Category: Condolences

Memorial Services Planned for Cheri Haggerty Lawrence and Declan Lawrence

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 8, 2014 – A community memorial service for City Clerk, Cheri Haggerty Lawrence and her baby Declan, who passed away on the night of Tuesday, November 25th, will be held Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Hofert Hall at the Performing Arts Center located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd., in Big Bear Lake. The Big Bear community, colleagues, and friends throughout the state mourn the sudden and tragic loss to the Lawrence family. Cheri is survived by her husband, Director of Public Works/City Engineer David Lawrence; children Aiden and Kaelee; and her parents, Bob and Peggy Frost. Cheri will be deeply missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Cheri’s name to The Mom & Dad Project. For more information on donating, contact Tina Wade at...

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Tragedy and Sadness Strikes Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA 11/26/14 – Last night, Cheri Haggerty Lawrence, Big Bear Lake City Clerk and wife of City Public Works Director David Lawrence, and her newborn son’s life ended tragically.  Events began on Tuesday evening just after 5pm, when Cheri collapsed in her office at City Hall.  Emergency CPR was performed almost immediately followed by transport by Big Bear Fire Department paramedics to the emergency room at the Bear Valley Community Hospital.  Jeff Mathieu, City Manager, with deep sorrow, expressed that fellow City employees, friends and family along with her husband David, agonized as emergency measures were taken to save both mother and child who was delivered by emergency c-section at the ER.  Neither Cheri or baby Declan survived.  “This is a shock to the entire City of Big Bear Lake family” said Jeff Mathieu, “it is impossible right now to comprehend that Cheri and her baby are gone.  In so many ways she represented the future of this City.  The loss of someone so young at the peak of life is not easy to comprehend.  The shock of this has left our small tightly knit community stunned”.  Cheri was the highly visible face of the City workforce serving as Public Information Officer, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, webmaster and City Clerk. She usually had a hand in every major community event, including the upcoming annual Christmas Tree Lighting...

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UPDATE: Missing Person Tommy Kim’s Body Found

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 2, 2014 – The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the remains of the dead body found on September 13, 2014 in the forested area East of Hamilton Ranch as those of Tommy Kim from Chino Hills. Kim was reported missing on August 27, 2014. On August 27th, 2014, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station requested assistance from the public to be on the lookout for voluntary missing person Tommy Kim. Kim has been reported as a missing person since August 23 out of Chino Hills. They reported that he was last seen on Tuesday, August 26, near Onyx Summit, and he was on foot, and may have been headed towards the Big Bear area. Further they described Mr. Kim as an Asian male, 6’0” tall, 165 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes, carrying a small pack and an unknown color sleeping...

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Skip Suhay passes away … “We mourn the loss of this dedicated leader”

Big Bear Lake, Ca May 7, 2014 – After his battle with cancer Skip Suhay, business owner and local political leader passes away on May 4th, 2014. This statement was released from the Big Bear Lake Municipal Water District: “It is said that the measure of a great Board member is the value and effectiveness of the policies he or she develops over the course of their tenure. Skip’s contribution is reflected in the guidance the MWD relies on while managing operations on the Lake. From the use of private docks to weed management to conditions for special events his influence has been invaluable time and time again. After serving the District for nearly 16 years his contributions to Lake Management will be sorely missed by the Board and especially the Staff.  His humor even in difficult times was appreciated and enjoyed by everyone in the club. All of us will miss him greatly.  Skip’s Rotary “Service Above Self” was exemplified by his passion in annually ensuring that the July 4th fireworks show was always something the entire valley could proudly brag about. The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake counted on his leadership by electing him Club President twice.” A memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Big Bear at 11 am, Saturday May 10, 2014, followed by his celebration of life at the...

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Rosemier Memorial is this Saturday

Lucerne Valley, CA, April 4, 2014 – A memorial gathering is scheduled this weekend for longtime Big Bear Valley resident, Anne Rosemier. Anne passed away peacefully on March 19 at the age of 87. Anne was retired from teaching, but she continued to do research on Big Bear history–something that had fascinated her since her first visit to the valley in 1951. Realizing that the “old-timers” stories would die with them if not recorded for posterity, she interviewed the last surviving members of such families as the Talmadges, Shays and Erwins. In the 1960s, she wrote a column in the Grizzly called “Profiles of Old-Timers”. She also wrote several children’s stories, which were first published in the old Big Bear Preview newspaper. She and her husband, W.J. “Rip” Rosemier, began summering here in 1951, in a rustic cabin with no electricity. In 1962, the Rosemiers made Big Bear their permanent home, and she threw herself into mountain life: tending a cow for Bob’s Stables, competing in the Loggers’ Jubilee, and participating in the Big Bear Ski Club. After her husband’s death in 1971, she earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from Eastern New Mexico University. Anne is survived by three sisters, four children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Her life will be celebrated this Saturday, April 5th at the Lucerne Valley home of her daughter. Anyone wishing to share memories of Anne or to offer condolences to her family is welcome to attend. Requests for directions...

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