Last summer, as part of her occasional “From Canyon To Cove” column updates about her fight with cancer, Coastline Pilot city editor Cindy Frazier relayed an encouraging diagnosis and the “rare sight” of a smile from her oncologist. Sadly, her pancreatic cancer persisted and on Wednesday, at age 60, she passed away after a valiant battle.
Despite her weakening condition, Frazier insisted on making the superhuman effort to take part in a reading at this spring’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Alisha Gomez, who stepped in as interim city editor, will continue in that capacity until a permanent replacement is found:
“Cindy was fiercely loyal to Laguna Beach,” said John Canalis, who supervised Cindy as editor of Times Community News South. “She championed her staff, freelancers and columnists, and took great pride in serving as a community editor. Our entire staff is grieving…”
Surfer and environmentalist James Pribram, a former columnist for the Coastline Pilot, said that “Cindy was like a mother to all of us who wrote for the paper. [She] taught us as much about life as our writing.”
Frazier married longtime partner Sharon Gretsch at a ceremony in Connecticut a few years ago. Before joining the Coastline Pilot in 2005, she worked for LA westside community papers the Argonaut and Palisadian-Post as well as the Brentwood Media Group. RIP.
[Photo, used with permission: Don Leach/Coastline Pilot]