A Happy Memorial Full of Laughter

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A Happy Memorial Full of Laughter
Photo Courtesy of L. A. County Board of Supervisors Lyn and Dick Sherman received a commendation from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, not for themselves, but for Lyn’s champion bloodhound, Knobby, who had just won “Best in Show” in the 2005 Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in 2005.
Dick Sherman’s memorial on Sunday July 24, was carefully planned, a labor of love especially for Serena Wiley, who went to work for him when she was 18, and Jay Feranandez, who also worked for him as a pipeline contractor. Serena contacted us wanting to acknowledge the people who put their hearts into making sure Richard had a memorial. Our feature, “Richard Sherman—A Man for All Septics” (Pages 8-9), however, was already on the page and ready to go to press. No room? No problem. It was an opportunity to show the photo of Lyn and Dick receiving a commendation for their 2005 “Best of Breed” bloodhound, Knobby, from then Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The memorial was a heartwarming and joyous occasion, where longtime friends gathered to share their memories and some wild stories of the man in the lime green truck with the blue flames. “When Jay Fernandez got wind that there might not be a memorial for Richard,” Serena writes, “he knew that between the two of us, we would make sure it happened. I contacted his wife, Lyn, with a plan and once she agreed, I ran with it, starting with the GoFundMe account, then worked on a location and date. The memorial would not have been possible if not for the enormous generosity of Amir Rofougaran, owner of “The 1909.” Amir was incredibly kindhearted when it came to the price for the food, space and service. Cristina Munteanu is an event coordinator for The 1909, and met with me to coordinate, as well as provide service the day of. The appetizers at the event were from Amir’s catering company, Belair Bistro and I baked all the desserts myself. Feisser Stone is a Topanga local (Barlingual.com) and provided discounted bar services for us. Jay and I worked together. With the help of generous donations, we were able to have a lovely gathering to share our stories and pay respects to Richard, a man who was so kind, generous, loyal, incredibly smart and funny. There are still expenses we would like to cover for Lyn through the GoFundMe account: gofundme.com/richard-sherman-topanga. The contact email address is: shermanmemorial724@gmail.com. Thank you for all those who attended and thanks for your help and support. —Serena Wiley, (818) 427-2850 What’s in the News? “Town Council Seeks Fairness in FAIR Plan” (Page 4). Who doesn’t? In Letters What’s going on—or not going on—at Pine Tree Circle? And why doesn’t the State Park clear its brush? (Pages 5 & 7) Trouble the Water at Theatricum is a tour de force, says reviewer Annemarie Donkin. Don’t miss this one. (Page 6) Paula LaBrot is spot on with “The Hospitalists” for tips on how to navigate your way around our broken, so-called health care system. (Page 13) Dog Days of August 2022 is back for this issue and the next on August 19. Submit your dog’s hi-res photo and 150 words max by August 12. Send to: editor@thecanyonchronicle.com (Page 10)
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August 5, 2022

A Topanga Memorial