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Paddle out for local news icon Loren Nancarrow

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The above four pictures were taken at Loren Nancarrow's paddle out memorial Monday, December 30, 2013 at South Cardiff State Beach. The above four pictures were taken at Loren Nancarrow's paddle out memorial Monday, December 30, 2013 at South Cardiff State Beach.

CARDIFF (CBS 8/CNS) – San Diegans continued Monday night to mourn the passing of veteran news anchor, weathercaster and environmental reporter Loren Nancarrow.

Nancarrow died over the weekend after a short, but brave battle with brain cancer. Nancarrow was a fixture on the San Diego airwaves for more than three decades and spent many years at CBS 8.

A memorial paddle out and beach gathering to celebrate Nancarrow's life was held at South Cardiff State Beach Monday afternoon.

"We are here to celebrate his life rather than to be sad about what was," his daughter Hannah told CBS News 8. "We are celebrating what was, and how lucky we all are to have had him in our lives."

Nancarrow, 60, died early Saturday evening, surrounded by his family, following an 11-month battle with brain cancer, according to a family statement.

"It was amazing the way he dealt with it, with so much courage," said his friend and former co-anchor, Hal Clement, "and I would have expected nothing less from Loren."

Nancarrow's television career spanned more than 30 years and included stints as a weatherman, anchor and a reporter on CBS News 8, KGTV 10News, and most recently KSWB Fox 5.

The five-time Emmy winner was also known as a passionate conservationist, co-authoring four organic gardening books.

Nancarrow was diagnosed with stage three terminal brain cancer in February, and later retired from his anchor position at Fox 5. He called himself a "Brain Cancer Warrior" and authored a blog about his cancer journey.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, 25, Hannah, 24, and Britta, 20. On her father's blog Sunday, Hannah said her father was a human Pinterest board, with expertise in "citrus trees and roses and tomatoes, raising chickens and earthworms and monarch butterflies."

"He was proud to be San Diego's organic son," she wrote.

Monday's memorial paddle out and beach gathering was set to begin at 4 p.m. at Seaside Reef. Attendees were encouraged to bring a kayak, surfboard, towel or beach chair and a candle to light for Nancarrow.

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