Pierce, James Bertram, a 39 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Lakota ND, Jim was 75 when he died. He had served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Jim was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Jim is survived by his wife, Beverly Pierce of Torrance, CA; daughter, Catharine (Kevin) Hofer of Concord, CA; daughter, Deborah (Todd) Brown of Canton, MS; son, Steve (Debi) Pierce of Homewood, CA; sister, Barbara (Robert) Chavez of Littleton, CO; sister, Vonnie (Michael) Hughes of Omaha, NE; and 5 grandchildren: Rebecca Hofer, Ryan Hofer, Kyla Pierce, Joe Pierce, and Tessa Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertram and Estelle Pierce; and sisters Dolores Pierce and Roberta Scofield. The Memorial Service will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Wednesday February 10, 2010 at 10am. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Dear Pierce family and Friends, Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you with heartfelt sympathy. Jim was an exceptional man whose dedication, keen mind, and many contributions always inspired his Teradata co-workers to excel. This kind and gentle giant left huge footprints in our hearts, ever so quietly and softly. May you find comfort and strength in the Christian promise and treasured memories of Jim. With deepest sympathy, Jack & Paula Shemer

  2. Dear Bev, Cathy, Steve. Debby and family, Dave and I were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have always considered us part of the extended family because we enjoyed participating in your family holidays. For my part I am forever grateful for the fatherly relationship Jim had with my brother Kevin. I know he was a tremendous influence on his life and Kevin will carry his memory in his heart forever. One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?” The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.” I think that Jim’s footprints may be gone from this earth but Kevin and I will carry them in our hearts. Some people touch your heart and are never forgotten. All our love, Dave and Marlene Macbeth

  3. We will miss Uncle Jim. He was a very good brother to our mom (Barbara Gene Chavez). Our deepest sympathies go out to Aunt Bev and family.

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