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Daniel Tilles

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Daniel Tilles Obituary
Daniel Tilles
Jul. 7, 1929 - Aug. 21, 2014
San Mateo
Dan Tilles of San Mateo passed away peacefully on August 21, after a five-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his four children: David Tilles of Los Angeles, Robin Tilles of Folsom, Andrew Tilles of Studio City and Dean Tilles of Alameda as well as nine grandchildren: Jessica Tilles, Natasha DeAlto, Nicole Lutkemuller, Kyle Lutkemuller, Luna Tilles, Abby Gates-Tilles, Craig Tilles, Sam Tilles and Lily Gates-Tilles.
Daniel David Tilles, the only child of Samuel and Elsie Tilles, was born in New York City on July 7, 1929. The family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1930s for Dan's health. As a youth in Los Angeles, Dan helped in his father's radio repair business. He graduated from Fairfax High School, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from UCLA in 1951. He married Concepcion "Connie" Hernandez in 1954 and started a family while working for Bank of America. In 1966, Dan was hired by I. Magnin & Co. department stores in San Francisco to introduce and integrate new devices, called computers, into store operations at all the I. Magnin locations in California and the West. Dan, his wife and four children relocated to San Mateo. Working for I. Magnin as Director of Information Systems, Dan and his team implemented many novel uses for computers within the retail industry, including customer credit checks, inventory control, point-of-sale and targeted marketing.
Dan and Connie divorced in 1969 and in May, 1971, Dan married Noel Lemos Newman of Burlingame and became a step-father to Bob, Bonnie, Mark and Mike Newman. When Robin, Andy and Dean moved into the Burlingame home in the late 70s, they became a real "Brady Bunch"! Dave was in college.
In 1984, Dan retired and devoted his energies to travel, selling real estate, teaching, mystery shopping, playing bridge, skiing and most of all enjoying his family and friends. He tutored English and volunteered with various non-profits. He counseled small business owners through SCORE. He loved reading, crossword puzzles and poetry – both reading and writing. Perhaps Dan's most lasting legacy to his family were the annual "Tilles family reunion" gatherings for the families of his four children which, starting in 1995, he hosted each summer at a different California mountain, beach or other location. Those annual gatherings, ever-growing as the families of Dan's children grew, created lasting bonds among cousins and great memories for his children, grandchildren and Dan alike. In his later years and up until the end, Dan enjoyed the company of his beloved companion, Shizuko "Chiko" Osborne of San Mateo, as they travelled together and spent time with family and friends. A small private family memorial service is planned.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 31, 2014
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