Nothern, Stephen G. of Torrance, born in 1941, son of Rollin and Carol, died on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 following a long battle with cancer. Stephen passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. The son of Kansas wheat farmers and grandson of pioneers, Steve was a lifelong South Bay resident. He grew up in Lomita and graduated from Narbonne High School, where he was an accomplished gymnast. Inheriting a love of automobiles and auto repair, he purchased and operated a Shell service station in his home town until joining the Redondo Beach Fire Department in 1969. He was selected for Paramedic training then was promoted to Engineer, Captain, Fire Marshal, and finally Battalion Chief, until he retired in 1994. A teacher by nature, Steve became an instructor in the Fire Science program at El Camino College and continued to inspire young men and women until ending his tenure in 2007 as Head of Fire and Emergency Technology. A driving desire to learn and grow led him back to school where he attended Cal State University Dominguez Hills and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Steve was a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix anything. He was a hard-working man with many interests, a scholar whose greatest passion was to teach. Steve was a gentleman to the core who was modest and generous to all and would drop everything to help someone in need. Anyone lucky enough to be counted as a friend, family member, student, or acquaintance could not help but be inspired by his optimism, enthusiasm, and energy. Steve was fiercely loved and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his loving wife Jane; sister Susan Reed (Raymond) of Palmer Alaska; brother Joseph of La Puente; four children; and eleven grandchildren. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday August 11, 2012 at 3pm followed by burial at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redondo Beach Salvation Army.

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  1. Annette and I are saddened by Steve’s passing. He was a great friend and brother firefighter. We shared many stories and laughs at the station and camping. I am proud to have known him these last 42 years. God Bless him and his great family.

  2. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Steve during his lifetime; however, I feel I have come to know him through his daughter, Liz and her amazing talents as a handywoman. I don’t know too many women who own power tools and know how to use them or tool boxes on wheels. Surely Steve lives on, not only in the handyman interests and talents he shared with her but the gift of teaching as well.

  3. Steve was a good son, husband and father. I had the pleasure to work with him for many years at El Camino and will always remember his kindness, sincerity and the generous giving of his time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May he rest in peace.

  4. Although we knew it was coming, I’m very saddened to see Steve go. I’ve known and admired Steve since 1971 when I hired on at Redondo Fire. He has always been one of my top favorite people and one of the smartest guys I’ve known. He will always have a place in my heart and memory. I’ll miss you Steve. See you later on.

  5. Steve was a great firefighter, father and friend and we are better people for having known him.

  6. All of us who knew Steve remember him fondly and with respect for a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jane and his family.

  7. Jane and family, You were very fortunate to have Steve for a husband and father. I had the pleasure of working with Steve for many years on the same shift. One of my fondest memories was when he would say in one of our conversations ” Their is no life east of Hawthore blvd, I am perfectly happy right where I live”. We also worked side jobs together, sometimes he would forget he was suppost to be their, but we always got the job done. I have nothing to say but good about Steve he surley will be missed. I know he is in his hevenly father care now. Allen

  8. Steve was one of the most dedicated and professional members of the fire service that I have ever had the pleasure to know!

  9. I first met Steve in the late 70’s and soon came to realize he was the consumate gentleman and dedicated firefighter. He was one of the good guys of the South Bay departments…………….and will be missed.

  10. Dear Jane and Family, Henry and I would like to offer our condolences to you and your family. I have wonderful memories of you and Stephen and I remember what a wonderful husband and father he was. May the wonderful memories you have of him help you through the rough times. You and your family will be in our prayers. With love from the Ramirez family. Henry,Dolores,Teri and Tami

  11. Jane, Mike and Family, It was my good fortune to know Steve as a friend and colleague. He will surely be missed. Our condolences and love to you and your family. Renny and Gail Bowden

  12. Dear Jane, Jim, Mike, Family, and all the Grandkids. I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was always very kind to me anytime we met. A quality he has passed along in the Nothern Family. I will never forget that first occasion, so many years ago when I was young, when he showed me his personal Treasures in the garage. And I was very pleased to see him for the last time at Kyle’s college send off looking well and giving me a hearty handshake as always. Steve will be missed. Take Care all, Brian

  13. I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Steve who he knew and loved. I had the great pleasure of working with Steve as well as being able to call him a friend. He was always a great and wonderful person in all my dealings with him. I am so sorry that he was not able to enjoy his retirement much longer than he did. May God bless his family and friends during this difficult time both now and in the future. Sincerely, John S. Ruggirello

  14. Jane and family- We are so sorry Steve could not be with us longer. Will always remember our week with you two. Know Steve is at peace now and does not have to think about Chemo ever again. We will be with you on Friday and for the service. Much love to our California family.

  15. Jane and family- I am so sorry Steve could not be with us longer. I enjoyed talking with Steve during our short encounters on campus. He was an outstanding person. I will miss him. Peace be with you and your family.

