In Memoriam

2018

 
   

Tom Gorman

Sir Tom Gorman 1928 - June 3, 2018. Tom Gorman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928. He graduated from Western High School in Washington, D.C. After attending college, he joined the Army where he spent seven and one half years, holding a top secret security clearance. After his discharge from the Army, Tom joined Norton Containers. He spent 30 years with that company and retired in 1990 as sales manager. Tom was a member of Branch 146 for over twenty hears. He was in charge of preparing the branch golf schedule for seventeen years. This was prior to the use of computers and email and Tom called every player, every week, to communicate the schedule. Tom lived in Concord with his wife, Bev. They have two daughers and three grandchildren.  

   

Fred Kovar

Sir Fred Kovar 1933 - March 3, 2018. Fred Kovar was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933 and was raised there. Fred graduated from Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland and then earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from John Carroll University in 1955. During the summers, he worked as a laborer on state highway projects. During the summer of 1955, Fred worked at the B.F. Goodrich Research Lab. He then matriculated at Washington University in St. Louis and obtained a master of arts degree in 1958. Following graduation, he signed on as an instructor at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. In 1961, he returned to Washington University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1963. During that time, he met his wife, the former Peg Wright, and they married in 1962. Fred served in the US Army Signal Corps Reserve from 1955 to 1963, finishing with the rank of first lieutenant. In 1963, Fred and Peg moved to California when Fred was hired by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He spent 30 years at the laboratory, retiring in 1993. He then joined the faculty at Diablo Valley College and taught there until June 2002. Fred lived in Walnut Creek. He had three daughters and a son and four grandchildren. His wife, Peg, passed in 2011 after 48 years of marriage. Fred was interested in world affairs, traveling, bridge, and golf. He also liked to garden, specializing in bonsai and iris. He was a 49ers fan and was a member of the Song SIRs and a former Big Sir of Branch 146.

   

Chuck Bobinecz

Sir Charles (Chuck) Bobinecz 1935 - February 9, 2018. Charles (Chuck) Bobinecz in 1935 on a farm in Granger, Indiana. He went to high school in Indiana and then went into the Army where he spent a year and a half as an occupation troop in Germany. Upon discharge from the army he married Mary and armed with the GI bill, he got a BS degree in accounting from Indiana University. He received a job offer from a firm in Goleta, California and that is how he got to California. This was a big move for Chuck and his family (he and Mary had two daughters by then, Mary Jo and Carol) and they had no relatives or friends in California. The firm in Goleta was sold and Chuck moved to San Jose to work for Lockheed Missiles & Space as a Senior Accountant. Chuck was in the Aerospace industry for 10 years. During that period he earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and did additional post graduate work at Santa Clara. Also during that period his son Michael and a daughter Terry were born. As the children grew, Chuck had four teenagers at one point in time. Chuck's cash flow got a big boost when the last two of his children graduated from college (over a period of eight years he had two children in college each year). After ten years, he wanted to work outside the aerospace industry. He worked for various Kaiser companies and held such positions as director of audit, regional controller, group controller, and assistant corporate controller. Chuck finished his career doing similar functions at the Bechtel Corporation and retired in 1995. Between gardening, golfing, bowling, traveling and six grandchildren, he was quite busy. His only lament about retirement then was that he could not go back to work to rest. Then unfortunately he had a stroke in 2012 which left him paralyzed on his left side. This curtailed many of his activities

   

Ken Donnelly

Sir Ken Donnelly June 1940 - January 25, 2018. Ken passed away peacefully Sunday January 28th at home surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer. Ken was born and raised in San Francisco. Ken was Vice President of Steiny & Co., an electrical contracting firm, for over 32 years and retired at the age of 55. In retirement, Ken enjoyed golf, golf and more golf. Ken is survived by his wife, Elaine of 52 years, daughters Laurie (son-in-law, Tim and grandson Sam), Stacy, and step-daughter, Teresa. Ken was an active member of Branch 146, participating in golf, greeters, and the Song Sirs.

   

2017

 
   

Steve Dawkins
Sir Steve Dawkins December 20, 2017. Steve Dawkins was born in Oakland in 1945. He lived in Oakland until he was ten years old and then moved with his parents to Walnut Creek. He attended Oak Park Elementary School and Pleasant Hill High School and then enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in history in 1968. Steve was drafted in 1968. After undergoing basic training at Ford Ord, he was accepted into officer candidate school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Initially, he served as an intelligence officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then he was transferred to I Corps headquarters in Danang, Viet Nam, where he was with G2. He was discharged in 1971 as a first lieutenant. Steve began his business career as a real estate broker in Walnut Creek in 1971. He joined the Contra Costa County Assessor's Office in 1974 and retired in 2004 as assistant county assessor. Steve lived with his wife Marna in Walnut Creek. He had three stepchildren, stepsons living in Los Angeles and Newport, Oregon, and a stepdaughter living in Houston with her three children.
   

Steve Olsen
Sir Steve Olsen November 2017. Steve Olsen was born in Martinez in 1946. He was raised in Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Lafayette. Steve graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland and then earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mathematics from Santa Clara University. He was a math teacher and administrator at Richmond High School from 1969 through 1981 and then worked for Chevron Corporation and Chevron USA from 1981 through 2004. He returned to the teaching profession in 2004 when he joined the faculty at Northgate High School. He taught math at Northgate from 2004 to 2009. Steve had been an active basketball official with East Bay Basketball Officials since 1969. He was also an active official with Contra Costa Football Officials and Mid County Officials (softball and baseball). He was an independent assessor for California's Teaching Performance Assessment process at the University of San Francisco and Dominican University. He also enjoyed golf and bridge and volunteered at St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco.
   

