Legendary businessman and philanthropist Ed Lara dies – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel
Renowned businessman and philanthropist Ed Lara died recently at the age of 91. A well-known community leader and entrepreneur, Lara and his wife, Genevieve, owned and operated Westside Distributors in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years.
Their company was part of the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler network. By all accounts, Ed and “Gen” served with distinction and made numerous contributions to organizations throughout South Los Angeles until their retirement in 2000.
Ed Lara has often been hailed for his generous spirit and fundraising skills. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Day School in Compton has frequently benefited from his talents as well as other civic and community groups. In fact, his 80th birthday celebration doubled as a fundraiser for St. Timothy’s School.
According to a November 2010 Sentinel article, Lara pointed out that the most important attention that day was the children at St. Timothy’s Day School. He said, “Fundraising from this event would help the school continue its 48-year journey of providing a quality education right in the heart of Compton. Also, many alumni of the school went on to become doctors and lawyers while others achieved similar and esteemed professional careers.
More than 250 people attended the event, including elected officials such as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, business leaders such as Kenneth Bentley of Nestle USA Foundation, and business owners such as Deloria Jones of Djones Marketing Enterprises . Additionally, he received written and video tributes from President Barack Obama and retired Anheuser-Busch Western Region Director John T. Stevens, respectively.
Ed Lara’s celebration of life services was on hold at press time.