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We are sad to read in Facebook what Sharon Cox wrote on December 29, 2013...
"My Dad went to be with the Lord at 2:20 today. Such a wonderful Father, husband to Mom, Grandfather, educator, mentor and servant to so many. Thank you for all the prayers and support."
Services will be at 11am on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Burbank First United Methodist Church.
1965 BHS Ceralbus
2008 - BHS Centennial
Photo by Linda Mustion
2011 at Pete Peterson's memorial - Ham & Jim Lloyd - 22 mos. apart
Photo by Alan Landros
1966 BHS Ceralbus
1967 BHS Ceralbus
AND WHILE FOOTBALL COACH...
1955 - Burbank 20, Burroughs 14. On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.
1962 - Burbank 34, Burroughs 0. Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 "Big Game" record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.
FROM BURBANK LEADER ARTICLE NOV 12, 2003...
HAM LLOYD (Burbank coach)
Making his debut as Bulldogs' coach in 1955, Steve Searock and Bill Reed helped give Lloyd his first win in the Big Game, a 20-14 victory. He coached Burbank until 1966, and was also the school's vice principal.
"What I remember most about the annual game between Burbank and Burroughs was the excitement it used to generate," Lloyd said.
"Burbank wasn't that big of a city back then, and the downtown was nothing like it is now. But the game was so big back in the [1950s], that most of the stores in downtown would close down because so many people were at the game.
"We had some pretty good games back then. It was always a good, spirited rivalry between the two teams."
FROM FACEBOOK CLASS '64...
We are vey sorry to share with you that our "Beloved Coach" and Teacher, Ham Lloyd passed away yesterday (Dec. 30, 2013) at his home in Burbank, CA...Ham Lloyd was so much a part of most ALL of our memories of Burbank High School. He was loved by endless numbers of BHS students over so many years and generations. Besides serving a Head Football Coach and Teacher, Mr. Lloyd also was a Counselor and Vice Principal during his years at Burbank High. He was an integral part of his community, church and of course, so loved by his family and friends.
Coach Lloyd served in the U.S. Army 143rd Regiment, 36th Infantry Division during WWII. He served in Italy, France, Germany and Austria and was awarded the Bronze Star For Valor.
BHS Class of 1962, honored Coach Lloyd with a beautiful plaque, when he and his wife Jane, were "guests of honor" at the Class of '62's 50th Reunion, in 2012. Coach Lloyd will be inducted into the Burbank High School "Hall of Fame" in the Fall of 2014.
Memorial Services will be held for Ham Lloyd on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00AM at Burbank First United Methodist Church on Glenoaks Bl.
The picture below is of Carole Collins BHS '63 and Coach Lloyd, when they attended one of the monthly Senior Bulldog Luncheons a few years ago. Thank you, Coach Lloyd for the love and guidance you gave to all of us BHS Alums, for so many years...You will truly be missed. God Bless You.
JANUARY 1, 2014 UPDATE
Note and photo from Connie Barron Trimble
"Hi Cathy, Thanks for the great picture of Ham Lloyd! I had to look twice as I only have known him through church and in the last 15 years. So great to read all the comments about the lives he touched. I'm attaching a picture I took of him on March 10th of 2013, his last birthday. I loved his smile and genuine interest in everyone."
JANUARY 3, 2014 UPDATE
Obituary in Burbank Leader
Former BUSD coach dies
Educator Ham Lloyd, mentor to students and fellow teachers, was 89.
By Kelly Corrigan, email@example.com
January 3, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.
Former Burbank Unified educator, administrator and coach Benjamin Hamilton Lloyd, known as “Ham” to generations of Burbank students and locals, passed away Dec. 30 from congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 89.
Lloyd was born on March 10, 1924, in Ohio. Beginning in 1942, Lloyd spent three years fighting in the Army during World War II. He fought in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and helped liberate prisoners in concentration camps in Belgium, Austria and Germany, his daughter, Sharon Cox said.
His efforts and involvement in battles during WW II earned him a Bronze Star for heroism.
Upon returning from the war, he enrolled at the University of Redlands, where he met his wife, Jane Lloyd, on a blind date.
“That blind date turned out to be a miracle.” Jane Lloyd recalled this week. “He just kept staring at me. He had these most gorgeous blue eyes,” she added.
Their date was also the beginning of what would become their 63-year marriage.
“He was always fun,” Jane Lloyd said. “A real true love.”
The Lloyds had two children, Sharon and Steven, and Ham Lloyd loved to dedicate his time to his family, his daughter said. He once packed up the family in a Volkswagen Pop-Top van for a six-week cross-country road trip.
While working for Burbank Unified, Ham Lloyd coached football at Burbank High for eight years, from 1955 through 1963.
Burbank Unified School Board President Dave Kemp, who once coached football at Burbank High, remembered Ham Lloyd as being “a really good” man.
“I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to know him and spend a lot of time with him,” he added. “Ham was a good mentor to all of us.”
Kemp also recalled one night in the fall of 1956 when he was coaching football for Glendale’s Hoover High and his team lost to Ham Lloyd’s Burbank Bulldogs, 45-0.
“They beat the daylights out of us,” Kemp said.
Ham Lloyd later became assistant principal at Burbank High, a post he would hold for 17 years, largely managing students’ extracurricular activities. Before retiring in 1985, Ham Lloyd served as principal of Monterey High, Burbank Unified’s continuation school.
“There’s so many people that he influenced and mentored,” Cox recalled. “He really had a servant’s heart.”
For 50 years, Ham Lloyd was active in Burbank Noon Kiwanis. He was also involved with the Burbank First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir.
Ham Lloyd is survived by his two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His three siblings — Kathleen Freeland and James and John Lloyd — also survive him.
A service for Ham Lloyd will be held at 11 a.m. next Saturday at Burbank First United Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burbank First United Methodist Church.
JANUARY 6, 2014 UPDATE from Linda Lee, BHS '59
Standing: Bill Hart, Linda Durkee Johnson and Eric Werner class of '59
Sitting: Ham and Jane Lloyd
We spent a good hour after the service talking about the good 'ol days at BHS. That following June, I moved back to Lake Arrowhead and now wished I had one more chance to give him a hug. I do not believe Ham and Jane ever missed on of our reunions. He often said we, the class of '59 , were one of his favorite classes. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.....