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William Joseph Cartan Jul. 4, 1928 - Jan. 29, 2014 Resident of Pleasanton William "Bill" passed away peacefully in Alamo, CA surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Oakland, CA. He graduated from Texas Western University (now University of Texas at El Paso). He attained the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in Korea 1950-1952. Bill was very successful as owner and founder of Cartan's Baby News Kid's Stuff, a large baby furniture and children's clothing store. Bill opened the store with his brother Bob in 1962 and through the next 45 years most of the family members were involved in the success of the store. At various times there were stores in Fremont, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Pinole, Concord, Fresno, Oakland and Nevada, operated and/or owned by family members. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Irma of 30 years; his first wife, Barbara; his devoted children, Theresa Drake (Nick) of Redding, Scott Cartan (Tiffanie) of Chandler, AZ. Step-children; Ann Walker (Brad) of San Ramon and Kenyon Barnes (Karen) of San Ramon. Grandchildren Mack, Sean and Justin Drake, Zander Cartan, Dalton Walker and Jake, Luke and Kyla Barnes. The eight Grandchildren were a joy to "Papa Bill." He will also be remembered by brother Bob and wife, Effi, niece Heidi, sister Carolyn Sherman (Fred) and nephews Kyle and Leonard. His very generous, honest and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Bill is predeceased by his parents and nephew Derik Cartan. A "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the East Bay Bruns House.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 5, 2014
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