John Carlos de Melo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He joined SIR128 in November, 2017. He took his last breath and left this world peacefully on September 12, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born to Leonardo de Melo and Sofia dos Santos in Sao Miguel, Azores on February 10, 1941. He served in the Portuguese Army between 1961 and 1966, facing combat in Angola. After a courtship that blossomed through love letters over an eight-year period prior to and during his military service, he married his teenage sweetheart, Donalda Maria in July 1966. They started their life together in the United States later that year, settling in San Francisco, CA.
He started his career as a coin-roller for Bank of America and progressed through the ranks to a Vice President and Branch Manager in a career spanning 35 years with Bank of America. After his "semi-retirement" in 2000, he engaged in various financial consulting roles for multiple companies including Bay Decking Company, Creative Wood Inc., and Universal Service Recycling Company.
John tirelessly volunteered with multiple charitable organizations including the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, San Leandro Lions Club, Luso American Education Foundation, and I.D.E.S of San Leandro. He derived great pleasure and purpose by giving back to the community.
He had a passion for reading and writing, honing his craft and published three books – "Simple Wonders", "Chasing the Dream" (also translated into Portuguese), and "I've Got Tickets to Heaven". He was an avid explorer and made the Northern Portugal/Southern Spain pilgrimage along the Camino Santiago four times between 2008 and 2015. His last Camino trip in Summer 2015 served as his capstone spiritual and magical achievement by completing the journey with his three sons.
John and his beloved wife Donalda greatly cherished their annual summertime trips back to their Azorean homeland of Sao Miguel to visit with friends and relatives, take in the island's natural beauty and culture, and reconnect with his Portuguese heritage. Family was everything to John and he was a supreme role model for his sons. He doted on his grandchildren, counting these blessings and their enduring legacy.
John will be remembered for his kind nature, dedicated work ethic, sense of humor, energetic spirit, creativity, and willingness to help out a friend or family member without reservation. Our family is enriched by our shared history and the memories he made.
He is survived by his wife Donalda, his children Carlos (Julianna), Victor (Carol), and Tony (Stephanie), and seven grandchildren: Sofia, Jackson, Isabella, Josefina, Francesca, Tessa, and Nicholas.
May 13, 1948 - Sept. 17, 2021
After a courageous and hard-fought battle with a rare and aggressive type of lymphoma, Sir Bruce Charles Mabardy peacefully passed away from treatment-related complications. Bruce joined SIR 128 in July 2018 and enjoyed reading, walking and wine tasting. Bruce was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area with the rest of his family in 1958, and he remained there for the rest of his life. A resident of Danville since 1989, Bruce worked as a probation officer for San Mateo County for more than 30 years. He was an upstanding human being: a loving and faithful husband, exemplary father, devoted son, gentle brother, and a role model for all who knew him. Bruce enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, especially Italy, and as a result, he developed a taste for the finer things in life including designer suits, ties, and shoes; gourmet food; premium wines; and luxury cars. Spending time with family and friends was his favorite hobby and top priority. He will be remembered for his supreme level of integrity, honesty, loyalty, quick-witted and goofy sense of humor, refined and sophisticated style and personality, and his toughness and resilience. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Maria; sons Daniel (Katie) and Michael (Lisa); grandsons Brandon and Benny; his brother, Russell and nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. Rest in peace, Bruce. Donations can be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.
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1944 - 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Doug Vieira share that he passed on April 15, 2021, at the age of 76. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Josephine Vieira. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Renae Vieira, his daughter Kristi Finnegan (John), his son Scott Vieira (Susan), and beloved grandchildren Harrison and Maisie. He will be forever remembered in our hearts as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a trustworthy brother and friend.
Doug was born in Antioch, graduated from Pittsburg High, and has lived with his family in San Ramon for over 50 years. He was very active within St. Raymond's Church and the Knights of Columbus. Doug was also a member of the Band of Brothers and SIR branch 128. In SIR,which Doug joined in 2014, he participated in a number of activities including Dine-Out, Friday Black Bear Breakfast, Movies, and Bocce. He will be missed.
