Rememberance for James P. Biddle.
September 14 2016
Ex-councilman's death investigated
| || ||QUARTZ HILL - Los Angeles County Coroner officials are investigating the death of former Quartz Hill Town Council member James P. Biddle.|
Biddle, 66, was found dead Sept. 1 on his bed in his apartment at the Mayflower Gardens retirement complex, a handgun by his left side and an unsigned note complaining of deteriorating health and saying he was "tired of being broken," according to coroner records.
Coroner officials, however, have not determined the cause of death and are awaiting results of additional toxicology tests, Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Tuesday. Biddle's body was decomposed but it was not known how long he was dead, Winter said.
Biddle's body was found Sept. 1 by Mayflower Gardens maintenance workers, who went to check on him after a friend reported that he hadn't heard from Biddle for several days and that he didn't answer knocks on his door.
The workers removed an air-conditioning unit from the apartment's kitchen window, climbed in and found him dead on his bed, Winter said.
A gathering in memory of Biddle is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Quartz Hill Town Center, 42043 50th St. West, which was created to house the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce, a Town Council office and other agencies while Biddle was on the council.
"To pay homage to Jimmy, it would be really cool to do it at the town center," said Ed Frommer, a former councilman who served with Biddle.
The gathering will be low key, Frommer said. People can bring potluck dishes to share, he said. For details, call Frommer at (661) 675-5051.
Biddle had served as president as well as a member of the Town Council, Frommer said.
Biddle, who was retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District, came to the Antelope Valley in 1988 and to Quartz Hill in 1996. He was elected to his first term on the Town Council in 2000, when he was president of Quartz Hill Mobile Home Park Tenants Association. He was a member of the council when it went on hiatus in 2015.
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