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Memorial celebration for Rich Conforti

The life of Rich Conforti and everything he meant to his family and friends, including those who knew him at Adams’ Pack Station, will be celebrated from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the El Dorado Park Golf Course, 2400 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815. Conforti, who was born in 1952, died late last month.

Richard Conforti with Deb Burgess (center) accepting donation from Carol Libby by Arcadia Historical Society in 2010 that helped save the Pack Station.

In recent years, Conforti, as designated general manager, spent several days each week helping with the management and upkeep of Adams’ Pack Station, the coordination of the many weekend events, and he oversaw the challenging limited parking for customers and friends of the Pack Station. It was always with complete selfless-ness and a welcoming friendly manner and engaging sense of humor.

In an e-mail to their friends at Santa Anita Canyon and a web site posting, pack station owner/manager Deb Burgess said, “Many of you knew Rich as the guy who would cook you a “perfect canyon dog” or give you a hard time about not parking right, or tell a joke, or a story. But that was only part of who Rich was. Rich loved to play golf, was an avid Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots fan, a wonderful father, great companion, and someone you could always call to cheer you up by making you laugh.”

Burgess wrote that she knew Rich for 32 years and that he was “the love of my life and my very best friend in the entire world. I miss him so much already. In closing, she offered, “Play well Rich. You are under par on your final hole.”

— By Scott Hettrick

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