Doug loved baseball, sporting events, enjoyed gardening and everything to do with cars. Above all else, his greatest joy was spending time with his family and many friends. Doug's presence in our lives will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to the Service on Thursday, May 6th; Rosary at 9:30am and Funeral Mass at 10am, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin, CA 94568. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Raymond's Church or Knights of Columbus, Fr. John C. Murphy Council 7987 (same address as church).
Jim was born on February 2, 1927 in Los Angeles but grew up in Oakland. He attended St. Cyril’s and St. Joseph’s and then Castlemont High School. His father, Art, was from Denver and worked at the Moore’s Ship Yard during WWII and later had his own upholstery shop. His mother, Susanna Dorothy, was from Alberta, Canada. She was ¼ Black foot Indian and also worked in the ship yards during the War. When WWII came along Jim joined the Navy and received a fleet appointment to the Annapolis Prep. School in Williamsburg, Virginia. After the War he attended the University of California.
Jim was married twice before marring his present wife, Judy. He met Judy when he delivered the badge of her husband, Roy, a Lieutenant in the Oakland Fire Department who died on the job. Jim and Judy have been married well over 30+ years.
Jim has had a long standing interest in body building and at 19 he operated his first gym in Oakland called, Martin’s Health Studio. At 20 years of age he opened his 2nd gym in Hayward. He also entered the Oakland Fire Department at 21 and retired 30 years later as 1st Assistant Chief. That was in 1979. During his time with the Fire Department he picked up the nickname of “Senator” because of his glib tongue.
Jim has several adult children: Randy, who owns a business selling homeopathic medicine. He and his wife own and operate a 1000 bed natural birth hospital in Monterey, Mexico. Another son, Scott, was deceased on Sept. 11th 2009 at the age of 38. Cindy has worked for American President Lines for 24 years and lives in San Leandro. Jim
1922 - 2020
Barry served in the US Coast Guard from 1957-1959. His early career was in design engineering, followed by medical facilities management, working for Stanford Medical Center, U.C Irvine Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.
In retirement he taught About Boating Safely Classes and Navigation courses for the USCG Auxiliary as a member of Flotilla #57 (Martinez, CA.) and Flotilla #91 (San Ramon, CA.) He was a member of the San Ramon SIRs participating I the STEM Technology program and the Black Bear Diner Breakfasts. He also attended the Early Timers functions at St.Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon, CA.
Following a stroke in 2016, Barry continued his hobbies of gardening (particularly re-arranging the sprinklers), organizing the garage (prompted by the family) and caring for his companion cat (Sebastian), He is survived by wife Pat, daughter Cari (partner Caroline Fitzgerald) and son Christopher (wife Amy Elsen) and his beloved grandchildren: Emma, Lauren and Jack.
A private burial was held in January and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley on Friday, August 30th, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, Dick asked that donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
John passed quietly at his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his children, Steve, David, Laura Archer; 4 grand children, Travis, Dylan, Brian and David; brother, Jim Archer and sister, Kay Archer Erb; nieces Kristine Archer Gow and Tamara Erb McCauley. He was preceded in death by grandson Davis Jurado. John was a wonderful father and grandfather. He was always there for all the sporting events, and coached the baseball and basketball teams.
Born in Lansing, Michigan. John (Wonderboy) attended JW Sexton HS, Class of 1956, where he played on the football team and was a member of the National Honor Society. He spent time at the Lansing YMCA and was on the championship basketball team. He went to Michigan State University and earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and continued on to earn a Masters degree in Business Administration. He then spent the summer in Europe riding his motorcycle with his life long friend Doug Brown. When he returned from Europe he moved to Southern California where he married JoAnne. Seven years later the family moved to Northern California. He later started his own company the Sierra Technology Group Inc. He enjoyed sailing his boat and driving his Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. His love for hiking started with trips to Lair of the Bear with family.
After his first marriage, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Larsen and they remained married until her passing. They loved going back to Michigan during the summer and spending time at the lake cottage with family.
