Longtime Playa del Rey resident Edward “Fast Eddie” Orlich passed away Friday, April 20th. He was 65.
Given the nickname “Fast Eddie” after Paul Newmanís legendary character in The Hustler, Orlich was quite a legend in his own right, friends said.
He lived near the beach in Playa del Rey for over 40 years.
Born on July 30th, 1941 in California, Orlich was raised in Paris, spoke French fluently and traveled the world.
His father served in World War II while Orlich battled and defeated polio, scarlet fever and measles as a young child.
Orlich served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later sold pillows door-to-door across the country, until he ended up owning a nightclub in New Orleans in the 1950s.
Shortly thereafter, he came home to California, settled at the beach in Playa del Rey and founded Catalina Carpets, considered a local mainstay for many years.
According to friends, it is said that Orlich is the person who coined the phrase “The Jungle,” referring to an area of Playa del Rey, where he lived at his beachfront home until the day he died.
Orlich is survived by his two sons Alan and Chad, his mother Eva, brother Rodger and sister Vickie.
His sons plan to honor him by hosting a “celebration of life” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28th, on the beach in Playa del Rey, at 6987 Trolley Way.
Food and drinks will be hosted by the family but guests are encouraged to bring what they wish.