Ernest Eric Hokenson
1942 - 2019
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Born in Providence, RI, Ernie came to California in 1968 and has been a resident of Redondo Beach for 30 years. He loved the beach life, playing golf, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a passion for painting and traveling the world with his loving partner of 40 years, Delores.

Working as a mortgage loan officer and in sales allowed him time to pursue his incredible talent as an artist. At age 12 he won a full scholarship from Rhode Island School of Design to study art at the University of Bologna, Italy. He later moved to New York City and studied under artist George Guisti. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Buenaventura Art Association and for the past two years participated in the Steamboat Springs Art Museum's PleinAir art competition in Colorado.

Ernie is survived by his partner in life Delores Gilmore, son Christian Hokenson (Heidi) and daughter Erika Anderson (Scott). He adored his grandchildren, Bailey, Graison, Bluzette, and Atreyu Anderson and step-grandchildren, Paige and Kayla Gilmore, Sean (Haley) and Joshua (Deanna) Berger and great-grandson, Braidyn and his sisters and brother, Karen Davis, Joan Swienski, Sister Ruth (Shirley Hokenson), Kenneth Hokenson and former spouse, Patricia.

Predeceased by stepson, Russell Gilmore and parents Ruth and Ernest Hokenson, brother Robert, sisters Jane and Janice.

Ernie died after a ten-month battle with cancer. He loved his family and friends and he will be deeply missed. Donations to American Cancer Society or City of Hope, please.

Memorial service at Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach, CA, Saturday August 10, 2019.


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Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 8, 2019.
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August 22, 2019
40 years together was not enough. I miss you.
Delores Gilmore
August 20, 2019
Such a great guy he will be with Peter now like when we were all kids
Anthony nappy Napolitano
August 11, 2019
You'll be forever in my heart dad (and your advice in my ear)... Love you, miss you, but glad there is no longer pain nor suffering for you.
Christian Hokenson
August 10, 2019
My heartfelt condolences and love to the Hokenon and Gilmore families, and may all your fond memories bring you peace. Rest in Peace Ernie... God Bless!
Connie & Family
Connie Caruso
August 9, 2019
Deepest Condolences to your family
Hilarie Bianco-Vazquez
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