When he bought his home in Dublin John saw the potential for his property, and planted over 300 grapevines of Cabernet Franc. He bottled Cabernet Franc wine under the Archer vineyard label. He won best overall red wine one year at the Alameda County fair.
He was a avid reader and enjoyed discussing the books with the book club. After leading local hikes, he decided to challenge himself with hikes to Mt Whitney, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and Annapurna. He traveled all over the world seeking adventures, and enjoying meeting people and experiencing their culture. One of his recent trips was a favorite to Havasu Falls.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the cards. The cards were read to John before he passed. It meant so much to him that there were so many caring friends that he made a positive impact on. His foundation will support the Lansing YMCA, Lansing Boys and Girls club and Doctors Without Borders.
He was born March 10, 1935 in Paterson, New Jersey. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the army medical core who established and trained MASH units in India and Korea. Being an "army brat" he attended many high schools, the last move for the family being the Presidio in San Francisco where he convinced the Base Commander into providing him a building to organize a Boy Scout Troop and Teen Club.
He graduated with a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Public Health Engineering in 1958, a Master of Science degree in Food Science in 1971 and a PhD in Ecology from U.C. Davis in 1973. He designed his own PhD by consolidating four different majors, requiring some serious convincing of each professor in those majors, for a well-rounded look on environmental problems. He later taught an environmental class at U.C. Davis on the practical applications of waste management by leading students on tours to local food processing plants and waste systems. He was a very early adopter of managing waste; always with an eye towards leaving our environment in a better place.
While living in Danville, Bill met the love of his life, Jeanne, and married her in 1974, settling in Danville where both had been living since 1964. Their four offspring attended San Ramon Valley High School. He enjoyed being a boy's youth soccer coach for three years. Never having played soccer, he studied a book on soccer while away on a business trip and once took the team to a runner up of the division. He loved mentoring the young boys in the neighborhood always enjoying their pranks and laughter.
In 1963 he started the William Ryan Co in Danville focusing on system process designs, installations, maintenance and equipment sales. The company proudly continues as Ryan Process in Benicia.
While well accomplished, Bill took himself lightly and enjoyed many creative outlets. In the Spring of each year he was known for crafting a humorous letter about the events of the Ryan's past year. He created birthday cards with a personal poem for the recipient which will be remembered dearly by those who received them. His musical talents were many and varied which is especially impressive given the loss of hearing in one ear at a very early age. The harmonica birthday rendition he played is a cherished family memory.
In the mid 70's he became involved with the alcohol and drug abuse of teens and started a local chapter of Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA). He was a member of the Danville Rotary. He also organized CERTS for his neighborhood ensuring others were well prepared for the "big shake."
Bill was a ten-year Natural Science Docent with his wife, Jeanne, at the Oakland Museum of CA, leading tours with colorful storytelling and imagination that captivated the attention of the children and adults alike. Bill and Jeanne were OMCA Art Guild Presidents for two years enjoying the activities and fundraising for the Museum.
Bill and Jeanne enjoyed traveling throughout the world with the Art Guild, their many friends, children and grandchildren. Bill loved to learn the language of many of the countries being toured learning seven languages. They also enjoyed traveling on their power-boat to places from Mexico to Alaska.
Bill is survived by his wife Jeanne, sons Robert and James, step-children, Michael and Shelley Brooding, grandchildren, Jim, Delani, Dalton, Kayla, and Grace Ryan, Jaimie and Joey Brooding, Alexander and Andrew Askins, and three great granddaughters, sister Virginia Kersey, nephew Kelly Kersey, wife Susan, niece Cindy Ceccarelli, and husband Mike. He was loved and will be forever missed by family.
Bill was a true believer in conservation, respecting our planet and its natural beauty for future generations. In lieu of flowers if you wish to contribute please consider Save Mt. Diablo, The Ruth Bancroft Garden or a charity of your choice.
Born in San Francisco, he attended St. Anne's School and Sacred Heart High School. After a brief stint in the Christian Brothers he returned to SF and continued his journey of life-long learning, attending SF City College, San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University and Nova Southeastern earning a Doctorate in Education.