  16. With sympathy and caring in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Steve was a remarkable man and had the patience of Job. God bless him and your family.

  17. Janie, We will always treasure the times we’ve been able to share with you and Steve. We are here for you and share your sorrow. We will see you Saturday Love Sandy, Tim, and RenaV

  18. Our deepest condolences to his wife and all of his family. Steve was the kindest most giving person we’ve met. I was the Administrative Assistant of the Industry and Technology Division. My husband Jimmy worked in the Facilities division. Jimmy is Native American and Steve and Jimmy enjoyed talking about the Native American culture and the many pow wows and collections Steve had. Steve was always there for everybody. We will miss him.

  19. I had the extreme privilege to know Steve as friend and colleague, I remember his generosity, sense of humor, and professionalism. Many professional fire fighters can look back on the skills he taught them, the experiences he shared with them. Always the man to step up.Always the man to give his time to students and colleagues. I’ll miss his laugh and friendship. Steve was always the proper man! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “success is when you make another life breathe easier. Well,in my book, Steve was a total success in this life, and will be missed. He has returned to back to the station after a job he completely believed in. Rest in Peace My Friend !

  20. Jane. Lori and I were so sorry to here of Steve’s passing.I’ll always remember our daily breakfasts together to discuss fire and building dept. issues, along with Dave Kingston, John Held,Rick Martinez and many others. All the people at city hall who knew Steve are very sorry to lose such a great guy. He always stood for what was right, NOT politically expediant, and we will always hold him in the highest esteem.

  21. To Jim. Mike, and the Nothern family. My deepest condolences. Steve was a great man and will be missed greatly. Very friendly and easy to talk to. My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Take care to you all.

  22. Jane and family, Andrea and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Steve was truly a good man. Working with him (using a word he frequently used) was just WONDERFUL! Andrea said she will always remember his pleasantness and smile. I will remember him as a strong, confident leader, one who garnered admiration, respect and loyalty. Always learning from him and always enjoying his company. To share a story I love to tell; Steve ran a butt-kicker drill one day. Afterwards we were all licking our wounds at the tailboard of an engine. Steve came over and said “Good heavenly days, that was a wonderful drill!” I made a wise-crack about his height (because I’m tall). He promptly sided stepped over to me with his hands on his hips, looking up at me with his ice-blue eyes, lips curled under, and said “Evans, there’s nothing I like better than to bark orders UP!!” He then tried to hold back his grumbly laugh, at that point we all busted up laughing. I loved that man. He will be sorely missed but always fondly remembered.

  23. Bye cousin. I will miss you. Mike and I send our love to Janie, Susie, Joe, Liz, Stephanie and the rest of the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. Steve touched everyone in our family. My kids also have their memories of the cool guy with all the fireman stuff. You’re the greatest.

  24. The Workplace Learning Resource Center at El Camino College wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the wife and family of Chief Stephen G. Northern at his passing. Chief Northern was instrumental in helping our Center develop the Fire Fighting curriculum for our U.S. Coast Guard Safety Certification training program. Over 1,000 mariners working at nearby ports have been certified in safe shipboard fire fighting techniques since the program was approved and we are very grateful for the Chief’s efforts to make the program a success.

  25. Ok everyone put your pencils down…Chief I will miss your stories but thanks for everything you helped me with. I wish I could have spent more time getting to know you and listening to more of your stories. I do have a lot of memories from taking your Fire Tech classes and the Fire Academy. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and to everyone that you have touched. Job well done Chief.

  26. My condolences go out to Chief’s family and friends, I had the pleasure of getting to know him thru my college years at El Camino College in the fire program and also thru the FIre association, I loved his stories and how he couldnt tell them with out a “cup of joe ” to start his day. His stories helped encourage me to go to class and learn and his experience has helped me carry out my career. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. If you guys need anything please dont hesitate to ask.

  27. My mother and I were very sad to hear of Steve’s passing and extend our heartfelt symthpathies to Janie and his family. Steve was a very special friend to my brother during their teenage years and beyond, Bob will also be very sad to hear the news of his friend.

  28. Stephen was a wonderful friend. I am so sorry for your loss. All my prayers are with you and the family. God Bless You!

  29. Steve was an inspiration to me, a great man full of life and intelligence, a positive role model and a great teacher. I first met Steve, when he filled in for my Mom as our Den Leader in the Cub Scouts. He was one of those who inspired me to become a Firefighter. However, becoming a Firefighter did not work out. I took all the things he taught me to heart. His compassion and encouragement to me was remarkable and it is something I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers go out to his Family and may God’s blessings always be upon you.

  30. To All of the Nothern Clan, There are never words to express the sincere love that one has for another and their entire family always, but especially at a time that is so very difficult for them. We are so very sorry that all of you have suffered the loss of such a wonderful man, but what a legacy he leaves with such a wonderful family. All of you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as you have been for the duration of Steve’s illness. We loved him and we love you.

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