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Jerrold (Jerry) Bernstein
In Memoriam

Jerrold (Jerry) Bernstein

December 10, 1940 - February 18, 2009

Although he rode the crest of several waves of agency growth as a senior executive at three Canadian agencies, Jerry Bernstein—who died in Los Angeles on February 18, 2009, at age 68—may best be remembered for his creation of a smart-ass owl.

In 1969, Bernstein was a copy group head at W.B. Doner in Detroit when he wrote and illustrated “Mr. Cow,” a 60-second animated spot with the tag line: “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.”

While claims that it was the longest-running TV ad in history are hard to verify, it made enough of an impression to recently sparking a lively discussion on that Bernstein himself participated in. The spot also won a special citation from the Clio Awards for children’s advertising in 1970—the first of two Clios Bernstein would win.

A Michigan native, Bernstein joined Doner after graduating from Wayne State University with a communications degree. After three years, Bernstein moved to Toronto as vice-president and creative director of McCann Erickson. His first stay in Canada was short-lived, and something of a learning experience, recalls advertising consultant Brian Buckingham. Bernstein was back in Detroit after a stint at Quaker Oats’ in-house agency in Chicago when Buckingham, then executive vice-president of Bates International in Toronto, recruited him.

“Jerry felt he might’ve been too young to be a creative director the first time around, but I thought he did outstanding work. He was a highly creative guy. His ability to translate a brief into ideas was extraordinary.” Overall, Buckingham adds, “Jerry elevated creative product wherever he went in this business.”

In 1983, after seven years with Bates, Bernstein left to become a partner and executive creative director for Toronto’s Palmer Bonner, his home until 1988.

Lynda Headland—who, as a Palmer Bonner copywriter, shared Bernstein’s second Clio with him for a Dad’s Cookies ad in 1983—remembers him as “a terrific mentor who could challenge you, instill confidence and make you laugh, all at the same time.”

In 1989, Bernstein moved to Southern California and opened Jerry Bernstein & Associates in Woodland Hills. His second wife, Dana Gellert, served as the firm’s creative director. Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006, Bernstein remained active and—as witnessed by the online discussion of his immortal Tootsie Pop commercial—engaged.

Jerry Bernstein's creativity is witnessed in his development of the Logo and the Mission Statement of Parkinson's Resource Organization, "Working so no one is isolated because of Parkinson's". The logo includes the words Hope, Encouragement, Support, Education, and Inspiration. He will forever be remembered in the Parkinson's World. 

Jerrold was a resident of Woodland Hills, California.

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Thomas E. Bruyere

Thomas E. Bruyere

January 15, 1933 - January 4, 2009

Captain Thomas E. Bruyere USN, (Ret), 75, died peacefully on January 4, 2009, in San Diego, CA, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease which he endured for 15 years.

Tom was born to Bolton and Annette Bruyere on January 15, 1933, in Waco, TX. He grew up in east Texas, graduated from Longview High School in 1951, and attended Kilgore College until his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1956.


Captain Bruyere had a distinguished 28-year career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot where he flew 4200 hours in jet aircraft, 371 combat missions in Southeast Asia, and over 800 carrier arrested landings. Tom's career highlights included command of Fighter Squadron 142 "Ghostriders," navigator of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, and command of Navy Recruiting District, New York.

After retirement from the Navy, he began TNT Hydrolines Inc., building and operating high-speed catamarans to carry commuters from New Jersey to the Wall Street Pier.

His major philanthropic activities included the establishment of Fleet Week in New York City; directing the San Francisco Air Show featuring the Navy's Blue Angels; serving as President of the Navy League Council in New York City, and active in the Navy League Councils of San Francisco and Baltimore.

Tom's hobbies, besides flying fast, were people and laughter. He had the great gifts of charm and clever humor. People were drawn to him not only because of his great character but his special ability to put everyone at ease.