While working in retail at City of Paris in San Francisco, he met Eileen and they were married in 1964. His career included several management positions at Breuner's Furniture and Division Manager of Breuner's Southern California Rental Division. During those years he continued his schooling while raising four children and being active in the community.
After moving to San Ramon, Ron began his teaching career at Contra Costa Community College where he was instrumental in the development of a strong Business Department. He also served as Department Chair and Division Dean. He loved working with the Middle College High School at Contra Costa, encouraging and mentoring young students to go on to four year colleges and university.
After 21 years, Ron retired from teaching and embarked on a third career as Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Contra Costa Council. With the assistance of many others he collaborated with other charities and expanded the Pittsburg offices to include a Loaves and Fishes dining room, a Rotocare free clinic and the Winter Oasis project.
Ron was a loyal parishioner of St. Joan of Arc, a member of the St. Joan of Arc Conference and president of Hope Conference of St. Vincent de Paul . He was also an active member of SIRS 128 over the past 16 years.
He will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Eileen, his children , Ronald "Wes" Weston Jr., Paula Penninella, Sean Weston and Michael Weston, his wonderful daughters-in-law, Anna Weston, Elaine Weston and Gretchen Zeagler-Weston, and his "favorite" son –in-law Giancarlo Penninella. He loved his grandchildren, Jocelyn Foster, Shannon and Nicholas Weston, Marlena Penninella, Piper Weston, Gabriel Penninella and Abigail Weston. Predeceased by his brothers Larry and Dennis, he leaves his sister, Patricia Ann Contreras, brother Timothy Weston and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11 am at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, San Damiano Retreat House, or Holy Names University.
Bruce is survived by his 4 children and their spouses, Michael Saltzman (Linda) of Aurora IL, Marcy McKenzie (Mike) of Plymouth MN, Lori Splitt (Bill) of Johnsburg IL and Stacey Marchuk (David) of San Ramon; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Bruce was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 15, 1936 to David Saltzman and Bertha Saltzman (Eisenberg). He married Helaine "Honey" J. Saltzman (Lipman) on July 22, 1956. Bruce served in the Navy from 1955 to 1958 and later graduated with a BSEE from Christian Brothers College in Memphis in 1963. Bruce worked for Dupont and Crouse Hinds until he retired in 1998. Since retirement, Bruce has been active in the San Ramon and Contra Costa area.
Bruce had fond memories of his volunteer time with Sons in Retirement (SIRS) and the San Ramon Police Department. He enjoyed going to meetings with his many friends in the Ben Franklin Electric Club, loved to socialize with neighbors in Canyon Crest and all his racquetball and water aerobics friends at 24 Hour Fitness.
Friends and Family are invited to a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton on Sunday, December 2 at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice or FisherHouse.org.
Bob was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1958. He was in the United States Naval Reserve from 1959 to 1965. He served two years active duty in the Far East on the USS Topeka, a Missile Cruiser. He graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield , Iowa in 1965 with a BA in Business Administration. He remained at the college for three years following his graduation to work as an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Dean. In 1968 he moved to California and joined Wells Fargo Bank as a Management Trainee. He worked in banking until 1976. At the time of his departure from banking he was an Assistant Branch Manager at Chartered Bank of London. In 1977 he began a career in equipment leasing. He remained in leasing until 1990. During that time he developed, directed sales and marketing, of a national financing program for Burger King Corporation franchisees. In 1990 he left leasing to become a Burger King franchisee himself. He owned Burger King restaurants in the Bay Area as well as New Mexico until 2014.
In 1974 he married Ann Davies. They have two daughters, Allison Fletcher and Jennifer Fletcher. They were married for 44 years.
Bob has always been involved in his community. As a young man he was a member of the Active 20-30 of San Francisco Club. Upon moving to Danville he joined St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and served on its Vestry. He served two Vestry terms at Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona where he and Ann spent part of each year.
