Gonzales, Brandon Lee Passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 16, 2007 after a courageous 15 year battle with Lupus. Brandon was born in Riverside on June 10, 1980 and moved to Torrance when he was six years old. Brandon is survived by his mother Carol Gonzales, his sister Bardette Fisher and nephews Eric and Joey Fisher. He is also survived by his loving grandparents, Earl and Tommye Carter along with a large extended family. Brandon was an avid fisherman who fished many local lakes and frequently took his favorite charter boat out of Redondo for a day of deep sea fishing. Brandon told his grandfather just four days before he died "the sea belongs to me and that is where I want to be......:. His wishes will be respected. Rice Mortuary will handle the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus and Kidney Foundations. Brandon will be missed by all in his family but his memory will remain in our hearts forever. His cousin is quoted as saying "he was the bravest person I have ever known".

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  1. Brandon was a good person. We had so much fun just hanging out. To Carol, Elsie and I send our love and prayers out to you and your family. He’s in a better place. Rest in peace Brandon.

  2. Growing up Brandon was a brother to me and my best friend. I am very thankful to have many years of wonderful memories with my cousin. Everytime I am out fishing I will think of him and all the great memories we had on the ocean. We will miss Brandon and we will never forget him. I would like to end this with a saying that will only make sense to Brandon and I…. “Gator-GAR”

  3. I knew Brandon for sometime. He was a wonderful person and will never be forgotten. He has a wonderful loving family that took good care of him. Brandon is at peace now. Our heart and prayers go out to his family. All our love Carol and Jared

  4. Brandon and I met on our first day of kindergarten together, I remember him as my first Valentine. We ended up having almost every class together all the way up until High School. I considered him one of my oldest and sweetest friends from that very first day of elementary school together, to us going to shows and dances in our teens. He will be greatly missed. My heart and condolences go out to his family.

  5. There are so many memories of Brandon and I that I could not possibly pin point just one. Brandon along with the Antolo’s were like an extended family of mine. My heart goes out to Tommy and Earl whose undying devotion for Brandon was and always will be imeasurable. I can remember many times when the four of us (John, Brandon, Jessie and myself) would wake up early Saturday mornings, eat pancakes that Earl used to make then go fishing out of Redondo. All the good times we shared together I will treasure forever. I miss you Brandon. Rest in peace. -Dusty

  6. Brandon was a very very loyal friend. He will be missed dearly. Brandon may have passed but his spirit will live forever within us. So many fond memories like the time we were playing hockey in the drive way and garage and knocked over paint cans. Or fishing in Redondo Harbor. My condolensces to his family specially Tommy and Earl.

  7. Our sincere condolences to Brandons family, the Carters and Antolos’. I was one of Brandons’ little league coaches and have nothing but great memories of those Yankee years. Brandon was a solid little ballplayer and a pleasure to coach. When we would run into each other he always talked about those fun baseball days. Brandon you will be truly missed.

  8. Brandon was like a second brother to me as we were growing up. I can remember John and Brandon making worm sandwiches to serve to my friends. Or chasing my friends and me with dead fish they had caught. I will always remember those precious years.

  9. Our sincere condolences to Brandon’s family, Bardette, Tommye, Earl, Kathy, Boris, Jenny and John. We were so shocked and saddened to read of his passing. We will hold on to the memories of all the things our families did together during the grade school & middle school years, the many trips to the amusement parks and the little league games. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless. Linda, Kelli and Christopher Kottre

  10. I’m deeply saddened by the news of Brandon’s passing. Though our lives went in different directions in high school, we spent much of our childhood together… I fondly remember bumping into Brandon a couple times in more recent years — It was always nice to catch up, and goof around about how we were as kids. I know this is a tough time for both the Antolos’ and the Carter’s; I pray that you will be comforted in your time of pain and that you will find joy in all the memories you’ve had with Brandon.

  11. Brandon was my nephew. He was the most courageous, stubborn, mischievous little boy and I loved him very much. I feel very blessed that I got to share his childhood with him. He suffered for fifteen yeas and I hope now he will finally be at peace. The wonderful memories I have of Bardette Jenny John & Brandon growing up in Torrance are to numerous to share. But those same memories are what will keep Brandon alive in my heart and never forgotten.

  12. Brandon was part of our family but also he was a friend. He was always up for a roller coaster ride or very scary Halloween night. Brandon was always very brave and we admire the strength he had to endure the physical demads of his illness. Brandon was loved by us all and will be missed. But what I’ll (Catherine) miss most is the twinkle in his baby blues when his mischievous side came out, especially when I got the blame for Grandpa’s missing beer! Brandon will be in our hearts forever and will never be forgotten.

  13. When a member of your family dies, it leaves a void that cannot be filled. My deepest condolences to Tommye and Earl.

  14. It’s a tragedy when young people die. It’s particularly sad when they are a family member. My deepest sympathies to my sister and brother-in-law, Tommye and Earl Carter. They took such good care of Brandon.

  15. I remember when you learned how to walk, the evil grin you would get on your face at times, the day you took the training wheels off your bike because you wanted to be like the older boys, or all the times you and John chase Jenny and I around with worms or the fish you had caught. How you and I would laugh whenever we would relive those memories. You had a way about you that stuck in everyones hearts and minds. You didn’t deserve the pain you edured for so many years. In my heart i know that you are finally at peace. I cherish the time i had with you and will share all my memories with Eric and Joey. I want them to always remember their Uncle Brandon, and the time they were able to spend with you. I can’t picture a single day that I don’t miss you more and more. I will always love you little brother!

  16. During all of the family gatherings and holidays I always remember seeing Brandon there. I knew that he loved to fish and was always up for a good time. Somehow I think that it will be different to not see Brandon at the family gatherings and holidays. I think that he will now rest in peace. I will miss him.

  17. Brandon we will be saying goodbye to you tomorrow and as I write this it makes me very sad. You were to young to die and you should have had your whole life ahead of you. Brandon we will miss seeing you around and from the bottom of our heart we love you and we wish you peace.

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