In Memoriam

2019

 
   

Bill Klein

Sir William (Bill) Klein 1947 - October 6, 2019.

William (Bill) Klein passed away on October 6, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

Bill was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1947 and grew up in Chicago and its suburbs. He  enjoyed visiting  the  many  places  of  interest  in Chicago  and  a  highlight  was  to  watch  the  first  passenger  jet  land  at  O'Hare  International Airport.

Bill graduated from Michigan Tech University in 1969 with a degree in chemical engineering. He had a 35 year career with Shell Oil then spent three years with Millie Capital Management, retiring in 2009.

Bill is survived by his wife, Patti, two daughters and five grandchildren.

   

Al Zamolo

Sir Al Zamolo July 8, 1929 - September 26, 2019.

Albert (Al) Julio Zamolo passed away peacefully on Thursday at age 90 of natural causes. He touched many lives with his generous spirit and positive outlook on life.

Al was born in Martinez, CA and graduated from Alhambra High School. He received a Bachelors degree in education from St. Mary's College and a Masters degree in Administration from the University of California – Berkeley. After serving in the U.S Army for two years, Al enjoyed a 35-year career as a teacher and administrator with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Al loved tennis and golf and was an active member of Sons In Retirement (SIRs).

Al is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Joan; devoted children and their spouses Paul Zamolo and Michelle Ferreira of Oakland, Craig and Michele Zamolo of Bend, Oregon, Steve and Rachel Zamolo of Newport Beach, Chris and Donna Zamolo of Martinez, Lynne and Jim With of Pleasant Hill and Karen and Jerry Gray of Martinez. Al is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

   

Bob Schroder

Sir Robert Schroder 1928 - March 29, 2019.

Bob was born in 1928 in San Francisco, his family moved to Walnut Creek when he was 2 years old.

A businessman, Bob also served on the Walnut Creek City Council for 16 years, starting in 1960, and was its mayor three times. A member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bob also was the founding chairperson of the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, which became the County Connection. The agency described Bob as "instrumental in our creation as a Contra Costa County supervisor and MTC Commissioner."

While Bob wasn't the only person who got public transportation accomplished in this area of the East Bay, his hard work has been memorialized in the BART suspension bridge over Treat Boulevard for hikers and bikers. That overpass not only is called "Robert I. Schroder" in his honor, it also bears his nickname, "Mr. Transportation."

He was fond of snow skiing, tennis, and working in his yard – nothing fancy, but raking leaves and making the yard look nice

Bob is survived by his wife, Frances, and their children, Rob Schroder, the Mayor of Martinez, Susan Mendes, and Sharon Schlagel, as well as several grandchildren.

   

Jim Lape

Sir Jim Lape 1951 - March 21, 2019.

Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1951 and was raised there. After graduating from the Columbus Academy, he enrolled at Princeton University and graduated in 1973.

Jim began his working career at the Lazarus Department Store in 1973. In 1978, he began a 25 year career at Levi Strauss, rising first to executive vice president for women's wear and then executive vice president for all U.S. sales. He finished his career with a 10 year stint as CEO of Downlite.

Jim lived in Walnut Creek with his wife Sue. They had three daughters. Jim enjoyed playing nine hole golf and also enjoyed playing euchre.

   

Ron Pascoe

Sir Ronald Pascoe September 1, 1932 - March 21, 2019.

Ron was born in West Hollywood, CA on September 1, 1932 to Jack and Dorothy Pascoe. Ron is a graduate of South Western University School of Accounting and Law. He was a true patriot who served honorably in the US Army in South Korea.

Ron loved travelling the world with his wife, his coffee black, and time with his family. He especially loved summers on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.

Ron spent his entire 38 year career as an accountant for Chevron Shipping Company, was an active member of his community and involved in local organizations, the Elks Club, Walnut Creek Planning Commission, and was a Mason with The Van Nuys Masonic Lodge.

Ron is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Pascoe, two sons, Scott and Brent. He had 6 grandchildren Sydney, Samantha, Caden, Gage, Presley and Logan, one great granddaughter Shaylee and one on the way.

   

Ken Sihler

Sir Ken Sihler June 29, 1949 - March 16, 2019.

Ken was born in Buffalo, NY. in 1949, he was a resident of Walnut Creek.

Ken worked over 33 years at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Men's Golf Club and SIR 146, always looking forward to early morning rounds with his golf buddies.

Ken is survived by his wife Camille, and brother Scott, sisters-in-law Jo Ann, Catherine, and brothers-in-law Sam and Bud along with many nieces and nephews.

   

Dale Haukland

Sir Dale Haukland 1932 - February 21, 2019.

Dale was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1932 and grew up in St. Paul and in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He spent his summers in Eagle Bend, Minnesota where his aunt and uncle had a farm and ran the telephone exchange and where he was excited to blow the noon whistle for the town. When Dale entered high school, his father was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska. After coming from a small town, Dale thought that there was much to do in Omaha. When Dale was a senior in high school, his father was transferred to Storm Lake, Iowa.

Dale graduated from Storm Lake High School and shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy. He spent four years in the Navy, finishing his tour as a second class petty officer. He then enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. He later earned an MBA in policy, planning, and administration from Cal State Los Angeles.

Dale began his working career as a teacher in the Fontana (Calif.) Unified School District in 1959. He moved to the San Juan Capistrano Unified School District in 1966.

In 1968, Dale made a major career change when he began a long and distinguished career with Kentucky Fried Chicken. He began as the area director and director of operations in the roast beef division in San Diego. He later moved to Las Vegas as area director. In 1971, he transferred to Louisville with the company's specialized business analysis task force. He later served in Louisville as management systems coordinator and director of training. In 1973, he became district manager for operations in Miami, where he served for three years. He then returned to southern California where he was district manager for field services for two years and then regional director for field services.Dale moved to the Bay Area in 1988 when he became vice president and general manager for the Northwest Division, working out of Foster City. In 1989, he became the vice president for the West Division. He retired from KFC in 1997.

