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Week Seven

Dear League Members,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Stramel, a long-time member of the Los Angeles Pool League who diedFriday.  Jim's mother said Jim underwent surgery late last week in an effort to relieve a sever case of diverticulitis.  But since he had also been on chemo for the last three weeks to battle leukemia, his immune system was nearly wiped out, and Jim developed pneumonia after the surgery, and that's what claimed his life.  Jim was 55.




Our deepest condolences to Jim's family and teammates from Bar 10. His Captain Marty Brennan, submitted the following after speaking to Jim's mother:

"He was in love with a sweet man named Mark, who Jim told me was at the hospital with him everyday.

Jim did not want a religious service.  His mother is hoping to talk to people at Santa Monica College, where he worked as a professor for decades, about arranging a memorial service of some kind.  She also hopes to set up a scholarship fund there that people can donate to in lieu of flowers.

If/when we hear any more details about those arrangements, we will pass these along.

A special request from Jim's mom:  Jim had two cats - brother and sister Maine Coons.  She needs someone to take them in, as she herself has 3 dogs and can't care for them herself. The cats are around 10 years old, healthy and spayed, and very shy but nice animals.  Jim "doted on them as his babies," she said.  We are asking if anyone can adopt them or knows someone who can.  If interested, please contact Marty via this email address at the BOG.

When we know more about services or arrangements, we will let you know.

Nominations for BOG:  There are currently four seats open on the Board of Governors.  If you are interested in placing your name in nomination, please write it on the scoresheet or email us here by the end of week eight.  Thus far, Cliff Giles, Jr, and Matt Reilly, both current members are running.

Al Ballesteros, President

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