Don C. Force died at Mt. San Antonio Gardens on December 3, 2015. He had been a Claremont resident since 2000, after living in Pomona since 1965.
He was born on July 5, 1928 in Clear Lake, South Dakota, a small town near the Minnesota border, the fourth child of Hazel (Clement) and Clifford Force.
William “Bill” Benjamin Arce Jr., a longtime resident of Claremont, died on March 7, 2016 at the age of 90. He passed in peace, surrounded and comforted by his loving family.
Born in Oakland, California to William Benjamin Arce Sr. and Edith Caroline Friberg Arce, Bill was raised with his older sister Lorraine. His father shared with him his love for the game of baseball. Pearl Harbor and World War II interrupted what might have been a great professional baseball career. He enlisted at 19 and, as part of the “Greatest Generation,” he fought with Patton’s infantry in Europe and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.
Doris Caldwell Rhoades died on March 19, 2016 at the age of 97. She was in the presence of loving family and friends at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, where she had been a resident since 1992.
She was born in 1918 on the Caldwell Homestead, a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania, to Frank and Elizabeth Caldwell. Doris was the eldest of four daughters.
Fay Mary Linder died on March 4, 2016 at Pilgrim Place in Claremont. She had been a resident since 1994 after retiring from many years of teaching in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ms. Linder was born in Bronxville, New York in 1927 and grew up in Greensburg, New York and Philadelphia. Being active in sports in school and summer camps led to a career as a physical education teacher
Jean L. Cobb died on January 13, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90.
She was born on April 20, 1925 in Newnan, Georgia to Mildred and Clifford Loftin, who worked, respectively, as a teacher and a structural steel salesman and inventor. Young Jean spent her earliest years in a house with three generations of women, which provided a lifelong lesson in female strength.
Harrison McIntosh, celebrated ceramicist and longtime Claremont resident, died on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Claremont. He was 101.
Mr. McIntosh was part of southern California’s “revolution in clay,” which in the 1950s elevated ceramics from mere craft to fine art.
Mr. McIntosh made well over 9,000 pieces over the years, drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus movement, Asian pottery and Swedish ceramics.