July 11, 1944 ~ September 1, 2008
Richard Blair Bridges, a 20 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2008 at his home in Redondo Beach. Born in Oxnard, California on July 11, 1944, he was 64 at the time of his death. Richard's career began in the fire service when he was in his early twenties. He worked his way up the ranks from volunteer fire firefighter and eventually retired as Chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department. He also was the Fire Chief for the City of Redondo Beach. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. His current employment, of the last eleven years, was with the City of Santa Ana College where he was the Dean of the Fire Technology Department. He was concerned for the community and state that he lived in. He was a past participant in Rotary International, Lions Club International and was the President of the California Fire Chiefs Association. Fire Ordinances regarding residential sprinklers for three different cities are in place today because of his concern for public safety. Richard loved to read, study financial planning and the stock market and enjoyed giving the wisdom he had to others. His active participation at the Rolling Hills Covenant Church lead him to service with the ACTS ministry. Delivering groceries to the needy and praying with those who were hurting gave him great joy. He befriended all he encountered. He and his wife Alice loved to travel the world and when at home gave much attention to their daughters and four beautiful granddaughters. Richard will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Alice Bridges of Redondo Beach, Ca., his Father, Jay Bridges of Banning, Ca., Daughters, Lisa Baker of Simi Valley, Ca., and Cindy Creager of Lake View, Or., he was preceded by his wife Jeannette Bridges. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 5th at 3:00 p.m. at Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Palos Verdes California. All are welcome to this Celebration of his Life.
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