Tom is survived by Kathy Bruyere, his wife, and selfless caregiver for the last 20 years; three sons from his marriage to Joan Bruyere; Brett Bruyere and wife Mandi of Boise, ID, Major Trent Bruyere, U.S. Army and wife Valeria of Coral Gables, FL, and T.J. Bruyere and wife Blanca of Coronado, CA; sister, Marilyn Brunkhorst and husband Robert of Dallas, TX; brothers, Bolton Bruyere of Snyder, TX, Robert Bruyere and wife Blanche of Longview, TX, Milton Bruyere and wife Kristin of Shreveport, LA, and Helen Bruyere his sister-in-law and wife of brother David Bruyere who recently preceded him in death of Longview, TX; ten grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

His body will be cremated and buried at a National veteran's cemetery to be announced at a later date.

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Jay Fiondella

Jay Fiondella

August 6, 1926 - November 6, 2008

Jay Fiondella, owner of the Chez Jay restaurant in Santa Monica, died November 6th, 2008 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.

Chez Jay, Fiondella’s small, casual “joint” is known worldwide as a magnet for celebrities and is still going strong nearly a half-century after opening, said friends.

Aside from his longevity as a restaurateur, Fiondella was equally celebrated for his exploits as an adventurer, playboy, treasure-hunter, sailor, balloonist, boxing manager, stage producer and part-time actor, friends said. He was a pioneering competitive hot air balloonist and was reportedly the only balloonist in the Screen Actors Guild in the 1960s.

Fiondella was Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Bachelor of the Month” in 1970. In the 1980s he located and helped recover lost World War II aircraft buried in the Arctic ice famously known as the “Lost Squadron.” He was also part of a team that successfully recovered millions of dollars’ worth of silver coins from a sunken World War II-era ship off the coast of Yemen, friends said.

As an actor, Fiondella appeared in more than 50 TV shows and feature films from the 1950s through the 1990s. He invariably played bit parts, although in consistently high-profile productions, friends said. His credits include television’s Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Batman, Mission Impossible and Fantasy Island, as well as several of the Lethal Weapon films and director Robert Altman’s Short Cuts.

Friends said Fiondella’s restaurant was frequented by an endless list of show business icons, many of whom were his personal friends, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Robert Stack, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Carson, Nancy Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mel Gibson, Jerry Seinfeld, Sean Penn, Drew Barrymore and countless others.

Fiondella was always protective of his famous customers and forbade any photographers, reporters or autograph seekers from staking out his place.

Considered a Chez Jay staple is its free baskets of unshelled “gourmet” peanuts, one of which Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard took to the moon and back in 1971, friends said. Fiondella dubbed it his “Astro-nut,” proudly showing it off to patrons at his bar until the night actor Steve McQueen nearly ate it. The Astro-nut has resided in a safe deposit box ever since, friends noted.

Born August 6th, 1926 in East Haven, Connecticut, Fiondella served in the Navy in World War II as a Seabee in the Philippines and China. After attending the University of Miami, Fiondella moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, hoping to become an actor. His first Hollywood roommate was actor Leonard Nimoy.

In 1959, he opened his own restaurant and named it Chez Jay as a tribute to his eventual friend Frank Sinatra, who ran a restaurant named “Chez Joey” in his film Pal Joey. Chez Jay is now managed by Michael Anderson, Fiondella’s co-owner.

Married twice, Fiondella is survived by his daughter, Anita Fiondella Eck; his son Chaz Fiondella; his sister Rita Lurate and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Celebration for Fiondella is scheduled at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, December 6th, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert 92260.

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Elaine Hackel Comess

Elaine Hackel Comess

October 15, 1927 - October 15, 2008

Elaine Hackel Comess, (81), died Sunday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Her passing was gentle and painless. In 1973, after a thirty-year hiatus from school during which she raised a family, Elaine graduated from UCLA with a bachelors in Anthropology.

She served as a docent at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, UCLA and the Skirball Museum, and collected the oral histories of the generation of Jews which preceded hers. Blessed with an active intelligence, she was a woman who could read a book and take from its pages what was there. With her husband Leonard Comess M.D., Elaine traveled the world, and followed her interests in art, archaeology, ancient history, and architecture. In fact, Elaine spent her lifetime pursuing knowledge, understanding and social justice. She was a remarkable hostess. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was creating a sense of graciousness for those close to her. Elaine’s life was a success in every aspect important to her. If the totality of a human being may be described in a word, hers would be “class.”

Elaine is survived by her husband, Leonard; her children, Richard and Toby; son-in-law, Neil; grandchildren, Max, Hart, Lily and Eden; and great-granddaughter, Ellie. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her well.

Funeral Services, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make contributions to the Elaine Comess Memorial Fund at Parkinson’s Resource Organization:

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Catherine Lucille Carter

Catherine Lucille Carter

November 4, 1939 - October 13, 2008


NOV 4, 1939 - OCT 13, 2008

Catherine was born November 4, 1939, to Paul and Catherine Scheck in Gilroy, California and entered into eternal rest at her home in Modesto, California on October 13, 2008. Catherine is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, Marcus Carter of Modesto, daughter Paula, son-in-law Joe, grandchildren Joey and Ben Simonds of La Quinta, California. She was preceded in death by her loving son, Jeffrey Paul Carter, parents, and sister, Shirley Trujillo. Catherine was raised in Gilroy, California and graduated from Gilroy High School in 1957. Many special friendships were formed while living in Gilroy and she enjoyed staying in touch with her lifelong friends over the past 50 years! Catherine moved to Modesto and attended MJC where she met her husband Marcus. She then graduated from Sacramento State and worked as a teacher for the Modesto City Schools District. Catherine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt and friend. She found great joy in spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandsons, Joey and Ben. Her caring, supportive and friendly nature will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, 1000 1st. Street, Gilroy, California under the direction of Habing Family Funeral Home. Catherine's family would like to thank 2nd daughter Julie Ibanez for her love, compassion, and care of Catherine during her final weeks of life. It was a gift that will always be remembered. Also, a special thank you to the staff of Community Hospice for their support and care. 

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Crisálida Cano Arreaga de Hernández

Crisálida Cano Arreaga de Hernández

- September 1, 2008

Crisálida Cano Arreaga de Hernández (Doña Cris) died September 1, 2008 in the city of Miami, Florida, aided by the final sacraments. 

Her sister Magda Cano Arreaga de Leòn shares this great sadness with her nephews, Edwin Arnulfo, Normita y Raúl de Leòn Cano, and they share their heavy grief with her husband, Max Hernández Ruano, with her children Lily, Max Arnoldo, and Claudia Hernández Cano and with her grandchildren, asking that God grant them Christian resignation.  

“A flower on a grave withers, a tear over the memory evaporates. A prayer for the soul, God receives.” – Saint Augustine


