Radcliffe, John Richard (73) beloved husband, father, grandfather, educator, and coach passed away Tuesday September 22, 2009 after a long battle with heart disease. John was born in Orange, California and moved to Los Angeles at a young age. He graduated in the winter class from Manual Arts High School in 1953. Post graduation he joined the Navy and was stationed in New Jersey. Upon his return to California he enrolled at Pepperdine College and played baseball, earning the nickname, "Wheels." John graduated with a bachelor of science degree and began teaching and coaching in Compton. In 1968 John was named Varsity Baseball Coach at Torrance High School. Then in 1970 he married his wife of 39 years Carolyn Christopher, whom he had met at Pepperdine. During his more than three decades at Torrance High along with being baseball coach, he coached track, football, volleyball, and softball as well as being the schools athletics and activities director. After "retirement" John went on to work in the compliance office at Long Beach State often joking that, "Now that he had finished high school, he was off to college!" John was also well known for his work with the Lakers. He was employed by the organization for 48 years, most of those serving as the teams Official Scorer. John was a member of First Lutheran Church of Torrance since 1978 serving as a head usher and in various other capacities, which brought him great joy. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Kris (wife) Eden, granddaughters Victoria and Courtney, daughter Suzanne Hannemann (husband) Nick, grandson Hunter, sister Susan Radcliffe and her husband Lee Zitko, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at First Lutheran Church, 2900 West Carson St. in Torrance, at 3:00 PM on Sunday September 27th. A reception in Faith Hall at the same location will follow. All are welcome to come and celebrate John's life. In lieu of flowers the family asks for contributions to "Project Faith" at First Lutheran Church in memory of John Radcliffe. John will be missed by so many but most of all by his loving family who are so thankful for everyday that they had with him. Please use this website, to send the family messages or share memories.

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  1. Caroline, Kris and Suzanne, I am very sorry to hear of John’s(coach) passing. I have many wonderful memories of THS baseball, both as a player and as a coach at THS. I was always grateful to John for giving me the opportunity to help coach for a few years after graduation. John always had a nice “Hello David” everytime we saw each other. Please accept my condolences to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

  2. Our dear friends Carolyn, Kris and Suzanne, We are very saddened by John’s passing and send our love and prayers. John was a class act and had such a way about him! We cherish all our memories. See you on Sunday to celebrate his life! Love and hugs, Khris and Stan

  3. My condolences on your loss. I thought a great of John and respected what he did for the kids at Torrance High. John gave me my first high school football coaching opportunity in the late 70’s. I always appreciated what he did for me. John will be missed by many, but especially the high school sports community of the South Bay. John was one of the reasons I became an athletic director. He was truly a good person.

  4. Radcliffe Family, I worked with John at Long Beach State and he was so caring and steady. I never heard him say a poor word about anyone and he was always so positive. His faith and his family kept him that way. Please know that you are in our prayers and that the Loyola Marymount Athletics Family sends its sympathies. He was special, he will be missed.

  5. Carolyn, Kris, Eden, Tori and Courtney, Suzanne, Nick and Hunter: Our thoughts and our love are with you at this very sad time. I know how much John will be missed by each of you. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing John had their life enriched. We will keep his memory in a very special place in our hearts.

  6. I’m so sorry. John was one of “the good guys”….sincere, honest and respected. I admired and liked John very much. I’ll miss him – a SBAC and golfing buddy. Rob Scharf Anything I can be of help with, please let me knowl.

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