Longtime SB lifeguard icon Steve Cushman passes away (1952-2017)

Steve Cushman

Long time Seal Beach lifeguard Steve Cushman passed away on July 20, 2017.  He passed away peacefully with his family by his side — daughters, Shaena and Rachel, and his spouse, Lucy.

“Cush” grew up in Seal Beach and began his career with the City in 1969 when at age 17 he became a Seasonal Lifeguard.  He got full-time work in 1971 and never looked back over a 34-year career.  Steve was promoted to Lifeguard Captain in 1993 and became Chief in 1999. Over the years he won many awards, saved countless lives including one where he had to leap from a helicopter to rescue two victims who were caught in massive storm surf.

He was an excellent mechanic and wood worker, and always had an idea on how to fix something or make it better. His innovations include the tower phones system, the public address system, and the lifeguard tower design, all of which are still in use today.

He was a “fix-it” Husband who finished all types of projects around the family’s Los Alamitos home, from plumbing to electrical, digital or carpentry. He adored his daughters and was the most loving Dad, always sharing his wisdom, adventure, and humor. He never missed a big school event or the chance to call you out for being klutzy – just for a laugh and a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. The family shares unforgettable memories of Disneyland Ditch Days, Catalina getaways, Big Bear excursions, Father Daughter dances, 5am fishing trips, great pool party Birthdays, Easter Bunny surprises, beach rides down to River’s End Café, and so much more.

The Seal Beach Lifeguard Memorial Tribute is Saturday, August 5th, beginning at 9am with Sharing & Slideshow, followed by a 10am Paddle Out, and Celebration of Life at River’s End Café at 11:30am. Call (562) 430-2613 for Lifeguard Tribute details. All are welcome.

Author: losaltv


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