In Memoriam

Thomas H. Crosby, Jr., August 10, 1943 – January 27, 2020

Tom Halford Crosby, Jr. was born on August 10, 1943 in the San Juan Islands near Anacortes, Washington. His parents, Thomas Crosby, Sr. and Rosemary Maher, took Tom and his younger brother Rexford with them while they worked carnivals all over America, which helped to fuel Tom’s effervescent and entrepreneurial personality. Growing up, he attended schools in 35 different states, in addition to being home-schooled by his mother while on the road.

After putting roots down in the San Gabriel Valley in 1957, he attended Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, California. Tom, who had always been musically inclined, started a band to support himself. They were popular at high school dances.

While at Mt. San Antonio College, he studied music and art and played bass guitar as part of the house band at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium’s Saturday night ballroom dances. Tom was also a prolific songwriter who produced an album with a fellow musician. He had scores of fans from his days with Sugarbolt, a rock and roll band which played backup for Sonny and Cher. Tom was drafted by the Army during the Vietnam War. While he was there, he read a book about investing in real estate, planting the seed for his eventual career. After returning from Vietnam, he continued working in music, performing and managing his band.

In 1980, he entered the real estate industry. That’s when Tom Crosby met Ellen Fu, the love of his life. The two up-and-coming agents joined forces professionally and personally for a powerhouse company and successful marriage. George Realty helped buy and sell homes for thousands of Southern California residents for many decades. Tom and Ellen’s family was complete in 1988 when they welcomed their son Thomas H. Crosby, III (AKA Tommy) into the world.

Tom has touched so many lives as a leader, mentor, role model, boss, husband, father, brother, son, uncle, and friend. He has helped many people achieve their dreams by taking them under his wing, giving them the tools they needed to succeed, and believing in them, sometimes more than they believed in themselves. One former Coldwell Banker vice president said, “He was one of the most forthright and honest brokers.”

Always full of life, Tom leaves behind a legacy of integrity, compassion, love, and joie de vivre. We are all so blessed to have been a part of his bright light.

Chad Araki, April 27, 1978 - December 14, 2019

Chad Araki was born on April 27, 1978 in Montebello, CA.  He was a REALTOR® with Masters Realty in San Marino. He was an active member with the West San Gabriel Valley REALTORS® and enjoyed serving the members, enhancing his network and making a difference in the Association. Chad headed the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn and has served as the President of Toastmasters. In 2013 he joined both the Education and MLS Committees and in 2014 joined the YPN Committee. Chad was Chair of the Membership Committee in 2016 and Co-Chair in 2017. He has also served as a Board of Director. In his spare time, he enjoys singing and spending time with family and friends, especially his terrier dog Daisuke 

Arthur Louis Luna, September 28, 1944 - April 27, 2018

Art is the 2011 President of the West San Gabriel Valley REALTORS® (WSGVR). Art is a Certified Financial Planner, (CFP), a Graduate REALTOR® Institute, (GRI) and a Senior Real Estate Specialist, (SRES). He is currently the Vice Chair of Membership and a Director of C.A.R. He is also an instructor for GRI, SRES, a certified zipForm® instructor and teaches monthly Orientation at WSGVR. He is the Owner/Broker of Pacific American Properties.

A REALTOR® for more than 19 years, Real Estate is a second career for Art. He was a Stockbroker and Regional Manager for a major Wall Street Firm for more than 20 years and was the first Mexican American Stockbroker in the United States. He has degrees in Business Administration, Finance, and Economics, as well as a Masters in Financial Planning. Art has been the President of many organizations such as Junior Chamber of Commerce, service clubs, and community organizations.

Art’s three passions are golf, cruising, and cooking. He had cooked for the Association on many occasions at the old building. Art loves to travel and has been on 14 cruises. Art has a charity in Montebello. His Golf tournament raises money to keep kids from joining gangs and has raised over a million dollars. Many golfers are Celebrities and Sport Stars, and of course the Clipper Girls. He was tournament Chairman for over 10 years.

Arthur was a resident of Los Angeles, California at the time of passing.

Loraine Lefler, 1925-2011

It is with great sadness that the West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS® announces the passing of long time member, Loraine Lefler (1925-2011). Loraine was a two time Past President of the West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS® (1997 and 2004). She remained continuously active at all levels, local, state, and national Association of REALTORS®.  She was extremely proud to be a C.A.R. Golden R member. Loraine was a 2011 Director and she was re-elected to another two-year term just last week. In addition, she sponsored a United Nation flag for the Association, which is displayed at the Association Auditorium.  In memory of Loraine, the BOD has created a Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

Rose Wynn, October 1, 1925 – June 3, 2011

Rose was born in Detroit, Michigan to Max and Eda Satin, she was the youngest of five children. She moved to California and was the loving mother of Nettie, Steve (Steve Goetz WSGVAR Member, Coldwell Banker New Century), Rhonda and Adele.  She is survived by her children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Rose worked hard all her life.  For over 35 years, she worked as a successful real estate broker.  Rose was President of the WSGVAR in 1982 and was REALTOR® of the Year in 1985.

She enjoyed acting in local theatre productions and was an accomplished singer and speaker and loved Disney movies. 

Rose lived a full life and will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, compassion and her vibrant personality.