Centenarian Harry Bogue lived long, full life as Pacific Beach resident
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Harry E. Bogue,100, of Pacific Beach passed away on Jan. 21 at Vista Gardens Memory Care in Vista. A resident of Pacific Beach for more than 70 years, Bogue managed Pacific Beach Lumber (later Western Lumber) for 40 years, supplying much of the lumber used in building the growing beach community.

Son of Charles and Olive Bogue, he was born Oct. 26, 1912 in the Imperial Valley and moved to Lakeside in a covered wagon. Bogue married Laura Alice Avey in 1937 and was married for six decades. The father of two, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of six, Bogue built his own home in 1938 on Diamond Street across from the Pacific Beach Recreation Center.

Bogue chose the lot because of its central location, looking north to the La Jolla foothills with no trees in sight. As the community grew around him, “Grandpa” was a well-known and popular figure in Pacific Beach, riding his bicycle on the boardwalk into his 80s and his motorized scooter well into his 90s, always sporting his yellow Lions Club baseball cap.

A charter member of the Pacific Beach Lions Club in 1940, Mr. Bogue had perfect attendance at meetings for more than 60 years.

Bogue served on the board of directors of the Pacific Beach Town Council and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He worked tirelessly to support the beach community.

Bogue remembers formal dances at the legendary Crystal Pier Dance Hall, listening outside to the “Big Bands,” being too young to go inside.

“I love to dance. Wherever there was any dance hall, I was dancing,” said Bogue. “I’d rather dance than eat.”

Survivors include a brother, Willard, of Imperial Valley; son Gary Bogue of Pacific Beach; grandchildren Lori D’amaro, Leah Pitt, Lindy Martinet and Jessica Jarkowski; and great grand-children Suzanne D’amaro, Christopher D’amaro, Stephany D’amaro, Daniel Pitt, Emily Martinet and Olivia Martinet.

Funeral services will be held graveside on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Ave,, San Diego, 92113; (619) 264-3131.

Following the funeral service, a celebration of Harry’s life will be held at 1404 Diamond St. in Pacific Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vista Gardens Memory Care in Vista.

Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the guest book online at www.dignitymemorial.com.
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