Cobabe, Irwin John, a 72 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2007 in Rolling Hills Estates. Born in Los Angeles, CA, John was 72 when he died. He was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints Palos Verdes Crest Ward, and the Palos Verdes Country Club. He played football for Redondo Union High School and Brigham Young University. He had a long carreer in local real estate, and in most recent years as an antiques dealer specializing in amphora pottery. He enjoyed fine art, traveling, local theater, golf, and cards. He is survived by his beloved Companion, Mary Brydon of Torrance, CA; Daughter, Caprice (Terry Jeffus) Cobabe of Pomona, CA; Daughter, Carrie Quinn of Manhattan Beach, CA; Daughter, Jennifer Cobabe of Redondo Beach, CA; Son, Kevin (Maren) Cobabe of Long Beach, CA; Daughter, Corinne Cobabe of Manhattan Beach, CA; the Mother of his children, Carol Cobabe of Pasadena, CA; Sister, Lorraine; and Brothers, Bill, Dave, and Leroy; Grandchildren: Sean, Cameron, Kyle, Meghan, and Kai. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Vernon Cobabe; his first wife, Doris Cobabe; their son, Johnny; and seven of his twelve siblings. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Sunday August 19, 2007 from 4 to 8pm. The Service will be held at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Redondo Beach on Monday August 20 at 10am. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. A Reception will be held at the Lighthouse Reception Room at Rice Mortuary until 4pm on Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kaiser Hospice.

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  1. Dear Jennifer, We are so very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. It seems as though you were all very lucky to have such a wonderful and vibrant man for so many years. Please know that we are thinking of you in our hearts as we send you our deepest condolences.

  2. I am so deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your Father! My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I wish I could give you all an “in person” hug, but an email full of love is the best I am able to offer right now. My condolences to your beautiful family. Jodi Cook Family

  3. At this time all my thoughts and prayers are with the Cobabe family and friends. always Robert Wlodyka

  4. Although i didn’t see John very often, living in Mexico, Mary & I are very close friends & I have known him vicariously through her. He was a wonderful kindly soul & I am sorry that he suffered so, for so very long. He wanted so much to be around for his family & friends & leaves a legacy of courage, strength,humour & decency. He will be sorely missed. Sincere condolences to you all. shirley Daley.

  5. We were so saddened to hear of John’s passing. To those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know John through our mutual passion for Amphora pottery, he was not only a true giant in his field, but a real friend who was always ready and willing to share his incredible knowledge with any of us. He was a delightful person and all of us who enjoy Amphora will always remember him. Our deepest condolences to his entire family. Sincerely, Jill and Tom Archambeau

  6. As Amphora collectors we have wonderful memories of John, his warm smile, his infinite knowledge, his integrity, his bright and perfectly arranged displays at all the shows. His presence will be sadly missed. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all the family. Tom & Bea Levenhagen

  7. I have enjoyed over 20 years of my life working,vacationing, raising my children and his at the same time, and he has shared his entire family parents,brothers,sister,and children with me,so much that I feel that there is Cobabe in my blood.I am sending my thoughts,prayers,and best wishes to all of his loved ones that he has left behind, good fortune to you all. John, make a spot for me I should not be far behind you, we have covered much ground together.I will not be able to attend the funeral in person, I send the best that I have to all of Johns friends, and family survivers.

  8. Wow, what a loss! We did not realize that John had been so ill. We remember him with fond memories and are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! With love, The Conrads

  9. We are deeply saddened by John’s passing and want to send our most sincere condolences to his family and friends. We knew John through our shared passion for Amphora. As a former museum director and curator, we learned a tremendous amount from John. He was extremely generous in sharing his vast knowledge of European ceramics and we will forever be indebted to him. In addition to this, he was one of nicest and most sincere gentleman we have had the pleasure to know. We will miss him greatly.

  10. I’m very sorry to hear the sad news of your father’s passing. As I mentioned to Jennifer a while back, I always considered him a role model and significant influence in my life even to this day. The photograph of your family, delivered with the notice, not only reflects the loving family that he had, but serves as a wonderful reminder of what family can be. You were all so lucky to have each other. Sincerely, Mike Durling

  11. Dear Corinne and the Cobabe Family, My heart is so very heavy as I think of what you all are enduring today. I can’t even imagine how difficult this is for you, and I am so glad that you have each other in support and love during this time. What a special picture you have posted here! I’m sure your dad took great comfort in knowing how much you all loved him, and how lucky he was to have such a great family in his lifetime. I hope you all find solace in knowing how much your dad loved you, and that you can take some enjoyment in sharing the great memories you have of him. Take very good care – Kelly

  12. To All My Cousins – I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for the loss off your dad! I had no idea he was so sick. Its just like him to act like everything was fine! Uncle John was such a blessing in my life growing up. More than you will ever know. I used to wish that I had a dad like Uncle John – A True Man of God! I wish I could have made it there today, however, I was there in spirit. I Love you all!!!! Love Robin

  13. I meant to write much sooner and hope that this will actually get to you. You may remember me as Carole Shute (I have since divorced and taken back my maiden name). I was so sorry to hear about John. He held a very important part in our family’s life back in the early 80’s. Among other memories, I have always cherished our trips to Europe to collect treasures for the Rincon house. There was always warmth in his smile, and life seemed to be a great adventure just out there for the taking. The John I knew was a wonderful character, and I know he will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. Carol, if you are able to get in touch with me, please do. I would love to catch up. Again, my sympathy to you all, Carole Poertner

  14. My memories of my Uncle John are special. His first wife, Doris Mae Morgan Cobabe, is my aunt. She is the youngest sister of my mother, Jean Morgan Foote.

    As a young teen, I vividly remember my Aunt Doris returning home from their first date. “John’s different that the other boys I’ve dated. He took charge and planned our date. He gives wonderful bear hugs!”

    John respectfully asked Doris’ father, Bishop Ralph Morgan, permission for her hand in marriage. He told John that Doris had Hodgkin’s Disease and her life expectancy was short. Doris herself had not been told. Without hesitation, John replied “If I have just a short time with her, I will be happy.” They were married in the LDS Los Angeles Temple for Time and Eternity.

    Doris accompanied John to BYU where he became a famous football player. I heard the radio announce “John Cobabe has made another touchdown!”

    John and Doris made their home in Redondo Beach and were blessed with their only child, John Jefferey Cobabe. Doris passed shortly after.

    When Uncle John passed, Aunt Doris’ grave was moved up the hill next to his. Her marker reads “For Time and All Eternity”. They are finally reunited.

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