and taking the time to ask us how we were doing. I will so miss his gentle spirit, sensitivity and the commitment he had to our Members and employees alike- May you all be comforted during this time, and I’m truly saddened at your loss.

  22. I was truely saddened by the news that Bert was no longer with us. Bert was one of, if not the nicest, most caring people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. When I first met Bert, he had taken a fall just outside of the back entrance to SCAN. I went out and helped pick himself up. After that, everytime that I saw Bert at SCAN, he would make a point of coming over and talking to me. We would share stories about our families and life in general, and my day would always seem a little brighter afterwards. That was his way of returning the favor, and he was always able to help pick me up in spirit. I, for one, will truely miss Bert. I wish nothing but the best to his family.

  23. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bert’s family. Bert is an inspiration to the employees of SCAN through his dedication and spirit for trying to make a difference in our member’s lives.

  24. To the Richardson Family, I was so sad to read of Bert’s passing, when I returned from my leave. You could not help smiling everytime you see Bert enter the Scan building. Bert made it a point to leave you with a smile. I will miss seeing him around. God bless all of you.

  25. Sorry to hear about Berts passing. Shared lots of good times at South bay Church of God with Him and Gloria. He was a true leader and friend. He made the world a better place with his life. Love Jerry and Carrie Lu

  26. I have just returned to SCAN after a week off. I am so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. I only knew Bert slightly and was so impressed by the way he took care of the membership. I am sad at his passing as it is a loss to all of us. Mary Holloway

  27. My thoughts and prayers to you, Berts family. His sweet smiling face will certainly be missed in the hallways at SCAN. Sorry for your loss.

  28. To the Richardson Family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. As a SCAN Sales Representative in Orange County, I loved working with Bert. When my restaurant meetings were booked to capacity during the Open Enrollment period, I would smile when Bert walked in the door. Even when he was using his walker and moving just a bit slower, he was a joy to work with. He was truly what I would call a “Closer” With his knowledge and love of SCAN and the stories he would tell, my meetings were a great success ! He will be missed.

  29. Bob, Shairl, Wendy, and Joy – I just wanted to send a note letting you know that my prayers are with you and your family at this time. He was truly a Godly man and had a great influence on many lives. I have many fond memories of “Grandma Gloria” and “Grandpa Bert” at various functions around church. With love and prayers, Amy Gill (Thurman)

  30. Dear Gloria and the rest of the family: Bert was a wonderful role model and someone that simply always offered me an encouraging word. In 1973 at 18 I was given a camera and I told Bert I wanted a picture of he and Jim Brown. It was for one of the few things I ever attempted to create. I have my creation hanging in the garage and it is postitoned so that I see it everyday. I have stopped several times this week and just thought back on what a class act Bert has always been. I will miss my “Father in the Faith.” All my love – Paul Cavanagh

  31. Fondest memories of “grandpa” Eventhough I was not his blood granddaughter it did not matter with grandpa, As far as he was concerned my sister, brother and I were all his grandchildren. That is the way it was with grandpa. I remember the “dates” as he called them after I got my driver’s license, the pink parasol one of his favorite restaraunt ice cream dates. Then there were the trips to 31 flavors after our “dinner date” to retrieve ice cream for grandma. There are two important times in my life I have called him for advice and to share what is going on here in Colorado. One was when I got married. His response was,”Teri with God anything is possible.” The second was when my son Linden Vance was born, he once again was happy and thrilled I called and in closing the call he said “now don’t forget the two important things in raising a boy, Sunday School and Baseball. Is he going to play baseball?” Grandpa will be missed by all. I can see him standing in Heaven calling my two year olds balls and strikes and giving him pointers from afar. Grandma Gloria, you are in our prayers. Love Teri, Kenn and Linden Vance

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