|"There is nothing like being out at sea in a black night and all you can see is stars. It can be life altering. It keeps me centered. Being out at sea is something I really like to do.’ Chuck Fowler, June 18, 1948-Oct. 18, 2020.
(November 14, 2020, 5:15 p.m.) -- As LBREPORT.com sadly reported on our Facebook page on Oct. 18, Chuck Fowler, husband of 38 years to Laurie Angel and a steadfast presence alongside her on behalf of North Long Beach neighborhoods and taxpayers, passed away peacefully earlier that day. In a remembrance today (Nov. 14), Ms. Angel eloquently writes:
"On October 18, Chuck was set free from the constraints of a 2-year struggle with lung and heart disease resulting from therapy protocols he received 28 years ago for Lymphoma."
Ms. Angel says Chuck’s ashes will be scattered at sea "to continue sailing on fair seas." Due to COVID concerns, no service will held at this time, but in lieu of flowers, she invites donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "in memory of Coach Chuck Fowler."
Ms. Angel writes in her remembrance:
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Born in Torrance, California to Charles T. and- Alberta (Patterson) Fowler, he attended schools in Long Beach and graduated in 1966 from South High School. His family loved being on the water and he spent his teenage years living aboard his family’s sailboat learning seamanship from his dad.
Mr. Fowler served on North Redevelopment Project Area Committee (North PAC) and was active in the North Long Beach Community Action Group when it won the Neighborhoods USA (NUSA, a national organization) 2008 Neighborhood of the Year award. He was also very active in NLB's Jane Addams Neighborhood Association. "He really cared about North Long Beach and loved our old Spanish style home into which he poured much effort and creativity," Ms. Angel recalled for LBREPORT.com.
North Long Beach News publisher Dan Pressburg recalls that Mr. Fowler conceptualized, designed and personally drew and submitted to North PAC the fence visible on Atlantic Ave. across from Jordan High that today enables students to cross busy Atlantic Ave. safely. The fence's wavy design -- representing the ocean waves Mr. Fowler loved -- is now also visible on City-installed fences in various parts of Long Beach. "When you see that wavy design along Atlantic across from Jordan and in areas across Long Beach, they reflect Mr. Fowler's concept and design," Mr. Pressburg said.
In addition, Mr. Fowler played a major role in designating part of North Long Beach (roughly Market St. to Del Amo Blvd.) as "Virginia Village." At the turn of the 20th century, the area was initially known as "Virginia City" and later "Greater Long Beach" before its current designation as part of "North Long Beach." Mr. Pressburg says Mr. Fowler considered it important for Redevelopment purposes to acknowledge the area's history and his suggestion of "Virginia Village" came to define that portion of NLB for new development.
These contributions were in addition to countless volunteer hours Mr. Fowler spent in neighborhood clean-ups, tree plantings and taxpayer protective advocacy.
Chuck Fowler will be warmly remembered and genuinely missed by residents of North Long Beach and beyond.
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