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Franklyn Paul Passmore, III

May 14, 1952 - August 29, 2010

Franklyn Paul Passmore III, a long time resident of the South Bay, died August 29th, 2010. Born May 14th, 1952, in Indiana, PA to Franklin and Irene Passmore; Franklyn was 58. He is survived by his wife Sherrie, son Christopher and fiancee Lisa, brother Robert and wife Kathy, sister Renee, mother-in-law Annabelle Vaugh…read more

Franklyn Paul Passmore III, a long time resident of the South Bay, died August 29th, 2010. Born May 14th, 1952, in Indiana, PA to Franklin and Irene Passmore; Franklyn was 58. He is survived by his wife Sherrie, son Christopher and fiancee Lisa, brother Robert and wife Kathy, sister Renee, mother-in-law Annabelle Vaughn, brother-in-law Mark and wife Lucy. His nieces and nephews, Bobby, Dawn, Callie, Brian, Chris, and Randall also survive him. Paul and his spouse Sherrie were married on October 7th, 1979 at Alpine Village Chapel in Torrance, CA. It was an occasion that will always be remembered as a time of joy and happiness and one that will never be forgotten. Paul graduated from California State University Long Beach in December 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film. Paul enjoyed electronics, technology, television broadcasting, photography and acting. Paul appeared as many different characters in many different video productions such as commercials, movies, and music videos. However, of all his acting roles, Paul was most commonly known as Santa Frank. As a charter member of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, Paul was one of, if not the most, authentic representation of Santa Claus from a group of more than 350 real bearded Santas. While having the common traits such as natural white hair and beard, plump belly, and puffy cheeks, what set Paul apart from the rest was his bright smile and warm heart. He was one of a kind. Paul received much joy from bringing smiles and happiness to children, parents, and adults alike; but not just during the Christmas season, but also year round. Paul had a unique Santa Frank summer ensemble consisting of sandals, sunglasses, red beach shorts, a red and white Hawaiian shirt, and of course the Santa hat. There’s nothing quite like seeing Santa Claus during the summer season enjoying the sun, surf and atmosphere of Venice Beach, CA. Paul was also a member of many organizations and volunteer groups. He was an avid amateur radio operator and was active in amateur radio clubs such as the United Radio Amateur Club, South Bay Amateur Radio Club, Torrance Amateur Radio Association and the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service. His enthusiasm for the amateur radio hobby and the long lasting friendships built upon this common enthusiasm brought much happiness to his life. Paul volunteered over one thousand hours of his time to preparation, training and active duty by providing communications support during special events and also during times of distress. There was no need for compensation. His reward was giving back to the community and assisting those in need with the skills that he possessed. Paul was a gentle and humorous man and he will be missed greatly by his family and everyone who knew him. May he rest in peace.

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