Category: Condolences

Valley Mourns the Loss of Dr. Ken Turney

Big Bear, CA, January 8, 2015 – On January 6, longtime Big Bear Valley resident Dr. Ken Turney passed away. Dr. Turney, a local dentist and member of the Bear Valley Unified School District’s board of trustees for more than 35 years, touched many lives and was very passionate about the students in our valley. According to Bev Grabe, school board president, “Dr. Turney invested much of his personal time researching how he could better serve students and create an environment wherein students could thrive.” She added, “The sudden loss of Dr. Turney is a shock, and he will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the community as we all struggle through this difficult time.” Dr. Turney was a father, grandfather, former fighter pilot, health care provider and dedicated public servant. Turney’s son works for the Big Bear MWD and his daughter-in-law is a teacher at Baldwin Lane...

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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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