October 16, 1945 ~ April 19, 2004
Alnes, John W. (Bill) a resident of Hermosa Beach, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2004 at his residence. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Bill was 58 when he died. Bill had served in the Navy during Vietnam. Bill was an avid skier, runner and hiker. A private pilot, Bill was well known for his ariel photography of Southern California. He also took great joy in building and flying model airplanes. Bill was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church and he is survived by his Wife: Christine Alnes, Mother, Betty Alnes of Redondo Beach, CA, Father, John Alnes of MN, Daughter, Leslie and Sons, Michael and Steven. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 22, 2004, 4:00PM - 8:00PM at White & Day Hermosa Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be Friday, April 23, 2004, 10:00AM at American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach.
We wish all the best to Christine and the family as we share a memory about Bill. Bill\’s ariel photography was one of the most popular booths at the Fiesta Hermosa, the largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California. The Fiesta, sponsored by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, was proud to have an artist such as Bill in our show. He will be greatly missed by the Fiesta staff and volunteers, as well as the many customers who return to see his new works at every show. We send our condolences to his family and friends, and will remember Bill every day as we look at the photograph of Fiesta that he took for us in 1996 that we have in our office.
Tom Alnes and family, Denise and Neal just called me about Bill and we just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Terry Fredericksen
To Chris,lisa,Michael and Steven, Our deepest condolences go to you and your family. Times like this the words are so hard to find. Our memories play such an important role in our life especially at this time. I found this verse that I have found comfort in: And if I go, While you\’re still here…know that I live on, Vibrating to a different measure – behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait the time when we can soar together again – both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to it\’s fullest. And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart…I will be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, John & Christy Brown / Cameron & Christopher
Dearest Chris, Leslie, Mike and our “2nd” son Steve…. We want you to know that we have talked about Bill and you so much that it is as if we are with you every moment. We hurt with you and wonder over the “Whys of God\’s Plans”. We are holding you in our prayers and praying for God\’s gentle comfort to envelop you. We feel so blessed to have known, Bill, the gentle giant with a loving character. What a gracious and talented photographer who captured God\’s beauty. We saw the wonderful love he had for you evidenced by the way he has always provided for your needs. We remember how much time he has spent with Mike and Steve with their cars. We will forever see him standing in his booth at the fairs with you ,Chris, poring through his photos looking for the perfect one to share with an excited admirer. We think about the times he helped Leslie in college in New York. Your husband and father lovingly served you and was committed to life\’s roles. Thank you again for sharing your family with ours. Bill will be with us in our hearts forever. Love to you all…Tim, Lila, Chris, Karissa, and Carly Correa
Dear Chris, Leslie, Michael and Steve: Harold and I were very sad to hear the news about Bill. Talking about it brought back memories of those days we all played coed softball together. That was so much fun — we had such a great team, didn\’t we! And then there were all those soccer games with the boys. Every game was memorable! And of course every time I went to the Hermosa fair, I always made a point of stopping at your booth to say hello, catch up and chat a bit. It\’s not going to be the same without you guys there. You will be sorely missed by everyone. Our hearts are with you all during this very difficult time. With love, Susan and Harold Cohen
Dear Alnes Family, I was sad to read of the passing of your husband and father. I remember Leslie so well as a wonderful student in the Block and as a great role model for students at MBI when she took first year French there. I also smile as I remember her fabulous black and white photos of the trip to France. I send you my condolences. How proud your father must have been of you, Leslie. Fondly, Mrs. Fredricks
Dear Leslie, I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am not sure if you remember me, but I went to school with you. I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you. Take care, Bryndis Gudmundsson
The Nichols family expresses its sincere condolences over the passing of Bill. We will treasure the photographs of Hermosa Beach that Bill created and will think of him often when we gaze upon them. We were all very fortunate to have encountered such a talented and generous man in this life.