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Charles Scott Johnston was born on May 2, 1961 and raised in Hermosa Beach and a resident of Redondo Beach for the past twenty years. CJ/ Charlie was passionate about many things including life, family, friends, fitness and rescuing many German Shepherds over the years. He loved the ocean and the beach and surfing, paddling, rowing and cruising the Strand to catch beautiful sunsets. He was a gifted tradesman and project manager and never stopped learning, a real student of life. He always challenged himself to be his absolute best in everything.
He lost his fight to a rare form of cancer, but he won the battle everyday as he never gave in and never gave up. He reminded us daily that we only have today and to always be present in the moment. He embraced all of the support, hope, love and faith from those around him and was truly grateful for all of these gifts. His life was taken away too soon, but his spirit will live on in our hearts forever. He was an amazing brother, son, colleague and friend and he will be deeply missed.
Family requests you send condolences and inquiries regarding his celebration of life service to and any donations in his memory can be made to Westside German Shepherd Rescue of LA (

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 18, 2018.
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October 8, 2019
So sad to learn of the passing of Charles Johnston. He was called Chas when our families were neighbors in Hermosa Beach. Chas was at our home many times in his youth as he was a friend of my son Adam. Charles was so bright and always very polite. My condolences to his family.

Virginia Snyder
Virginia Snyder
July 2, 2019
My sincere and deepest condolence.
My friend since 6th grade at Pier Avenue, I will miss you. My heart is breaking. Always kind and generous a lovely soul. Every May we would email each other and wish each other a happy birthday.
Lee Ann Dennis
January 9, 2019
My Sincere Condolences to his Family and Friends!
I met him in Redondo about 8 years ago.... Sweetest person with the BIGGEST Heart. And,he LOVED his Dogs...
I'm so sad and shocked! :-(
Bonita Robertson
December 27, 2018
Diana Bell
December 27, 2018
Chaz - 1984
Diana Bell
December 26, 2018
My condolences to all of the family. Chaz was an amazing, loving, helpful and intelligent person. He was a talented, natural athlete and enjoyed construction projects - his home was forever being beautified. Yes, he loved his dogs!

I met Chaz in 1984 at our apt complex in Hermosa Beach. We would go to the beach at sunrise and afternoons where he would surf, ride bikes to Marina del Rey and up to PV, snow ski, work out, watch TV shows, go over his projects, and enjoy life. When he asked me to help him buy the house, I knew that would be the best house on the street once he started remodeling it. Chaz was always so positive and spoke from the heart. He was a great close friend to me and my family and will be deeply missed. Keep smiling to all of us Chaz. You are a true angel. Love always (Photos will be uploaded later)
Diana Bell
December 23, 2018
I'll love you always
Lorie mcKenzie
December 23, 2018
I'm am very sorry to hear about Chas' passing. My condolences to his sisters Tracy and Margaret, and his family. RIP Chas.

Debbie LeMeuse Magana
Torrance, CA
December 20, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
A. H.
December 18, 2018
Grew up with Chaz since high school. Wonderful, wonderful guy. One of those guys that everyone loved. Would see and spend time with him in recent years in the Riviera Village and beach in Redondo Beach. Will miss him greatly!

Brad Wilson
Brad Wilson
December 18, 2018
My condolences to the Johnston family. I spent many hours in the water at 2nd Street with Chaz. He was a wonderful human being and friend.
Joe Stott
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