John William Bard A wonderful father and husband, loyal friend and loving grandfather, John William Bard passed away on June 20, 2008 in Torrance of heart related problems. He was born in Burbank, California on November 6, 1935 to Helen (Turnquist) and Michael Bard. John enjoyed his childhood living on a working ranch in California. He lived on the ranch with his family and numerous cousins on his mother's side including his Uncle Johnny whom he admired. John hunted and rode horses with his brother Arthur and cousin Don whom he loved as a brother. John was an avid explorer and he extensively traveled the United States and Mexico during his adventures. John was a pioneer scuba diving in search of abalone in Mexico, a trimaran sailor in the pacific, an airplane pilot flying across the United States, a gold miner in northern California and Alaska and a stuntman in western movies. John was also a frogman in the Air force reserves. John worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic for sixteen years. He built and designed the department's fireboat and was its skipper. John was respected for his work ethic and strength. John retired in 1978 due to work related injuries. John loved to talk about guns, boats, dogs and especially his son with whom he shared an unbreakable bond. He loved watching USC football. It reminded him of his childhood and his father who would take him to watch the games. In his later years John became an artist painting many pictures together with his wife Donna. John loved his life before his many illnesses and having the gift of gab loved to tell the tales of his journeys. John was a man who always put the needs of his family before his own. Most of all John was a loving father who taught his son honor, respect, the importance of family and integrity. His force on this earth will be missed. John is survived by his wife Donna, son Michael and two grandchildren Riley and Danielle.

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  1. Sorry to hear about John! My ole Paramedic Partner. C shift Station 2. Redondo Beach Fire Department retired. If I only did half the things that John did I would have had a full life. My thoughts are with you.

  2. I worked with John for a number of years on the Redondo Beach Fire Department. We would sit up late, many nights, talking about lifes experiences. John was one of the most fascinating individuals that I have ever met and I enjoyed and valued his friendship. I am sorry for your loss but the world has been a better place because of John’s having passed this way. May your family be comforted by God’s love,grace and peace during this trying time.

  3. Dear Bard Family, My name is Phil Christian. I was John’s Battalion Chief for the last few years he was on the R.B Fire Department. He was a paramedic at the time, and a very good one. I attended his retirement party when he had to leave the department. I will miss him.

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