Additionally, was a Founding Director of Valley Community Bank in Pleasanton. He was a founder of Mt. Diablo National Bank in Danville. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Ramon Valley YMCA. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Ramon Valley Girls Softball League. He was elected to the San Ramon Valley Girls Softball League Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Baseball Foundation. He was a member of the Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary Club. He was a member of Sir’s Chapter 128.
One of Bob’s great passions was baseball. He was a season ticket holder for the S.F. Giant’s and the Oakland A’s. One of his wishes before he died was to see the Giant’s win a World Series. He got to see them win three! His love of baseball was carried over to softball where he coached for 10 years.
His greatest passion was his family and friends. He loved his daughters unconditionally and supported their every endeavor. He was proud of them beyond words. He will be remembered as a generous, warm, loving and loyal friend. He barely knew a stranger. His glass was always, always half full.
He is survived by his wife, Ann and daughter Allison as well as his sister Ann Griffin and his niece Jill Talvensaari (husband Michael) and their two children Annika and David. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Jenny and his sister Laura Fletcher.
Dick will also be remembered for his service as a longtime volunteer to Catholic causes. He was recognized earlier this year by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County.. They recognized Dick with a Top Hat Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed on St. Vincent de Paul's members/volunteers, known as Vincentians.
He was also recognized as a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul leadership team, and was one of the first mentors in the Workforce Development Program. Dick volunteered at the SVdP/Loaves & Fishes Free Dining Room, for many years.
His expertise was instrumental to the development and growth of St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores. His knowledge of the retail sales and commercial property environments led to his identification of the site for the new SVdP Brentwood Help and Hope Thrift Store, which opened in February, 2018.
He has served on the SVdP board as secretary, and served in a leadership role on the SVdP Thrift Stores committee for many years.
He was recognized for his work on behalf of the St. Joan of Arc-San Ramon conference, the District Council and St. Vincent de Paul's Workforce Development and Thrift Store programs. Friends and family gathered to celebrate his accomplishments on April 5, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc and share stories of how he transformed lives with his service and dedication.
He was born in Tarentum, PA. in 1925. Both of his parents died at an early age. Along with his 8 siblings, he survived the Great Depression during the 1930's. Years later, Frank moved to Los Angeles, CA. When WWII arrived in 1944, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. The war ended before he finished his training.
Under the GI Bill, Frank was then able to go to college in 1946. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in electrical engineering. Being an extremely intelligent man, he graduated top in his class! After college, he was employed by Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Frank met the love of his life, Jackie, on a blind date. Seven months later, in 1952, they were married and lived in Albuquerque. Frank was transferred in 1956, so he took his bride and toddler, Ginger, to Danville, CA. 3 more children came along, Kathy, Donna, & Paul, to complete the family of six.
Throughout his life, Frank devoted himself to Jesus and his family. He volunteered as a deacon at their church, and served on a medical mission in Mexico. Frank worked hard to support his family and spent time teaching his kids to ski and enjoy travel. He shared that his family was "the biggest blessing of my life." When asked what would be the first thing he'd say upon seeing Jesus, Frank said he would tell Jesus that he loved him. Most assuredly, Jesus has heard those words and welcomed Frank into the most glorious life possible; an eternity of joy & completeness in the presence of Jesus. Frank is survived by his four children (and their spouses) & seven grand-kids.
Chuck, a Danville resident, was a loving father and devoted husband to his wife, Avis for sixty years. Bowling, golf and football games filled most of his time. Chuck is survived by his wife, Avis and children, Jeanne, Francine, Chuck and Alane and grandchildren, Kyle, Chase, Shane, Kelsey and Drew.
Born George Frederick Dietz, Fred was a man of many skills, talents, and varied interests. He had an amazing intellect, intense curiosity about all things, wicked wit, mischievous twinkle in his eye, and unerring sense of style. He was an avid golfer with "the sweetest swing you ever saw;" fearless white-water kayaker on the rapids of West Virginia with dear friend, Dr. Norm Wright; intense duplicate bridge player; lover of good jazz, theater, films, concerts; and voracious reader, among his favorites, The New Yorker and all things E.B. White. He loved the light of San Francisco, and with Estelle, visits to New York City during the holidays, and cruising to all ports of call.
