George Beckerson passed away on October 29, 2020 at the age of 89. He was born in New York City where he lived prior to moving to Chicago and then Southern California. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
In 1968 he moved to La Habra, CA where he met and married Bonnie, who became the love of his life. George was a jeweler who dreamed of owning his own store. In 1974, an opportunity arose to buy the long-established Weston Jewelers. George and Bonnie moved with their two daughters to Hermosa Beach and firmly established themselves in the Manhattan Beach business community. A naturally gregarious man, George's friendliness made Weston Jewelers an enjoyable place to shop and his integrity and commitment to fairness kept people coming back.
For the next 20 years, George and Bonnie became involved with a number of civic organizations, including the Manhattan Beach Lions Club and Downtown Business and Professional Association of which he is a past Director. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as an Honorary Member of The Manhattan Beach Historical Society.
For several decades he dressed as Uncle Sam and led his street's 4th of July Parade on foot, often with his two grandsons at his side. Only at 86 years, when the hills of Hermosa became too much did he agree to ride in the truck and wave to the folks that came out to watch.
He loved opera, theater, old movies, spy novels, trivia and physics. He enjoyed learning foreign languages and Tagalog was his favorite language. He played chess with his grandsons and encouraged them to think critically through chess.
George is survived by his beloved wife Bonnie, daughter Wendy (John) Bloomingdale of Palos Verdes Estates, and their sons John and Nicholas; and daughter Michele (Michael) Alessi of Glendale, CA. He is also survived by his sister Rosalyn Sabio of New York City as well as many nieces and nephews in New York.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Nov. 17, 2020.