Nicholas Eldon Marra, a life-long resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Harbor City, CA, Nick was 33 when he died. Nick graduated from West High School in Torrance in 1998. He attended El Camino College where he received several journalism awards while working the "Union", the student newspaper. Nick graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in studio art. He was a member of the King Harbor Yacht Club, was a previous art museum intern and spent time volunteering at local charities. Nick was a contemporary painter of portraits and landscapes. Nick is survived by his parents, Mary and Ron Marra of Torrance, CA; sister Allison (Matthew) Williamson of Torrance, CA; aunt and uncle, Vickie and Mike Burruss of Kelseyville, CA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or favorite charity.

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  1. My condolences to Nick’s entire family. Nick was a good friend of Hermosa Beach Rotary, volunteering for many events over the years ~ passing out water for runners at the Hermosa Sand and Strand Charity Run; ringing bells with me at Von’s for the Salvation Army; and, decorating the Rotary hall for holiday parties. We will miss him!

  2. Nick voluntarily worked alongside Hermosa Rotarians helping us with local projects and was accepted as an unofficial member by everyone. We remember him with fond memories and send sympathy to his family. We miss him. Bob Peterson, Past President

  3. Dear Ron & Mary – We were so sad to see the notice about Nick. Our hearts ache for you and the rest of your family at this difficult time. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Ron and Mary, Our deepest sympathy over the loss of Nick. We have been thinking about you during his recent illness and praying for you all.

  5. Ron and Mary I am so sorry about your loss. I never met Nicholas but I am sure he was a very loving and special person since I know how special you are Mary based on the time we have spent together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. I can only imagine how you must feel when you lose a child. My heart-felt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Carol

  7. Nick…you are a kind heart, gentle soul and generous person who regularly extended oneself for others with unassuming smarts. You made the planet lighter and more bouyant with your presence. Your memory will continue to do so. I’ll carry you in my heart and mind enjoying that easy smile of yours. My deepest heartfelt condolensces to all those whom are impacted by your leave. With Love, Bob Content

  8. The tide recedes but leaves behind, bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains. Like the beautiful memory of Nick.

  9. Mary, Ron and Family- Was so sorry to hear about your son. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Dan, Judy, Jon and Lindsay Patton

  10. I will always remember Nick with love in my heart and a smile on my face for his sweetness and mischievious sense of humor. My heart is heavy for you all and I can not imagine your full sense of loss. My love to you and I promise I will always have a special place in my heart for Nick. Love, Sue

  11. Ron, Mary and family~ my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I can not imagine the pain and loss you are going through. No parent should have the loose a child. May all the great memories you have together bring joy to your heart! Lots of love, Jennifer Aust Norwood

  12. Nic was a great person and friend. I haven’t seen him in years. My first ever camping trip was with Nic and Joey in Catalina a very long time ago. The family is in our prayers and we send our love at this difficult time.

  13. Some of the best times were with you brother. I saw your family as my own. Eventhough we’ve been years apart, I am affected by your passing today as if I never left. Rest easy brother. You will forever by in my heart. My love goes out to Ron, Mary, and Ali.

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