Trained as a mechanical engineer at The Pennsylvania State University, Fred became the consummate problem solver, innovator, go-to-guy, and manager in manufacturing-engineering environments at General Electric, US Steel, Master-Halco, and Barry & Company Consultants.
Fred also had degrees from General Electric's Professional Business Management Program, where he also served as guest lecturer. He had done graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, and was certified in Professional Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). After retiring from GE, Fred consulted with clients such as Phelps Dodge, Northrup Aircraft, Southern Pacific Railroad, Xerox, Price-Pfister, and Cherokee Fashions.
Community involvement included: Chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners; Senior Church Warden; scouting leader; President of a community little theater; and PTA president, among others. He also served on the board of directors of local Chapter 128 of SIRS where he also edited their monthly newsletter and played bridge twice weekly. During his twelve years in Rossmoor, a retirement community in Walnut Creek, CA, Fred was active in the Men's Golf Club, serving on their board, and in the duplicate bridge club.
Fred was born and raised in Lock Haven, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, Florence Groff Dietz and George Frederick Dietz, and his brother, James P. Dietz. He is survived by his wife, Estelle Andrews; brother, Roger L. Dietz (Rosalie); children, John, George (Amy), Barb, and Margie; grandchildren, Muriel (Nate), Gretchen, Josh (Becky), Julia (Tom), and Burke; great grandson, Jack; and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life Services will be held for Fred in State College, PA, and Walnut Creek (Rossmoor), CA later in the year.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations in Larry's name to: Hanna Boys Center PO Box 100 Sonoma, CA 95476 www.hannacenter.org
Feb. 26, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2015
Resident of Oakland, CA
Raymond Whitener passed away on January 30th with family by his side.
The son of Fred and Hazel Whitener, and brother to Carole Whitener, Ray was born on Feb. 26, 1932 in Oakland, CA. He went to school in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High. He married Jacquelyn Whitener in 1951 and had three children, Michael, Stephen and Susan. In 1984 Ray and Jackie's paths parted and he met and remained with his love Muriel Perkins for the next 25 years, whom he married on June 14, 2013.
Ray became a firefighter in the Oakland Fire Dept. 1953 as a Hoseman, and through the years worked his way to Battalion Chief. Overall he proudly fought fires in Oakland for 29 years. The Oakland Fire Dept. was his true passion and the friends he gained through those times were forever lasting.
Outside of the Fire Dept. he was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, golf and travel, in addition to spending time with his wife, family, and many friends. He was loving, kind and generous and had a passion to live life to the fullest. He was unstoppable all the way to the end.
He is survived by his wife Muriel, his son Mike (Pam), daughter Susan (Frank), six grandchildren Matt, Kim, Jenney, Laurel, Melissa and Jake, 3 great grandchildren, Katie, James and Henry, 2 stepsons Ken and David, and two step grandchildren Kelly and Danny, as well as his sister Carole and her family.
He served in the USMC. He was an avid tennis player in his younger years and became equally avid about playing bridge with SIR members and other local groups. His biggest passion was singing. He sang all his life in this local area and is best known for his affiliation and performances with the Diablo College Masterworks Chorale and the Oakland Symphony Chorus. He was very accomplished and accustomed to performing in front of the public.
He really enjoyed being a part of SIR and was a regular at the luncheons. He and his wife, Barbara, traveled extensively, both locally and abroad.
According to his wife, he had a very good life.
Predeceased by his parents, Carmen and John Alaniz. He is survived by his wife Dreana, children John Alaniz (Gina), Joey Alaniz (Yugala) and Kim Robinson; grandchildren Johnny, Emilio, Gabriel, Izabella Alaniz and Isys and Nayla Robinson; sister Virginia Lovette and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mike Blackford passed away in Magdeburg, Germany while traveling with his wife in Europe, trying to meet their goal of visiting every country in the world. His death, due to pancreatic cancer, was unexpected and occurred while pursuing his favorite pastime, traveling to exotic places and meeting interesting people. Mike was dearly loved by his family and passed away surrounded by as many as could be there under difficult circumstances.
