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Sidney Chambers

Sidney Chambers

born on Jan. 14, 1922, in Hollywood, Calif., took his last breath on June 25, 2010, at 5:45 AM. He was surrounded by his family, his best friend and fishing buddy Ken, and his beloved cocker spaniel Tara.

His mother Ada Moss was a bookkeeper and his father Louie Chambers was a pharmacist. He enlisted in Officers Training School in 1941 and joined the U.S. Navy and became a full Lt. He served on the USS Logan, which sat off the shores at Okinawa and Iwo Jima during WWll. He attended the USC School of Pharmacy where he played a bit of football. And, according to his son-in-law, still had a mean pass into his 70s. He was a lifetime member of the Trojan Athletic Club.

He met his beautiful wife on a blind date while visiting his grandma in New York. They married after his tour ended in 1947. He began a career at Thrifty Drug Store and retired from there in 1982. After raising their two daughters in the quiet safety of Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills of Calif., they sold the family home and moved to Palm Springs, Calif., in 1989, where they lived during the winter months. Migrating when the weather warmed to their beautiful home in Big Bear Lake, Calif., where his best fishing buddy and the trout were waiting. He was healthy and came away with a clean bill of health year after year. That is why we were all so shocked when God reached into his big bag of names and pulled out Dad's. He is terribly missed by all that knew and loved him. 

He is survived by his wife, Helen, who is lost without him after 63 years; two daughters, Laurie Jill Gentry of Topanga, Calif., and Dee Anne West and her husband John; their children Stephanie Rae West and Alyssa Anne Gilkeson of Hesperia, Calif.

There have been two memorials. One in Big Bear Lake, Calif., on July 11, 2010 and one in Palm Springs, Calif. in Nov. of 2010. We have waited to publish this obituary due to the difficulty of dealing with this loss and to allow Sidney Chambers, husband, father and friend to carry on his life's journey, on this first anniversary of his passing.

"Big Bear Grizzly"  Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper