Thomas Gifford, 47, died April 20, 2009, following a sudden and brief illness. Gifford was director of purchasing for Classic Party Rentals, Los Angeles. He previously had worked for Regal Rents and Abbey Event Services. He is survived by two sons, his former wife and 11 brothers and sisters. In lieu of flowers, contact the family at 8788 Moorcroft Ave, West Hills, CA 91304, or make a donation to the Surfrider Foundation, www.surfrider.org/support.asp, or PO Box 6010, San Clemente, CA 92674.