May 13, 1938 ~ November 11, 2011
John M. Workman
John Workman passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, November 11, 2011 of an apparent heart attack. John was the city treasurer for Hermosa Beach for 18 years. Born in Red Oak, IA, John moved to the South Bay in 1941 and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1956. He moved to Hermosa Beach in 1968. He owned Triangle Hardware in Hermosa Beach and became an active community volunteer. In 1993, John was appointed to the Hermosa City Treasurer position where he continued to invest and safeguard the city's money until his death Friday. John was a Rotarian for 33 years and delivered Meals on Wheels for the Salvation Army for over 10 years while caring for his invalid mother, Eva. He served on boards for many organizations including the Salvation Army, Beach Cities Health District, Hermosa Beach Sister Cities, South Bay Credit Union, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and was named Man of the Year in 1989 for his volunteer efforts. John was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Eva Workman, and his brothers, William and Joseph. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen; daughters Sharon (Les) Thompson of Hermosa Beach and Lisa (James) Edwards of Yucca Valley; and son Joseph (Jennifer) of Torrance. He also leaves behind his niece Sandy Smith (Steve) of New York; and nephews Chip (Renee) Workman of San Pedro, and Greg (Dee) Salino of Inglewood. His grandchildren, Shannon and Lauren Thompson, Ashley, Samantha and Joseph Edwards and Sara Merrill will miss him terribly. Visitation is Friday, November 18, 2011 from 5-8 pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The funeral is Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10 am at the Hermosa Beach Community Center with a reception to celebrate his life immediately following at Clark Stadium building in Hermosa Beach. Private interment will take place at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.
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