Tom
Tom Johnson A long-time resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on August 31 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Bernadette. Raised in El Paso, Texas, in 1914, he migrated to Los Angeles in the teeth of the Great Depression and worked at North American Aviation through World War II. In the early 1950s, he found his perfect career niche in real estate, and went to work for Howard Towle, the first resident of PVE. When Mr. Towle retired, Tom bought the business, opened his own office in that location, and firmly established his place in the PV community as a member of numerous civic, social, and professional organizations, including the Board of Realtors, where he served two terms as President, the Kiwanis Club of PVE, the PV Golf Club, and many more. Most impressive to everyone he met were his integrity, unerring sense of humor, love of life, and loyalty to his friends. All the time, he helped hundreds of people find their ideal home to settle into and put down roots in the PV community. He continued to work part-time into 2007. Tom is survived by his son, Thomas S. Johnson, Ph.D., and generations of people touched by his wit, consideration, and commitment to others. Visitation will be held Friday evening, September 7, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Funeral Servcies will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11 AM with a Reception following at Rice Mortuary.

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  1. TOM & BERNADETTE WERE THE MOST GENEROUS PEOPLE WE HAVE EVER MET. IT WAS A PLEASURE FOR MY FAMILY TO BE ALLOWED TO SHARE THEIR LIFE THESE PAST 45 YEARS. WE WILL ALL MISS THEM BUT, WE KNOW THEY ARE TOGETHER AGAIN IN THAT MOST DIVINE PLACE AND THAT IS WHAT COUNTS.

  2. We always loved our favorite realtor ! He sold us our house 37 years ago. He will be missed by all the Zimmermans that he saw grow up. Our love to all. May he rest with Bernadette !!

  3. Tom had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh. When I retired some years ago, Tom gave me a box of golf balls and told me to learn the game. I still have the golf balls, but no game as yet. He was a great guy. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  4. What a privilege and joy it has been to have known Tom for over 30 years. He will long be remembered and sorely missed by all that knew him. Thanks Tom for just being Tom Johnson. Elaine and Ron Florance

  5. Tom was a great friend and fellow realtor. For four years in the late 90’s I spent many Friday mornings golfing with Tom and two of his friends – my job being to “watch his ball”. He was a fun loving gentleman, good natured and quick witted. He spoke highly of his son Tom, and worshipped the “love of his life”, Bernadette. He will be missed.

  6. Dear Tom and Family: Our condolences on the loss of your father, a wonderful guy we all loved. We are sorry we cannot attend the services, since we are leaving tomorrow and a pre-planned trip. I’m glad I was able to see Tom at the Hospital and say a prayer for him. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. Love and Prayers: Ed and Sharon McKenna

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