Edward “Papa” Lovelace passed away at his home on June 12, 2013, at the age of 83, after a long battle with cancer.
Lovelace was born on Dec. 8, 1929 and grew up in Lompoc, California. He joined the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He married Mary Orr and they proceeded to start their family in Long Beach, ending up with eight children. He retired after working 34 years at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
Lovelace loved spending time with his large family. He was also very involved in church activities. His passions included fishing and scroll sawing.
He is survived by his sons Jeff (Liz), Mark, Matt (Joan), Rich, Mitch, Bill (Sue), and Terry (Gabby); his daughter Mary Jo; 22 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass and reception will take place at 11am on Friday, June 21 at St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Source: Bill Lovelace