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November 21, 1922 - April 27, 2016
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Phillip Maurice Torf, age 93, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his wife, Millicent, and his two daughters, Bonnie Rose and Victoria Torf.
Phil Torf was born in Los Angeles on November 21, 1922, the son of Jude Torf and Elizabeth Bloom. He grew up in Eagle Rock and graduated from Eagle Rock High School in 1940. After attending Fresno State, he graduated in 1944 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Long Island, New York, and served as a merchant mariner in the Pacific during World War II.
He returned to Los Angeles after the war. He soon met the love of his life and married Millicent Owen in 1950. He worked as a manufacturers’ representative in the toy business for many years and later owned House of Props – a classic Hollywood prop house on Gower Street, originally established in 1948 by his uncle, Alexander Torf. He was a dedicated member of the American Legion and the Freemasons. He also served as president of the Los Angeles-Long Beach chapter of the USMMA Alumni foundation, and was well known for his dedication for recruiting cadets from Los Angeles-area high schools to the Merchant Marine Academy.
Phil is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Millicent Owen Torf; his two daughters, Bonnie Rose and Victoria Torf, both of Ventura; three granddaughters, Jennifer Rose Alexander of Thousand Oaks, Melanie Rose of Ojai, and Brooke Elizabeth Ezra Torf-Fulton of San Francisco; and one great-grandson, Bodhi Kai Rose Alexander of Thousand Oaks.
His funeral will be held at Hillside Memorial Park and Cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1st, at 1pm.