John M. Workman 1938-2011 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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  1. Great, Loving, Beautiful Man. He always gave me a hug when I came in the house or when he walked in the door and I was there. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  2. He was a good man with a good heart. He tried to help others and his community with little or no recognition. He should have been longer with us. He was very good to us when we first started our family. We will never forget that. Denny and Vilma Dunlap P.S John go in peace we will always remember you.

  3. My sincere sympathies to the entire Workman family for the loss of your loving husband, father and grandfather. John was a long-time friend of the family and a leader in the community. I will always remember being greeted with warm hugs. John, you will be missed dearly, but know that you are in a good place, watching over your family.

  4. John was simply a wonderful man. He exhibited his love for Hermosa Beach and humanity through his actions. I fondly remember first getting to know him at Triangle Hardware. Over the years he provided countless smiles with his jokes. He never said no when asked to support a community project. He was a consumate City Treasurer. His loss tears at the fabric of Hermosa Beach and is surely devastating for his family. He will be truly missed.

  5. Mary Ellen: I will always treasure the generosity of spirit that you and John showed me over the years. I love you both and feel your loss deeply.

  6. We want to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful husband and father- He always had a great sense of humor and was a very giving man- As a person of our society he did wonderful things for the city that he loved and treasured- He will be missed by all who loved and respected him- To know him was to love him The Blais Family Stephen, Emily, Nathan and Brianna

  7. I worked with John for a long time, including when he owned Triangle Hardware. I have never met a nicer human being! Knowing that I will never see him again is hard, but I have only the fondest memories of him. He is already sorely missed. May God be with you as you navigate this difficult time.

  8. I worked with John for the past 10 years. I feel so blessed for having known such a nice person. John was truly a gentleman, he was kind, compassionate, generous and very, very funny. It will be very hard not to see his smiling face anymore. Rest in peace my friend, this place will never be the same without you.

  9. I had the honor of working for John Workman as his deputy for over six years. John Workman was a remarkable person both professionally as well as personally. I was blessed to have been taken under his wig and mentored during my tenure at Hermosa Beach. I sincerely believe that had it not been for John’s spirit and support I would be the person I have become. John was wonderful, caring, funny, insightful, generous, and wise oh so wise. I feel so fortunate and blessed to have been part of his life. I will miss John’s smile so much. Please know you that the entire Workman Family eternally will have a friend in me. My deepest condolences to Mary Ellen(the love of John’s Life), Sharon, Joe, Lisa and the entire Workman Family

  10. It has been an honor and a privilege to have known John both as a neighbor and friend for almost 40yrs. Always pleasant, polite, humorous and so generous in many ways, John will be missed by more people than he ever dreamed of. He served the city of Hermosa Beach proudly and honorably and will be remembered as an honest man,a gentleman, and a gentle man. Our love and sympathy to Mary Ellen,and also to Sharon, Lisa and Joe and their families. Irv and Kathy Nilsen and family

  11. Our sympathies to Mary Ellen and the family. We first met John at Triangle Hardware. He led, guided and directed us through countless home repair problems, always patient and full of great advice. Our oldest son was frequently the “go for” and spent so much time at the Hardware store that John eventually hired him–because our son got to know the store so well. A friendship evolved to the point where we occasionally spent dinners together with John, Mary Ellen, and Joe and Marie Diaz. The first dinner out together was an invite from the Diez’s. John made sure he got to the restaurant before Joe and gave the waitress his credit card–typical of John’s generosity. John will certainly be missed and always in our thoughts.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. John was a wonderful person, always willing to help and with a smile on his face. He will be missed.

  13. John…I was always amazed at your knowledge and valued your support. Your good works through out the Southbay speak for themselves and will be remembered. Your sense of humor entertained and brought much joy to our hearts. You will be missed by all your treasury associates, friends, and family. Peace to you my friend!

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