A life lived with family, friends and fun is a life lived well. Brian was a good friend to me in high school, a good ear. Yellow Chevette, UTC,"doing elevens", "...wheres your letta". Chargers. Basketball. Life...
Thanks to Brian and his family, I had the chance to leave Brazil and be a senior high at James Madison High School. I am and will always be gratefull for them to open their house for this foreign Brazilian student, which opened many doors throuout of my life. I still remeber my first contact at Bill Hames' van taken me from the airport, and Brian trying to talk to me with his spanish and me with my Portuguese and a few words in English, plus the Padres and Chargers games... In our first time at the stadium, dad had to buy an extra ticket, a car was raffled and went to that extar seat. The yellow Ford Pinto was Brian's first car (and please don't look for what pinto means in Portuguese). Sheri, thank you all. My condolenses, Mario.
Rest in peace.
My prayers go out to your family and friends.
Your brother DU
Brian was much like this lighted candle: when you enter the place, he would be...radiant, smiling, entertaining, laughing, always had the right words and was not afraid to tell you the truth about anything...there is so much light in the truth...may the brightness of the light you were on earth as a mortal be ever if not brighter as you play in the light of your creator in Heaven
Brian was a warm and friendly person that always had a smile...a big and generous heart... he will be fondly remembered by all of his friends and acquantences especially in La Mesa, a great entrpeneur of The Charcoal House and just an all around great guy
Brian and I were childhood friends, living across the street from one another on Arlene Street. Evelyn babysat my sister and I before school for several years, and we were always in and out of each other's houses, playing flag football in the street, and exploring San Clemente Canyon whenever we could. We'd lost touch over the years and had just reconnected on facebook in the last year. Brian loved his wife and his family dearly and will be missed by many.
My brother had his share of faults but I loved him very much. He had a big heart, loved his girls and grandsons very much. It is tragic when someone is taken so young. I pray for peace for his family and friends. I am thankful that we had mended our ways. He was so happy that Taryn and family were coming to spend Christmas with him. Sheri McGee, Oliver Springs, TN
I was at SDSU with Brian in the late 70's, but we went our seperate ways as we navigated thru Adult life. When my Father passed away in 1994, Brian showed up at my Father's rosary, prior to the Funeral. I hadn't seen him in years, but that the kind of man he was. Such a Big Heart. I've always rememebered that. He was a passionate and spiritual man that will be missed by so many of his old friends.
Me and my brother Dave grew up with Hames (I always called him Hames because he was larger than life) and lived on the same street and went to all the same schools and played in all the school bands together, including Madison Marching Band. We did a lot of crazy things growing up in CLairemont and playing down in San Clemente Canyon, things that if we did today in our overly hyper PC liberal climate would've gotten every law enforcement agency to send their entire departments after us, but it was just good, clean, harmless fun to us. Anyways, those were priceless days of yore that I will remember fondly. Too bad the overly-coddled, overly protected kids of today will never get to explore and experience every single opportunity there is to let it all out and push the envelope of what rambunctious boys can do with their unbridled energy and imaginations. Hames lived a very full and exciting life and left no stone unturned. Rest in peace!
The world lost an amazing person. You will be missed Brian!
Brian had a presence as big as his stature and a gentle nature that always made me feel comfortable around him.
Our prayers are with you at this time of sadness
Ken and Doris
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
Always a friend - Miss him - My thoughts are with you - He will live in the shadows that walk with us - paul
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS, I WILL KEEP ALL OF YOU IN MY PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND HOLD YOU ALWAYS