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Barbara May Shelby

Barbara May Shelby

July 2, 1922 - August 18, 2008

Barbara May Shelby, (86), of Palm Springs and Long Beach, CA, died August 18, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's. Born July 2, 1922, to Marion West Magruder and Esther Ida Post, Barbara grew up in Long Beach, CA, graduating from Poly High School in 1940, and from Long Beach City College in 1941 with an AA Degree. She worked for Union Oil from 1942 until shortly after marrying Eugene Forrest Shelby on September 7, 1946. Two months later, they created Shelby Instrument Company, an electronics firm. In the years that followed, Barbara and Gene raised three children and traveled frequently. She was a member of the Long Beach Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary until 1964, when her husband retired and the family moved to Palm Springs. There, she became Assistant Director of the Desert Hospital Volunteers and was active in the National Charity League. After her husband's death in 1968, Barbara returned to college and received her BA degree in English and her teaching credential from Redlands University. She then became a teacher at Nellie Coffman and Raymond Cree Junior High Schools. After her retirement from teaching in 1986, she worked as Administrator and Fundraiser for Northwood University till 1997. During that time, her fondness for large brimmed hats added an additional note of elegance to the many events she arranged for Northwood. For years, she was also active in the Assistance League of the Palm Springs Desert Area and the Parkinson's Resource Group. In 2005, she returned to Long Beach to be closer to her children. She is survived by her son, Eugene Forrest Shelby, II (age 60) of Anchorage, Alaska, and her two daughters, Carolyn June Shelby (age 59) of Los Angeles and Barbara Jean Shelby (age 57) of Huntington Beach, CA. She has one grandchild, Samantha Shelby Ames (age 21) of Santa Cruz, CA. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on September 6, 2008 at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, 125 W. El Alameda, Palm Springs. Immediately after, there will be a graveside service at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City. All friends and former students are welcome to attend. A scholarship fund has been created in Barbara's name at Northwood University. 

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Danton Burroughs

Danton Burroughs

June 24, 1944 - April 30, 2008

Danton Burroughs, Chairman of the Board of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., who maintained the Tarzan legacy, dies at 63.

Danton Burroughs, a family man, businessman, and collector of art, artifacts and literary works, and protector and promoter of the legacy of his Grandfather, Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author of Tarzan of the Apes and other famous American literary works), died at home in Tarzana, California on May 1, 2008. Danton passed away in his sleep due to heart failure. Danton had previously been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

[On a side note] At a Parkinson’s Resource Organization event in 2005, in a Tarzan and the Foreign Legion book given to actor Larry Pressman, whose father and brother had Parkinson’s, was inscribed: “Edgar Rice Burroughs, my grandfather who wrote this book, had Parkinson’s; John Coleman Burroughs, his son and my father, who illustrated this book, had Parkinson’s, and I, who gives this book, have Parkinson’s” signed Danton Burroughs.

Throughout his younger years Danton lived in a magical world created by the novels of his Grandfather which was filled with all the exciting illusions of exotic lands and inner earths that included heroes and villains larger than life. It was an exciting world that stimulated his imagination and Danton’s future was clearly set before him. Danton became an officer and director of the family owned business of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and was determined to keep his Grandfather’s legacy and fame alive. Danton’s engaging personality impressed all who knew him and his immense knowledge of the works and creations of his Grandfather allowed him to share his enthusiasm with business associates and friends. Danton was instrumental in the promotion and licensing of many diverse media properties, such as feature films, animated features, television series, daily and Sunday comic strips, live stage productions, theme park attractions, new editions of original novels and foreign editions, conventions, Burroughs Bibliophiles, fanzines, and comic books. Danton worked tirelessly, until the last day of his life, at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company created by his Grandfather to market and promote his literary works and the characters he created like Tarzan Lord of the Jungle and John Carter of Mars. The company will continue to promote and foster the legacy of not only Edgar Rice Burroughs but also Danton through its President James Sullos and the members of the Burroughs Family who will honor Danton’s legacy by keeping his dream alive to share the wonderful and fantastical worlds and characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Danton also sold real estate in the early 1970s in the San Fernando Valley and Venice, California.

Danton’s personal passion was collecting art, artifacts, historical memorabilia and literary works. His vast and varied eclectic collections included Wurlitzer and Seeburg Jukeboxes, an extensive record collection, sheet music and artist’s memorabilia of all sorts, bronze sculptures, rare pocket watches, marbles, street lamps, literary works and writings. The collections were amazing.

Danton was a son of the San Fernando Valley. He was born on June 21, 1944 to John Coleman Burroughs and Jane Ralston Burroughs in Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. His Grandfather, Edgar Rice Burroughs, established the community of Tarzana with the renaming of the historic “Rancho del Cabrillo,” the “Tarzana Ranch” consisting of 550 acres which he had purchased in 1919 from the Estate of General Harrison Gray Otis, the former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Mirror Company. Gen. Otis was one of the 5 principal partners in the “Suburban Homes Company” who in 1909 had purchased the southerly 47,500 acres of the San Fernando Valley and recorded Tract 1000 in 1910. General Otis had purchased from the syndicate the first parcel of this Tract which Burroughs now owned.