Dale and his wife Joanne lived in Danville. They had three daughters (Karen, Dawn, and Linda) and two grandchildren. Dale enjoyed wine tasting, dining, reading, and attending plays, speaker series, art shows, and historical museums.

   

2018

 
   

John Lewis

Sir John Lewis July 22, 1928 - Nov. 18, 2018. John passed away peacefully at the age of 90.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Florence Lewis, his daughter Maria Lewis of Walnut Creek, daughter Julie Lewis, son-in-law Yan Rozenzon, and granddaughter Addison Rozenzon of San Carlos.

John grew up in Big Spring, TX. After serving in the U.S. Army, he obtained his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas. He spent the majority of his career as a math teacher and golf coach at Miramonte High School in Orinda.

Upon retirement, John was an active member of SIR 146. While he participated in their golf, bridge, and poker programs, he'll be most remembered for establishing a walking group that is still active after 20 years. John requested that no service be held. In memory of John, please think of him on your next walk.

   

Doug Cook

Sir Doug Cook 1936 - November 18, 2018. Doug Cook was born in Columbia Furnace, Virginia in 1936 and was raised in Lorain, Ohio, where he attended school with Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.

After graduating from Lorain High School, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1954. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1958. He then earned a bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from San Francisco State University, a doctor of education degree from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. from Belford University.

One of the highlights of Doug's life is that he has visited the North Pole.

Doug worked as an administrator with the Mount Diablo Unified School District from 1963 to 1996 and then served as a professor at Chapman University from 1996 to 2014.

Doug served as Branch 146 Big Sir in 2004.

Doug and his wife Georgia lived in Walnut Creek. They have a son and daughter. Doug enjoyed travel, golf, reading, and history.

   

Pat Lucia

Sir Pat Lucia March 17, 1948- November 8, 2018. Pat Lucia was born in Medford, Massachusetts on St. Patrick's Day, March 17,1948. His family moved to Fresno in 1956, then to Roswell, New Mexico in 1957, and back to Fresno in 1960.  In 1965, Pat graduated from Hoover High School in Fresno.

Upon graduation from high school, Pat enrolled at Fresno City College, but he dropped out in 1966 and was drafted. He graduated from US Army Engineers School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After a stint at Fort Lewis, Washington, he was sent overseas. He was assigned to a base near Nakhon Phanom on the Mekong River at the border of Thailand and Laos, where he helped build a Special Forces camp used for raids over North Viet Nam and he provided support to the US Air Force base at Nakhon Phanom.

After his discharge from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1969, Pat enrolled at UC Berkeley, where he studied civil engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974, a Master of Science degree in 1975, and a Ph. D. degree in 1980. He worked for Harding Lawson, an engineering consultant firm in Santa Rosa in 1974, after getting his bachelor's degree and for GEI Consultants in Winchester, Massachusetts between the time that he received his master's degree and began work on his Ph.D.  Pat's first position after earning his Ph.D. was with Converse Engineering in San Francisco. In 1983, he joined Tensar Corporation in Walnut Creek and then from 1984 to 1993, he served as principal engineer for Woodward Clyde Consultants (WCC) in Oakland. During part of his time at WCC, Pat also was an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in civil engineering.

In 1993, Pat joined Geosyntec Consultants, a 1000 person engineering firm with offices in five countries, where he served as both manager of the Oakland office and Chairman of the Board. He retired from Geosyntec in 2012 and was now an adjunct professor of civil engineering at UC Davis where, as a volunteer on a pro bono basis, he taught two courses a year to graduate engineering students.

Pat and his wife Sally had two daughters named Jennifer (one was adopted), two sons, Mike and Chris, and four grandchildren. He enjoyed golf and traveling, was an ardent 49er, Warrior, and Giants fan, and was an avid reader of early American history.

   

Lynn Miller

Sir Lynn Miller January 10, 1939 - September 10, 2018. Lynn Miller was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1939 and was raised in a small company owned lumber town in the middle of eastern Oregon near the town of Fossil. He earned a bachelor of science and masters degree from UC Berkeley and then commenced a 40 year career as an engineer with Caltrans. Lynn and his wife Valerie moved to Danville in 1976. They had three sons, Craig, Kenneth,and Christopher. Lynn enjoyed travel by land tours or cruise, cards, watching sports, and his grandchildren.

   

Roger Peters

Sir Roger Peters January 5, 1941- July 7, 2018. Roger was born on January 5, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His family moved to Sacramento, CA in 1956.

Roger graduted from Santa Clara University in 1963, University of California School of Law in 1966 and the US Army JAGC School in 1967. Roger served as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1967 to 1971, while stationed at Fort Wadsworth, New York, and Fort Ord, California.

After discharge from the Army, Roger joined the law firm of Halley and Cornell and later became a name partner in that firm. In 2004, the firm was merged into Best, Best & Krieger, a national law firm specializing in representing cities, special districts and other governmental entities. For the past 20 years, Roger served as City Attorney for the Town of Colma and as special counsel for two other government agencies. He retired in 2014.

Roger was married to Cathy for over 50 years. They have two children, Brian and Carolyn, and three grandchildren, Kevin, Sean, and Ava. Roger liked to read, especially history books and crime novels. Roger played bridge and cribbage, and enjoyed photography and digital scrapbooking.

   

Jim Jackson

Sir Jim Jackson - June 17, 2018. Jim passed away on Sunday, June 17th. He was surrounded by his family and passed on with no pain at his home in Concord.

   

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.