Lawrence (Larry) Hom, a 39-year resident of Torrance, passed away quietly at home on July 7th after a long bout with cancer. Born in Guangdong, China, Lawrence came to the USA in 1951 where he attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles – where all foreign born high-school age students were provided special opportunities to assimilate successfully at that time. It was there that he met his wife of almost 50 years, May. After graduating from Polytechnic High School, Lawrence attended USC on a full scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, as well as a life-long passion for USC football. Lawrence spent his career in the aerospace industry in systems analysis – first with Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, then Northrop Corporation in Hawthorne. He was very proud of his contribution to the development of the Saturn V rocket, part of the Apollo Space Program. Larry's reputation as the "go-to, fix-it guy" as well as the logical voice of reason among family and friends was legendary. He thoroughly enjoyed cheering for all of his grandchildren in their many exploits, as well as for his beloved Trojans. Lawrence is survived by his wife May; daughter Eleanor, her husband Brad and grandchildren Amanda, Nicholas & Alexander; son Edgar and grandchildren Lauren & Ryan, and their mother Sachi; sister Lynn Woo & brother Gordon Poy and their families. For those wishing to remember Lawrence through a charitable gift, the family invites you to make a contribution in Lawrence's name at: towards the procurement of WATER BUFFALOS for needy families in Asia. Caring for a water buffalo was part of Lawrence's youth in China. (Click "Gift Catalog" at the upper right, scroll down to find "Water Buffalo"). A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, July 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Please use this website: to obtain directions to the gathering.

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  1. I am sure your father will live long and strong in your hearts and in your memories. My deepest condolences. Sylvia Simmons

  2. Mrs. Hom, Eleanor and Edgar, My deepest sympathy to you all. Cathy and I will be on the east coast next week and will not be able to visit with you on Wednesday. Please know that you are and will be in our thoughts and prayers. You’ve been a part of my life since grade school and now I feel a part of me has gone, but the wonderful memories will always be there and are a part of me. We will see you when we return in a few weeks. With much love, George & Cathy Shweiri.

  3. Dear Eleanor Just to let you know you are in my thoughts. My deepest sympathies to you and your family in this difficult time. May you be comforted in a small way that he is no longer in pain, and that he was loved and loved much in return. I’ll be keeping in touch soon. With warmest thoughts Cheng & family

  4. To my brother, I (we) will miss you. In thick and thin, you were always there for me, and over the many, many years, it was a pleasure to visit you and talk about -anything. I was so happy to see you on our recent June visit, and then again, to share some memories of our early years growing up together. That was fun! So to this, “life happens.” And we must admit, -it turned-out pretty darn good! You will forever be with us in spirit. Go Trojans!! To my brother’s family: May, El, and Edgar, We will all miss Lawrence. He will forever be in our memories as a kind, generous, thoughtful, and inspiring person -who did so much for you and your children. We should all so proud that he was part of our lives. As we go forward, as we should, keep your smiles up. Lawrence would want that; he remains in spirit to guide and comfort us, until we all meet again. Go Trojans. And Lakers! Our love to you, your brother, Gordon Eiko, Robert, and Elaine

  5. There passes, an honest man , philosopher, stock picker’n’market timer, Car healer, man with spare bedroom, rocket scientist, an atheist in foxhole! Thanks for being part of my life.

  6. Dear Mrs. Hom, El and Edgar, Thank you for including us in your notification circle. I will miss Mr. Hom very much, especially all those deep discussions about life, science, engineering, etc. He was a true “Renaissance Man”. I am proud to consider him a friend. And how can ever forget his charity? How many cars did I inheiret/buy from him?… least three? Gosh, what memories he provided! I hope your knowing that he extended such kindness to others that will not be forgotten gives you some solace in these difficult times. David and Kimiko Bissiri

  7. Uncle Lawrence was a young teenager when I was born, yet he was already mature beyond his years. He has always been one of my favorite blood relatives and role models. When I was about five, Uncle Lawrence took me on my first road trip to El Centro, California. By observing him, I began to learn how to be a safe traveler combined with social grace. My uncle could fix or make practically anything using simple hand tools. He inspired my lifelong interest in automotive repair and improvement. My brothers and I were always amazed how Uncle Lawrence could perform a labor-intensive car repair accurately, and when he was done his hands were still clean! Uncle Lawrence was an intelligent and patient man. He was not loud, bossy or preachy. He simply led by quiet examples of appropriate conduct and integrity. Our extended family has lost a wise and caring patriarch. We mourn his departure and shall always remember his legacy and positive influence on our lives. Now there are no more pains, discomfort or “flat tires” for eternity. Rest in peace my dear uncle.

  8. Dear Hom Family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father. Eleanor and Edgar were such nice Victor School students and Lawrence and May were so helpful in the educational bookstore. God bless you, Vera Little

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