Ronald
Littlefair, Ronald Thomas Loomis Born: Brooklyn, New York, October 17, 1926 Died: Torrance, California, November 22, 2004 Ronald Thomas Loomis Littlefair was born to Grace and James Littlefair on October 17, 1926. James was President of Dunhill USA and the family resided on Long Island until their fortunes turned with the onset of The Great Depression. Ron and his younger sister, Joan, spent several years under the care of his second cousin, Miriam Todd, on the family farm in Parsippany, New Jersey. Ron graduated from Procter High School in New York, New York in 1943 at the age of 16 and entered Syracuse University. Seeking the permission of his mother, Ron longed for the chance to enter WWII for the opportunity to become a naval fighter pilot in the V-4 program. However, once on active duty, the Navy V-4 Program was full, and Ron served on the heavy cruiser New Orleans for the remainder of the war. Ron re-enrolled at Syracuse University in 1945 as a junior, graduating in 1947 with a B.A. in Political Science. Ron returned to New York City and joined F and J Meyer, Exporters. On the day it was announced that the United States was to enter the Korean War, Ron immediately enlisted in the Air Force to become a fighter pilot. Ron entered flight training in the Class of 52-Baker at Luke AFB and was stationed in Seoul, Korea. He was assigned to the 49th tactical reconnaissance squadron and flew over 100 missions in P-51 Mustangs over North Korea. During his Korean tour, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal(s) for his excellence and courage. Ron returned home while in the Air Force, began flying helicopters, eventually being assigned to Selfridge, Air Force Base in Michigan, where he met Marion Gressitt in 1954. The couple was married in Detroit, Michigan on March 19, 1955. In 1957, Ron left active service with the rank of Captain and founded Helicopter Airways Service with support from Warren Avis and Benson Ford. Ron and Marion ran the upstart helicopter service until the realities of commercial helicopter service became apparent. In 1958, Ron joined New England Life Insurance Company and began his career in the insurance business, subsequently working for Colonial Life, and Chubb and Sons. 1958 also brought Ron and Marion their first son, Thomas, who was born on April 2, 1958. The young family lived in suburban Detroit as Marion was a school teacher. In December 1960, Andrew, their second son was born. In 1964, Ron and family moved to California as he was given the chance to be Superintendent of Colonial Life's Los Angeles Office. The family settled in Torrance, California. In 1964, Ron's interest in youth sports began with managing his son's baseball teams at Riviera Little League. In 1964, Ron was approached to join a ''new'' soccer organization (AYSO) and help organize in the South Bay Area. Ron became the first Commissioner when AYSO had only seven teams. In 1966-67 Ron also assumed the role of Vice President of Growth and Development, traveling throughout California and the Southwestern states, promoting AYSO and their motto, ''Everyone Plays''. Ron ''retired'' from AYSO in 1975 after it had grown to over 24,000 teams. Ron's professional career continued as his insurance business focused on employee benefits. Ron joined Cal-Surance in 1969. Ron and John Keenan met while at Cal-Surance and formed Keenan and Associates in 1972. Ron was one of the original shareholders and Vice President until he retired in 1981. Today, Keenan and Associates is one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in the United States. Ron had long-standing involvement in many Torrance civic functions: People for Parks, Madronna Marsh; President of Older American Resources, Campaign Chairman for former Mayor Katy Geissert, Mayor Jim Armstrong, Don Lee, Heidi Ashcroft, Gary Kurahara and others. Ron served as Chairman of the City of Torrance's Blue Ribbon Commission for the City Charter. An avid cook and horticulturist, Ron was the Founder of Torrance's Farmers Market, which has grown to be among the largest of its kind in California. Ron died of natural causes after a year of declining health. He is survived by Marion, his wife of 49 years; his two sons, Thomas and Andrew; four grandchildren; and his sister, Joan. In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made the Ronald Littlefair Scholarship Fund C/O South High School, 4801 PCH, Torrance, CA 90505. Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 26 at 11:00 AM at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd. in Redondo Beach. Burial will follow with procession to Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Our warmest and deepest sympathy to Ron\’s family. We were truly blessed to have known him for many years. Ron touched our lives and hearts through his generosity, kindness, love, and thoughtfulness. Many good times will always be remembered and shared. You will remain in our hearts forever. Marion, Thomas, and Andrew, we feel your loss. Ron is now in a peaceful and wonderful place and will be missed. Time will heal your sadness and sorrow. We are here if you ever need us. All of our love, Gary, Carole, Christopher, Steven, Matthew, Kimberly, Michelle, Jeffrey, Katie, and Corey Drevno

