Straus, Mitchell Albert, a 49 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at his home in Redondo Beach after a 2 year battle with cancer. Born in St. Paul , MN , Mitch was 68 when he died. Mitch proudly owned "Redondo Barbers" on Torrance Blvd. for the last 13 years. Besides giving the best hair-cuts in the South Bay, he was an avid golfer and he loved the USC Trojans and the L.A. Angels. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Betty Straus of Redondo Beach, his son, Jeff Straus, his daughter and son-in-law, Brooke and Dennis Lane, his grandchildren Andrew, Kate and Tatum, his sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Dick Fulbright, and nieces Susie and Tracy. A memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. with a reception following in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room.

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  1. Good-by to a gentle soul who ran one of the brightest barbering establishments I’ve ever known. After 12 years I’m going to miss regular visits to a uniquely “green” and airy environment as much as I’ll miss the usual being told “You missed Molly. She just got picked up a couple of minutes ago.” I regret I’m not going to be able to fulfill one promise I made in Mitch’s memory. I swore off haircuts but it looks as if this is yet another resolution I can’t keep. The last time I went 90+ days without barbering was 35 years ago. Somehow, long hair looked more attractive (and markedly less straggly) on me then. Sorry, Mitch…I’ve failed, but farewell anyway.

  2. It was an honor and a privilege visiting Mitch every other Saturday for eight years. With sports on TV and Playboys in the drawer, it was a true man’s barbershop. Getting a haircut anywhere else never has been and never will be easy.

  3. My condoloences to the family of Mitch Straus. I was a customer at Redondo Barbers for about 12 years. The conversation with Mitch and the customers waiting was always enjoyable, and it wasn’t always about golf, though often it was. Mitch was a confident, one of a kind guy. He will be in my memory for many years to come.

  4. Dad, You were and will forever be my hero and the one and only man I look up to. I will always miss the talks about life. You always gave me the best advice, whether I realized it at the time or not. Rest In Peace. With Love, Your Son Jeff

  5. Hi ya Mitch….no more pain now, right. Ya know, as we disussed the other week…. when we’re done here. we can’t take anything with us, but we do leave a lot in our wake……and your wake is full of love and joy and laughter. it couldn’t be better. It’s what the world needs now more than ever. Thank you my friend….and I’ll see ya soon , but not to soon..ok ? Freddy

  6. A footnote after a most beautiful service and tribute to Mitch’s life. One other thing left in this wonderful mans wake is his extraordinary loving family A legacy men dream of. Thanks for touching us so deeply Brooke. Your fathers friend, Fred

  7. I will miss Mitch. It was always a joy to come in to Redondo Barbers and chat with Mitch, both while waiting for a haircut, or while in the chair. He also enjoyed receiving the various golf items brought to him, including the Planet Golf hat, and the 3 Stooges mousepad. I was out of the Country in September, and learned the news today. I know Mitch is now in the presence of Our Lord. His thoughts for us are likely “And until we me again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand”. Mitch and his family will be in my prayers. PEACE

  8. Betty, We will all miss Mitch very much. Over the 6 years that Mitch cut my hair I have become a friend whom very much enjoyed having Mitch cut my hair and hanging out at his shop. What little hair I have left that is. I know Mitch was a born again beliver of Jesus Christ and we all see him again. It is our great hope as Christians. So I celebrate Mitch’s life and it is us that are left behind to grieve our loss of him. He is dancing on streets of Gold and in God’s hands now. No more pain and suffering. I still go to the Barber shop and have my hair cut by Marie. Today I was able to see sweet Mollie. God Bless you and the Straus family at this time of loss of your husband and best friend. Mr. Straus was a great man and we are all blessed to have had him in our lives. With our love, Eric & Nancie, Daniel, Elizabeth

  9. Betty, My deepest condolences are with you at this difficult time. I only just discovered this sad news. Mitch was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. He cut my hair for seven years after I moved to Los Angeles from Australia. In our conversations over the years, he always spoke of his deep love for you, and his family. May he rest in peace now; the suffering is over. Andrew Power

  10. Dear Betty & All family members, I learnt with great sorrow the eventual death of Mitch. He was a true friend for 32 years. It is difficult to understand these type of losses, their unfairness and immense loss. We will never know the “why”; but we do know how much Mitch loved his family. He wanted you, Betty, to be comfortable all your life. and he adored his grandchidren. We are unable to attend the Service because of an out-of-town appointment. Let me quote one of Mitch’s statements, “Enjoy Life everyday, not just on the days you get a good score”. He was referring to bad golf scores. Our prayers are with all family members. Sincerely with prayers. Rags & Neelam

  11. How lucky we were to know and love Uncle Mitch. Our memories will live on through Betty and Jeff and Brooke and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, Uncle Mitch, and know that no one could have been loved more.

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