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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  1. As his physical therapist and friend for many years, Richard was always a joy to have in our office when he came for treatments. We will miss his smile, laughter, and zest for life. Many blessings to Alice and family.

  2. Having only known Richard and Alice for, unfortunately, a short few years, we feel we have lost a very dear and caring friend. Richard was an inspiration to all with his unfaltering belief in the Bible, love of the Lord and giving heart. He reminded us so much of our dear departed friend John Rolland. We have no doubt that the 2 of them are in Heaven getting acquainted now. Both men were wonderful examples of the love and faith that grows in our hearts when we choose to follow Jesus’ path of service to others. Richard and Alice have touched many lives, some of those being prayer warriors in our group of friends that they have never met. All were inspired by their shared devotion to their faith and the blessings they saw in daily trials and tribulations. God could not have chosen a better servant than Richard to help others. We will all miss the inspiration we read in those email updates and the example they set for us. Good-bye dear friend. You will be missed by so many!!!! Love, Lynn and Rick Lavezzari

  3. Dear Alice and family, We are so sorry to share the loss of Richard. He was such a fine man and just such a nice guy. He fought such a courageous battle against a very tough disease and you were at his side through it all. It was obvious to us that his faith and your loving support helped Richard face this with such dignity and grace. May all your wonderful memories of good times together(and we know there were many) bring you comfort and peace. We were priviledged to know Richard and enjoyed our times together. Love, Sally and Martin Benzell

  4. I was blessed with the opportunity of meeting Richard, a few times in my life. I found him to be a wonderful, warm, caring, considerate, intelligent man, who was very analytical. I will always remember him with warmth & compasion. My heart goes out to Alice, & her family, at this very diffucult time. May our Heavenly Father guide them with love & closure. Love, Sandy Shamlian

  5. Richard was a great boss, mentor and friend. We shall miss his delightful company and entertaining discourse.

  6. Richard, what a great friend and boss. Favorite funny memory is when I bought a fake Tatoo stamp and Richard let me “Tat” him up for a beginning of school division meeting:) Memories include his cushion to sit on, Vanguard, the way he stood up from a chair, his support as an administrator, his snorkel and mask when he swam, his smile, friendship, zest for life, the happiness he expressed everytime he talked about Alice, their daughters and grandchildren. There will be a void in my life but I look forward to seeing him again. Hugs, confort and prayers to Alice and the family. Marta

  7. Dear Alice, I was so sad to read about Richard’s death. I know both of you have been through so much. Cast your cares on the Lord. Laying down your worries, letting God be God, is not all that easy; but it is a good and blessed way. Psalm 55:22 I am praying for you and your family.

  8. Dear Alice and family, To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord in Heaven. My prayer is for God to give you the strenght for all your needs. In Him, Lucille

  9. Alice & Family, I am extremely saddened at Richard’s passing and pray for continued strength and guidance for all. Richard and I became friends in 1979 when he received his first appointment as Fire Chief for the City of National City. I was one of his first promotional appointments giving me a great opportunity. He took the time to provide guidance, counseling and much needed admonishments from time to time, which I am forever grateful. My most memorable story is as follows. In typical Richard style, three years after arriving in National City, he invited me out for our usual weekly, afternoon ice cream break, where he announced that he had accepted the Daily City Fire Chief job, was leaving in a few days and I was going to become the acting fire chief and I thought we were just going for ice cream. For the next twenty years I served as Fire Chief and we communicated both on a professional and more so on a personal basis. Over the years he was always there for me in times of difficulty continuing to provide support and guidance. A lot of who I am today is a result of Richard and the special insights he shared and the values he instilled in me. Like so many I too will miss him greatly. Alice I will keep you in my prayers, may God bless you. Randy Kimble

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