Mike was born in South Bend, Indiana. His family relocated to San Francisco when he was young. He attended Riordan High School and Cal, receiving a degree in Geophysics. Mike moved his family around the country to many states including, California, Alaska, New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii. He worked for various government agencies as a Seismologist and Tsunami expert. He was renowned in his field and traveled around the world from Russia to Indonesia and beyond, attending conferences, continuously learning and staying up to date in his field of work, even after retirement.
Mike's love of travel began with camping trips all over California and Nevada. If there was an unpaved road, Mike found it, accompanied by his wife and children, anyone else he could talk into going, and always faithful traveling companions, Bev and Walt Sykes.
Mike volunteered extensively after retirement. He worked with young people at locations all over the Bay Area, sharing his love of science and the environment. He could, and did, go on for hours on the wonders of the Foucault Pendulum. With his white beard, he was recruited to play Santa at Forest Home Farms for several years. He also enjoyed his service to various Catholic churches, including St Joan of Arc in San Ramon, the city where he lived with his wife, close to the homes of his daughters. He helped his children with many duties including pet sitting, driving the float in the Homecoming parade, and just being there when they needed him. He was forever a Cal fan, a Cal Band member until the end. He attended almost every football and basketball game, cheering on his teams, in good times and bad. Go Bears!
Mike is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his children, Tavie Knapp (Steve), Dana Chavarria (Stan), Jenny Jensen (Dave), Tim Blackford (Juliet) and Cameron Blackford (Evelyn), 9 grandchildren, Sinjin and Hunter Knapp, Kimberly, Cody and Casey Chavarria, Jamie and Haley Jensen and Katie and Jonathan Blackford. He is also survived by his older brother, Patrick Blackford of Santa Clara, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mike loved genealogy and traveled extensively to research branches of his extended family. He has friends and relatives all over the world with whom he kept in contact and treasured. He will be missed by many, especially his closest group of friends dating from the Cal days, fondly known as the Piñata People (you know who you are, thank you for being such a big part of Mike's life). Mike had been a SIR member for 2 years.
He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He was a Regional Marketing Manager for Buick Motor Division of GM for 30 years retiring in 1994. Thomas was a member of SIRS Branch 128 in San Ramon and was an avid sports fan especially of the 49's and the A's. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Jonny joined SIR 128 on 10/17/2012 but because of his rapidly progressing illness was placed on inactive status in February of this year.
His daughter Karen sent several notes that she wished to share with our branch members:
"I'm trying to reach out to all my Dad's friends to let them know of his passing. Please share with others who knew and loved him. He was a fantastic Dad, and I also know how important his friends were to him, and how much effort he put into making a difference to others, living life to the fullest and nurturing his friendships. There are a lot of us who will miss him very much. I hope he knew that the love he felt for others was reflected back to him. I think he did.
A tribute page has been set up to share some photos of Rocky and the many comments submitted by his golfing buddies.
Len began his "second life" with courage and determination when he was the 100th heart transplant recipient at California Pacific Medical Center on September 29, 1989. He also had two kidney transplants at CPMC. Even with these medical challenges, Len lived a full and happy life, enjoying graduations, weddings and the birth of his grandchildren. Len and Pat took many cruises with friends and family including Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe and the Panama Canal. He enjoyed having his family gathered together, whether it was for dinners, working around the house or watching his grandchildren playing sports or participating in school activities.
Len participated in several Transplant Games in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City and enjoyed bridge, bowling, golf and travel. He was a member of SIRS 128 in San Ramon where enjoyed many activities with his fellow SIRs. Len joined SIR 128 in September, 1994 and was approaching his 20th year with our branch. He was given a 15 year member award in 2009. He also received an Outstanding Service award that same year. Len also enjoyed driving his red Corvette.
Len is survived by his loving wife of almost 52 years, Patricia, his children and their spouses, Al and Christine Course of Clayton, Karen and Taylor Murphy of San Ramon and Bill and Leigh Ann Course of San Ramon. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren, Ryan, Joe, James, Darren and Kate.
