James Richard Frey James Richard "Dick" Frey, a long time resident of Hermosa Beach, passed away at his home on November 28, 2005. He was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1922. He was the son of James Truelsen Frey, a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. His mother was Matildia Nuetzel Frey. Dick was a graduate of Banning High School where he lettered in track, baseball and basketball. His shot put record stood at Banning High School from 1939-1976. He was described in the Los Angeles Times in 1940 as the "outstanding player of the strongest basketball league in the city set-up-that's the honor earned by Dick Frey, high scoring center of Phineas Banning in Wilmington. To be the outstanding player, of the outstanding team, in the outstanding league is a quite an accomplishment." He received the Helms Athletic Foundation Athlete of the Year Award in 1939 and 1940. He played on the All-City and All-Southern California Board of Basketball first team in 1938, 1939 and 1940. He received as a scholarship to USC to play either baseball or basketball and chose basketball. His studies were interrupted to serve in the Army during WWII. He was part of the invasion forces that drove into France in 1944. He received the Purple Heart and other honors. He received his degree in engineering from USC in 1948 and worked for Garrett Airesearch until 1996. He spent his retirement between his home in Hermosa Beach and his farm in Paso Robles. He is survived by his wife Betty, three children: JoAnne Frey Perkins of Newport Beach, Carol Frey of Hermosa Beach and Jeannine Frey Culp of Paso Robles. He had seven grandchildren: James Burt Perkins, Scott Richard Perkins, and Michael Stewart Perkins of Newport Beach; Richard Andrew Culp and Matthew Michael Culp of Paso Robles; and Jake Frey Feder and Richard Frey Feder of Hermosa Beach. All the boys are outstanding athletes! The service for Dick Frey is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, December 3, at the Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, California. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. I only knew Dick for the last couple of years of his time with Garrett [AlliedSignal by then] from 1994 to 1996 when I was transferred from England to Torrance. I sat in an office just along from him. A really nice man who made me feel at home. I share your sorrow; may you have the strength to smile and live for the many happy memories you must have. Alan Purchase

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  3. I am Dick’s Hermosa Beach neighbor across diagonally on Sixteenth Street, having lived here since 1970. I am saddened to learn of his passing. I knew from Willis Hayes and Jeannine that he had returned, and I was looking forward to seeing him again in the neighborhood and chatting with him. I am so sorry that I missed the service. I needn’t tell the family that he will be remembered fondly by all of the old neighbors. I always enjoyed the chance encounters on Beach Drive – the “alley talk” and the “garage talk”. And I thank you for the terrific Trojan photograph. George “Bud” Lanz

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