  2. As former neighbors and dear friends, we send our love and sympathy to the whole family and recall many happy days together on Calle de Ricardo.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Ron\’s family, especially Marion. Ron has been a stalwart supporter of 52B and will be missed by us all.

  4. Dear Marion and Family You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. I (Carol) did get a chance to see him once in a while in Cookin Stuff..I know he had a great love for cooking and always enjoyed visiting with him at the store. He will be remembered as a wonderful man in this community.

  5. Our sincere sympathies and prayers for Marion and their family. Ron\’s devotion, time, and enthusiasm on behalf of USAF Class 52-Baker will be greatly missed.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to Marion and family. Some of us have contribute more to society than others. Ron set the standard. God Bless James & Marge Carr

  7. Ron was a wonderful chap who illuminated my life by being the spur that reunited the American and British Littlefair families.He was very generous, warm-hearted and fascinating to talk to.What a huge amount he managed to pack into just one life. Our love to Marion and the whole family.We\’re always here for you across the pond. With much love and heartfelt sympathy Chris and Tanyah

  8. God\’s Blessings to Ron and family at this sad but beautiful time. Ron lived well and fought well, he is now enfolded in the peace and love of Heaven. Know, Marion, Thomas and Andrew that you are also surrounded by the love, peace and guidance of God, now and always. Ron\’s memory is eternal in our hearts. All my love, julie

  9. Our deapest sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts are with you. Love from Bob & Jackie Littlefair

  10. The PEP Pioneers and staff are very saddened by the passing of Ron. He was a wonderful member of our group, always arriving with a smile on his face and a story to tell. He was very well liked by all and, as his health declined, was greatly missed at our luncheons, exercise sessions, and board of directors meetings. If a new or unusual fruit came to the market he would bring some in to share with us, delighted by being able to introduce us to something new and give us the history of it. He was always willing to help and was generous with his time and talents. We will miss him but want his wife to know that she will always be a “Pioneer” and is welcome to join us in our many activities. May God bless his family and many friends during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Betsy, Jackie and Carol

  11. To Marion,Tom and Andrew, Our dearest sympathies on learning of Ron\’s passing. My recollection of him is and always will be a fond one. Those of us that were fortunate to have grown-up around such people as Ron are fortunate to have known them in a personal/family setting. Your family is in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Mike, Kay, Lawana and Brittany

  12. With love and deepest sympathy.I remember our first meeting in Torrance in 1988 and trying to explain the family tree. We only met once more. Helen

  13. With love and deepest sympathy.I remember our first meeting in Torrance in 1988 and trying to explain the family tree. We only met once more. Helen

  14. Ron and I graduated from USAF pilot training in March of 1952. We knew each other casually but I could tell this was a guy with CLASS. With Ron\’s persistance, he “found” me in 1994 and made me aware of 52-Baker\’s reunions. I\’ll always thank him for that. Marion and family, Shirley and I wish you the very best! Tom Aney

  15. Wanted to let you know that we share your sorrow. Ron was the driving force that propelled us into the soccer world. With his guidance we became avid soccer fans. The last team I coached in the South Bay, turned out many college players and 3 who went onto the Olympics. Ron was one of the most outgoing forthright people I have ever known. The world is a better place because he graced it.

  16. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I did not know Ron, however his Son Ron and I are friends. God Bless.

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