Survivors include his wife, Hue Parker; four sons, Steve Parker of Fayetteville, Nguyen Doan (Morgan), Dai Doan and Khai Doan (Corina) of Danville; one daughter, Cheryl Self (Kevin) of Muscle Shoals; four grandchildren; one brother, Ray Parker (Faye) of Hatton and three sisters, Sue Rutherford (Charles) and Juanita Massey (Alvah), both of Hatton and Jane Smith (Larry T.) of Mt. Hope.
Everyone that ever met Jerry considered him a personal friend. All of his friends will remember and miss him.
1935 - 2014
Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara, and his children, Greg (Debbie) and Dana (Shera). He leaves his two grandsons, Cameron and Shree.
Don joined our branch on 5/21/1997 and was our Big SIR for the year in 2000. He received the Outstanding Sponsor Award in 2005. He became inactive due to illness in April 2011. He will be missed by all his many friends and family.
1930 - 2014
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty, his Daughter Sheila Bakker (Randy), his son Kevin (Crystal), and his 5 grandchildren.
1937 - 2013
After high school, he attended Stanford University for two years. Then, Chuck left Stanford to fulfill his two year commitment to the army. After completing his tour of duty with the Army he returned to San Diego where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University. After college, he joined the firm Touche Ross & Co., where he worked for the next 13 years as a manager. After he left Touche Ross, Chuck secured a position as Chief Auditor of World Savings and Loan. During that time, he integrated his passion for computers into his role at World Savings, developing computer security measures. He retired in 2007 as a Group Senior Vice President.
Chuck met his wife, Margaret, while working at the Union Bank in Los Angeles and he said, “it was love at first sight”. They were married for over 33 years and they had one daughter together. His wife had two daughters by a previous marriage. Chuck was also survived by 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
While with SIRs, Chuck was a member of the computer club. His other interests were reading and walking. He will be missed by his friends and family.
The area at that time was quite rural with a small town environment and Herb attended elementary and high school there and played drums in the high school band. After completing high school in 1949 he enrolled at Humboldt State College where he studied business. However, between his sophomore and junior years he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he received his basic training at Ft. Ord before being assigned to the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama doing personnel work. After completing his military commitment he returned to college on the GI Bill and received his Bachelor degree. He was immediately offered a job working with the IRS and remained with the IRS for his entire 30 career rising, very shortly, to the level of management with that government agency. Most of his 30 years were spent working all around the San Francisco Bay area until his retirement from the San Jose office. During the interim he did get a chance to travel around the country working with the IRS grievance division.
He married his wife Carol during his senior year in college and they had 4 children---1 girl and 4 boys. They lived in the same house in San Ramon for over 40 years. Herb loved to read about history and both he and his wife traveled to Europe several times. He was particularly interested in the Ottoman Empire and how Kemal Ataturk was able to deal with the historical Moslem country of Turkey and bring it into the modern age.
Herb will be missed by his family and friends in SIR128.
1943 - 2012
Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne, two sons and their wives and one grandson Nicholas. He also leaves a sister, Christine, and two brothers, James and Dennis
Bill was an active sportsman and had completed 14 marathons. He also competed in triathlons and road bicycle races. He was especially proud of finishing the prestigious RAGBRAI tour across Iowa in 2011.
Bill will be missed by his family, many friends and Branch 128 who will miss his spirit and great promise.
1936 - 2012
Terry met his wife of 55 years, Shirley, in High School and they were married in 1956. They lived for six years in Oakland before moving to San Leandro where they started their family. They subsequently moved to San Ramon in 1975 where Terry was active in Little League baseball and soccer activities. He was also involved with the El Cerrito Lions Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Terry is survived by his wife, Shirley, two sons, Mark and Scott and their wives, three grandchildren and numerous other family members. Terry and Shirley enjoyed their family, cruises and traveling around the country. Terry also enjoyed reading, fishing, computers and was an active golfer. He will be missed by all his many friends and family.