Brierley, Frederick J. Age 97, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on July 24, 2007. Born in Lancashire England on February 10, 1910, the family immigrated to the U.S. in 1923, settling in Detroit, Michigan. At the outbreak of WWII, Fred was commissioned as a Naval Officer stationed in San Diego, CA, where he met and fell in love with Peggy Wurzell. They married and settled in Torrance where they raised their three children. Fred retired as Dean of Occupational Education at Santa Monica College in 1975. Fred enjoyed playing tennis, golf, traveling, a good card game and singing his famous English "Ditties". Family times were always very special to him, especially times spent with his precious grandchildren. Fred is survived by his wife Peggy of 62 years, daughter Kathy (Larry) Pinson, sons Duffy (Gail) Brierley and Casey (Jill) Brierley. He was the beloved Grandpa to Scott (Karen) Pinson, Kelly (Nick) Hinerth, Bonnie (Ricky) Hansen, Sean Brierley, Kyle Brierley and Brigitte Brierley and many nieces and nephews who will dearly miss their "Uncle Fred". The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday August 3, 2007 at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church at 1pm, with a reception immediately following. Private internment will be at a later date. The Brierley Family wishes to thank Torrance Memorial Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of our loved one. In lieu of flowers a scholarship fund has been established in Fred's name at Bishop Montgomery High School. Donations may be sent to Bishop Montgomery H.S., 5430 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 Attn: Development Department. Please specify The Fred Brierley Memorial Scholarship.

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  1. May God bless the Brierley Family in their time of loss. I will miss Fred who was always quick with a smile and a kind word. May he rest in peace. Craig, Rachelle & Alicia

  2. My sympathly goes out to all the family memembers. I regret that my schedule does not permit me to rearrange it and attend the service. I certainly have many members of Mr Brierley (as we called adults during our youth). As with other familys we all moved to the new track houses, I was 5, and there were kids at every house up and down the street. I can recall how organized and immaculate his garage was. And how for birthday parties we played games there. And there was a system were you received play money depending on how you did on the game. At the end of the day the person with the most money got to chose a prize first. For me it was an early memory of how great it was to have a handfull of money even if it was play. One fall Duffy and I found an ad in Boy’s Life where you could sell Christmas cards and get a pup tent. We worked hard to sell those and send in for our tent. When we got it, it was nothing like the picture, it had no floor or door. Mr Brierley took the tent to Santa Monica College and had one of the classes put in a floor and door, after which it was a really great tent. I never played golf with him but I new he must be good. Every weekend I would watch him chip from the grass at the sidewalk, street level, over a rail fence to his lawn which was about 3 feet higher. I was amazed as he was hitting right towards the front of his house and I never recall him hitting it. I remember him for his calm disposition and friendliness. My prayers and sympathy to all, Bob

  3. We have been blessed to have had Uncle Fred a part of our lives and have great sympathy for your loss. You are in our prayers.

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