By 1922, Edgar Rice Burroughs had subdivided the northerly 100 acres of the ranch and was actively marketing the “Tarzana Tract” on the “Tarzana Ranch,” and as noted in the October 15th issue of the Los Angeles Examiner, “New Town of Tarzana Is Established.”

In 1927, the Tarzana Women’s Club asked Burroughs permission to use the Tarzana Ranch name which was later submitted with application for the establishment of the “Tarzana Post Office,” on December 16, 1930.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, General Harrison Gray Otis, and William Mulholland, Chief Engineer of the City Water Department, who brought water into the San Fernando Valley via the Los Angeles Aqueduct, were the giants of that time who set the stage for the subdivision and development of the San Fernando Valley into the suburban communities it is today.

Danton grew up in Tarzana and attended Tarzana elementary school, Ridgewood Military Academy in Woodland Hills, Sequoia Jr. High School in Reseda, and Reseda High School. He attended Los Angeles Pierce College, he belonged to the Tri Chi Fraternity, and he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree.

Danton is survived by his wife Linda and daughters Jane and Dejah and brother John Ralston and sister Dian, who have vowed to continue to honor Danton’s legacy and that of his family by preserving and promoting the fantastical literary characters and creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs that so many Americans have enjoyed for almost a century.

All who knew him, loved him. He was a dear husband, father, brother, and friend to all and our hearts are deeply saddened by his passing.
For further insights into the life of Danton please see the following weblink:

A Memorial Service to celebrate Danton will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.:
Tarzana Community & Cultural Center
19130 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, California 91356
(818) 705-1286
(Corner of Vanalden Ave. and Ventura Blvd., Parking available on surrounding streets)

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Danton Burroughs’ Memorial Fund at Parkinson’s Resource Organization:

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Carol Ann McCain

Carol Ann McCain

June 25, 1945 - March 18, 2008

Our beloved Carol Ann McCain, 63, of Palm Desert passed away in her home on Wednesday, March 18 after a valiant struggle with a disease similar to Parkinson’s called Shy-Drager syndrome (also known as Multiple Systems Atrophy).

Born on June 25, 1945 in Swannanoa, North Carolina to William Montgomery and Jane Colbert McCain, Carol attended high school in Japan and New Mexico, and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1967 with a degree in business. Carol was an accomplished gourmet cook, and at one point gave lessons in her home. She had a lifelong passion for dance, hiking, and the outdoors. Carol was a girl scout and studied ballet as a child. Later she moonlighted as a cabaret dancer while handling the accounting on a ship for Club Med. Her life was adventure and discovery. She sailed, scuba dived, skied, backpacked, rafted, and traveled to every continent and far corner of the Earth. She volunteered to teach English in Vietnam. Her passion for life is reflected by her large circle of friends and bottomless generosity. She showed us how to live with joy and endure life’s hardships with grace and determination.

Carol is survived by her brother Bill, nieces Lina and Mara, nephew Greg and dog Mop.

Memorial service is April 18th at 10am at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert

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Marilyn Visel Blue

Marilyn Visel Blue

August 8, 1930 - January 12, 2008

Marilyn Visel Blue, 77, of Palm Desert, CA passed on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 8, 1930, to Walter and Marie Metz in Los Angeles, CA. Well known for her beauty, social graces, innovative entrepreneurial businesses and charitable involvements, Marilyn Visel Blue was a much beloved personality in the desert for over 40 years. She died surrounded by her loving family and many friends.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry Blue; daughter, Stacey Peterson and Stacey's four children; son, Scott Norton and his wife Laura.

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