Fred Thompson
Sir Fred Thompson October 2017. Fred Thompson passed away on Saturday, October 7th.
   

Bob Walton
Sir Robert Walton July 27, 1925 - August 10, 2017. Bob Walton passed away on Thursday, August 10th. Bob joined Branch 146 in 1992 and served in a number of leadership positions within both our Branch and State SIR- including as Branch Computer Group Chairman '92-'94, Branch Secretary '93/'94, Big Sir '95, and Mentor / Liaison with new Branch 171 startup '94/'95. He also was State Database Committee member and State Communications Chairman while helping develop/implement the State database and other information systems. He received an Honorary Life Member award in 1998 for his exceptional contributions to SIR.
   

"Curley" Kade
Sir Albert ("Curley") Kade 1934 - August 8, 2017. Albert Allen Kade affectionately known as Curley, 83, peacefully died Tuesday August 8, 2017 at home in Walnut Creek surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife of over 50 years, Jeannette; his son, Rodney, his daughter, Kathryn; 7 younger brothers and sisters, and many dear friends. He was the son of Ernest and Chloe Kade, he was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in April. After serving in the U.S. Navy to 1955, he settled in the California Bay Area and married in 1961. He was always positive, kind, gentle and full of life, a loving husband, father, and son. He retired after 45 yrs. in the automobile business and his expertise and reputation led him to be known and loved in the community. Curley loved the countryside and country music, spending time with his family and friends, old Chevy trucks, gardening, reading, horses and auto racing.
   

Al Twyford
Sir Alfred Twyford 1934 - May 27, 2017. Al Twyford passed away on Sunday May 28th. Al Twyford was born and raised in Oakland. He delivered newspapers for the Oakland Tribune beginning at age 10 and thus had the distinction of being the youngest paperboy in that publication's history. He also participated in CYO baseball, basketball, and track and played high school junior varsity basketball. Al graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda in 1952 and then earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco. He joined the Army upon graduation from college, serving as a field artillery surveyor. Al began his business career with Fuller Paint Company in 1959 but he soon turned to his true calling, the trucking industry. In 1967, Al began a lengthy career in the trucking industry when he joined Consolidated Freightways. Al held various management positions in multiple transportation companies. He was lastly executive vice president for sales and marketing at A&R Transport in Walnut Creek. Al retired in 2002 but continued his interest in the transportation industry by serving as a consultant. Al and his wife, Helene, were married in 1959. They have a son and daughter and two granddaughters. Al was a fan of the Athletics, Raiders, and Warriors, enjoyed traveling, and was an active community volunteer serving, among other things, on the board of directors of the Cardigan Maintenance Homeowners Association.
   

Elmer (Kap) Kaprielian
Sir Elmer (Kap) Kaprielian - May 27, 2017. Kap Kaprielian passed away on Saturday May 27th at the age of 95. Kap was a charter member of Branch 146 and a past Big Sir. Kap received the Senior Sir Award several years ago. He attended Fresno State College and graduated in 1942 from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy as a civilian electrical engineer. He went into active military duty as an ensign in 1943.  Following his military service, "Kap" went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in Fresno as an estimator. He retired 41 years later as the Senior Vice-President of Power Generation and a member of the company's management committee.  He was an active member for many years at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill.  He was a proud member of the Knights of Vartan, an Armenian fraternal organization. "Kap's" life focused on his family, his church and the university which helped to chart and shape him. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria, daughters Gail Quirk (David) and Claudia Falbo (Tony) and son, Douglas Kaprielian, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
   

Pete Miller
Sir Pete Miller September 13, 1932 - April 4, 2017. Pete Miller passed away on Wednesday April 4th. Pete was the director of the Branch 146 SongSirs. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a Masters Degree in Geology then served four years in the Air Force, living overseas in Japan and the Philippines. He worked 28 years as a Micropaleontologist for Chevron, living in Bakersfield and the Walnut Creek area. Pete enjoyed traveling, singing with the Devil Mountain Barbershop Chorus and SongSirs Branch 146, as well as Acrylic Painting which he took up in his later years, specializing in Landscapes of areas encountered during his travels. He belonged to the Las Juntas Art Group. Beloved husband to his wife Carole of 61 years. Father of Scott Miller (Naomi), Greg Miller, and Linda Price. Grandfather of Grant and Peter Miller, Kimberly Neibuhr, Kelly Price, and Sjana Wagner, as well as five Great Grandsons.
   

Lynn Freeman
Sir Lynn Freeman 1923 - March 11, 2017. Lynn Freeman one of our 4 remaining charter members passed away Saturday March 11th. He was a true patriot, a wonderful person, a great bridge player and a very good friend or all of us. He and Dasha played in our couples bridge group from the start for many years. Lynn also contributed significantly to Branch 146. For many years Lynn served as our Veterans chairman, both arranging for the speaker and chairing the November meeting. Since he was a retired career US Army officer he was perfect for the job. Lynn also was one of the originators of our golf group and ran a couples tournament in the Napa Valley for years. In recent times his health deteriorated so his involvement in Sirs was diminished. His family intends of have a private family service. Thank you Lynn for all of your fine work. May your soul rest in peace.