Howard
Hurley, Howard William, a 56 year resident of Torrance and parishioner of Nativity Catholic Church, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 27, 2007 in Temecula, California. Born in Albion, Pennsylvania in 1912, Howard was 95 when he died. Howard moved with his family in 1923 and lived in Eagle Rock where he attended St. Dominic's Elementary School and Cathedral High School where he excelled in sports and debating. In his junior year moved to Berkeley, California where he graduated from Saint Mary's College High School and then graduated from Saint Mary's College. He joined the Christian Brothers order as Brother Arthur and taught English, journalism and headed the debating team and served as sports director at Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. Answering the call to duty, Howard joined the Army in 1943 and served in Europe starting in Normandy and advancing through to Czechoslovakia by the war's end. During the campaign he was wounded and received the Purple Heart medal. Howard continued his military career as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps while stationed in Germany, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following retirement from the Army in 1964, Howard resumed his teaching career at Jefferson and Anza Schools in the Torrance Unified School District and later at Bishop Montgomery High School. After retirement from teaching in 1982, Howard, a deeply religious man, was actively involved in many service roles at Nativity Catholic Church. He and his wife, Agnes, also traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. Personal Interests/Hobbies - Literature, gardening and an avid Notre Dame and Bishop Montgomery sports fan. He is survived by his sons Christopher, Timothy and Stephen, grandsons Gregory, Wesley, Shane and Daniel, granddaughter Tara and great-grandson Bryan. Preceded in death by his Wife, Agnes Catherine Hurley; Mother, Margaret Hurley; Father, William Hurley; Brother, James Hurley and Grandson, Jeffery Ryan Hurley. The Memorial Service will be held at Nativity Catholic Church in Torrance on Saturday January 12 at 11:45 am. Burial with full military honors will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. As a teacher, military officer and father, Howard was an inspirational leader to all that had the privilege of knowing him. He served God, country and his community with dignity and integrity. He was the consummate gentleman and will be profoundly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Howard's honor.

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  1. Christopher, Stephan, Timothy. Sorry about the lost of your Father. Was a Shock to us when we heard the news, I was thinking about him, just prior to his death.I was praying hard for him & Augnas. Sorry that we could not make the trip for the service. We will donate money to the Alltimers foundation, in Howard’s name Love Mark & Chris Donovan

  2. Tim, and family— I happened upon this quite by accident on the internet. I’m so sorry for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Kathy Braasch (Ritz)

  3. Dad, You were a great leader and inspiration in my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your loving guidance and support. I Love you Dad.

  4. To the Hurley Boys, Your mother and father were in my life as good neighbors and friends for 38 years. I was very fond of both of them. They lived long and good lives and will be missed. Sincerely, Laura Oreskovich

  5. Yes, I remember Mr. Hurley as one of the more significant teacher influences in me life.I remember the booming. I did, you did, he, she, it did as a perminant marker in my memory. I remember having to memorize a piece of poetry for presentation before class on Friday. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me……….. Mr Hurley was a leader and champion among other educators and passionate in his willingness to deliver heartfelt poetic presentation like no other teacher. How many hundreds of people who have attended his class are more confident today from having been taught posture, projection, and eye contact while reciting poetry before a class? The skills Mr Hurley have taught me are everlasting and are remembered with thanks and gratitude. I’ve used his name many times through the years as a example of a great teacher memory. I really loved Mr Hurley. Ken Keller, Anza Elementry (71)

  6. As I was reading my younger brothers obituary in the paper this morning, I was also saddened to see Mr.Hurley’s obituary. Mr. Hurley was my English Teacher at Anza School in 1970 and 1971. He was a great teacher and motivater to many students however like many things, I did not realize his greatness until I became an adult. I am a Torrance Police Officer and I remember one day while I was on patrol, I saw Mr. Hurley watering his lawn. I remember walking up to him and having the opportunity to shake his hand. At first I could tell that he wondered why a Police Officer was walking up to him, but after I introduced myself I was shocked that he actually remembered me. We shared some funny stories that day which I will always remember. To Mr. Hurley’s family, I extend my families condolences for their loss. I know what they are going through because my younger brother passed away last Monday. May his family take joy in knowing that he molded many young minds and like the old saying goes, “they don’t make teachers like him anymore”. Sincerely, Dave Crespin

  7. I just learned of Mr. Hurley€™s passing a few moments ago. Without question, Mr. Hurley was one of my most influential teachers. I was blessed to have him at both Anza and Jefferson. Not only was he an extraordinarily encouraging man (and a tough teacher) but he had a tremendous gift for providing his students with what they needed: a great education. I€™ll always remember our Friday assignment: committing a passage to memory and his insistence on proper delivery. Oh, there were so many . . . €œSpeak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. . .€ (Shakespeare) €œThe fog comes on little cat feet. . . €œ (Carl Sandburg) €œFour score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.€ (Lincoln) €œI must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. . . €œ (John Masefield) Yes, I still remember them! Mr. Hurley€™s dedication to his students and to the teaching profession was exemplary and, many decades later, I still think of him as the epitome of what it means to be a good teacher. God Bless you, Mr. Hurley.

  8. I will fondly remember Mr. Hurley from Anza as my teacher, 1968 – 1970. Always sharp as a tack, shirt and tie, with his booming voice. Where have all these teachers gone? Mr. Hurley taught us respect, for authority, society and ourselves. Our teachers help mold our lives. What treasures. Had I known he was living next door to my town I would have gone to visit. I remember him bringing his son “Timmy” to school prior to the new year beginning one day. I was about 14 or 15. Timmy wanted to come to my house because I lived across the street from the park and school. So, Timmy came over for cookies… I wonder if “Timmy” even remembers this? I am now 51 so he was maybe 8 or 9 I believe. Afterwards, Mr. Hurley would always keep me abreast of what “Timmy” was doing as he was growing up. Somehow after 1975 I lost touch. Rest in Peace Mr. Hurley, job well done. Lori Gray

  9. I only found out about Howard’s death today from a fellow Anza classmate/friend and am devastated I missed the memorial service. It is thanks to him that I am writing today. Even after all these years I still remember his praise and encouragement regarding my compositions. In fact, I kept my stories, complete with his grades noted on them. God bless this wonderful man – when others doubted my efforts to become a writer, I remembered his words and kept writing. Thank you, Howard, for being in my life! Diana Kemp-Jones class of 1969

  10. What a magnificent man Mr. Hurley was! Mr. Hurley was my English teacher at Jefferson Middle School in the early ‘70s. My two brothers and I all remember having him — and how much of an influence he had on our lives. We remember the poetry and prose we had to memorize every week. We remember his dramatic and theatric nature, that huge smile. And now, as adults, we remember how special all those memories are. Not a doubt in our minds that he will be missed. To his family: our sincerest condolences. It’s amazing to read how many great things he did during his lifetime. How special to have had him in your lives. We wish you peace as you celebrate his life and share all the magnificent memories. Someone said: God gave us our memories so we could have roses in December. What a rose, that Mr. Hurley! In Loving Memory… Softly from the shadows You heard a gentle call. With farewells unspoken You gentle left us all. God saw you were getting weary. He knew you needed rest. He must have a beautiful garden For he only takes the best. –Robert M. Brack

  11. Howard and Agnes were our neighbors for 45 years. We are saddened to read of Howard’s passing. It’s not the same here on Patronella without them. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you.

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