The Cambrian


Richard Buckner “Buck” Jordan

Native Californian

Richard Buckner “Buck” Jordan was born in November 1930 to Commander Leslie LaFayette Jordan, USN Retired, and Mildred McCay Jordan, their third and last son. He died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in San Luis Obispo.

In the intervening 81 years, Buck gave free rein to a superior intelligence and a natural curiosity. Only the mastery of foreign language eluded him, but he never abandoned the study. Determination despite a “tin ear” can do that.

A native Californian, Buck was born in Redlands, educated in Redland schools, the Webb School of Claremont and the Hill School of Pottstown, Pa.

After nearly four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he graduated from Yale University in 1957, with a degree in Political Science.

Following a brief tenure with Mobil Oil, Buck launched his securities career and enjoyed more than 40 years serving clients’ financial needs, prior to his retirement.

In 1959, Buck’s marriage to Connie Eddy of Providence, R.I., was a perfect union, including extended families, who enjoyed each other in the bargain. Connie and Buck knew a lifetime of real pleasure in each other’s company.

Both enjoyed Buck’s philatelic interests and benefited from the friends met and made, as his stamp exhibits garnered international gold awards. He retired from philatelic judging in 1993, but continued to research and write articles and satisfy the collector’s urges.

Buck’s entire business career was in Fresno, Calif., where he enjoyed membership in the Fresno Rotary Club and board membership in the San Joaquin Stock and Bond Club.

He served as board member with the Fresno Art Museum, Fund Drive Chairman and President. Additionally, he was President of both the Cal State University at Fresno University Club and President of the Henry Madden Library Associates.

In retirement, Buck and Connie acted on a long-planned move to their vacation home in Cambria. Wherever possible, both became involved in local activities.

He belonged to the Cambria Round Table, American Legion Post 432 and drove for CAN whenever possible. He also wrote, advised and mentored.

Clients and brokers, artists and advocates, physicians and politicians, restaurateurs, and bartenders, so many became good friends of Buck, and all benefited from shared experiences.

Buck is survived by his brother, William McCay Jordan and his family; and his wife of 53 years, Connie. He was predeceased by his brother, Leslie; and both parents.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, at Cambria Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire in Cambria.

Interment will be in Rhode Island at a later time.

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night Sweet Prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Shane Coghlan Hill

Family reunited—Born in Santa Paula, Calif., in January 1948, Shane Coghlan Hill, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Shane, daughter of Audrey Thompson Coghlan, was known for her egg art, ice skating, playing pool and winning at cards.

Shane is survived by her sister, Valerie; children David and Kellye; nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

She returns home, as her ashes join her mothers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Cambria Cemetery. The ashes of her sister, Patricia Coghlan Torres, who died in 2005, will be placed as well.

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Ernie Moreno

Many may have known him as that friendly man walking in the neighborhood with the cute white poodle, Abby, or have seen him driving in town and at Moonstone Beach with Abby hanging out the window of the black Mustang.

Others, of course, knew him as the wonderful, loving husband of Pat, the kind, caring supportive uncle to so many nieces and nephews and as a dear friend and neighbor to many people in Cambria and around the world.

Ernest “Ernie” Moreno was born in April 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., and passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at home with his wife, Pat, and precious poodle, Abby, at his side.

He lived a wonderful full life. Raised in Los Angeles by his widowed mother, Ernie grew up in the Silverlake district. He attended grade school all the way through colleges, both Woodbury and USC in Los Angeles, before he started his long working career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Ernie was the consummate salesman. Not one to want to be tied to an inside job, he preferred to remain in the field, with his love for people and, of course, the challenge of the sale —Ernie was very successful.

Often asked by many how he managed to convince a blind date to marry him on the second date, his response was

“Salesmanship!” And it was — that blind date, Pat, was the love of his life for 48 years.

Together, they shared a wonderful life. With no children of their own, they managed to accumulate many nieces and nephews, many of whom were “nieces and nephews” by choice.”

Ernie and Pat traveled the world together and visited most states and countries playing golf together and meeting wonderful people, who became dear friends as well as traveling companions.

He loved golf and played several times at St. Andrews and Carnoustie in Scotland, as well as in Kenya, Fiji and many other countries, always with Pat.

Ernie and Pat retired several years ago and began to volunteer both in Los Angeles and in Cambria. In LA, Ernie volunteered several years with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Company. He even sat in for Placido Domingo when stage lighting was being set for the performances.

His love of opera was shared with Pat and they attended performances in many of the worlds famous opera houses.

After their move to Cambria in 1995, Ernie volunteered as a docent at the Hearst Castle Information booth. He enjoyed all of the foreign visitors and practiced the German language he had learned from his mother as a child.

It can truly be said that he never knew a stranger. He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and volunteered there, as well as his church in Cambria. He enjoyed playing with the Cambria CARGA golf group, Pinedorado and other groups in Cambria.

Ernie always said he loved three things in his life: his wife, Pat and Abby, his God and his country. All were important to him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire in Cambria, with a reception to follow at the Fellowship Hall.

Memorial gifts can be made in Ernie’s name to Community Presbyterian Church at the above address; or Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors (CAN), P.O. Box 1797, Cambria, CA 93428.

Ernie loved his home and his garden, so if you wish to honor him with a plant that could be planted in his garden, that would be a way to honor him too.

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