Yves A. Hebert passed away peacefully on March 14, 2014 after listening to the conclusion of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony at his son and daughter-in-law's home. He is survived by his son Colin, daughter-in-law Jennifer and granddaughter Audrey of Sebastopol, California. He is also survived by his brothers Guy and Gilles, and his sister Micheline Prevost of Montreal, Canada. Yves was preceded in death by his older brother Roger. Yves was born in Montreal, Canada on October 19, 1933. He received a hockey scholarship from the University of Michigan and played on Michigan's 1955 NCAA Hockey Championship Team. He graduated with a BA in French Literature in 1956. Yves returned to Canada to attend law school at U. of Montreal and received his law degree in 1959. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1960 where he worked as an insurance adjustor while waiting the then-required five years for U.S. citizenship in order to practice law. Yves was admitted to California State Bar in 1966. He moved to Olivenhain in San Diego County, California and married Margaret Judith O'Neill in 1970. He practiced law in San Diego for 20 years, in private practice and in the San Diego County Counsel's Office. Yves moved to Mendocino County in 1985 and practiced civil law in the Mendocino County Counsel's Office in Ukiah for 14 years. He built a house in Ukiah on a steep hillside against all reason - a worthwhile accomplishment as it provided the views he appreciated and 10 years of enjoyment. Yves retired in 1999 and moved to Oakmont Village in Santa Rosa in 2003. He enjoyed playing in the Santa Rosa Snoopy Senior Hockey Tournament for 20 yrs. Yves played hockey year round until he was nearly 70. He was an avid reader, vigorous hiker, dedicated cyclist and lover of chamber music, but more than anything else he like to spend time with his granddaughter Audrey. Many trips to Copperfield's bookstore resulted in quite a collection of books for Audrey to treasure and remember Grandpa. Yves's honesty, integrity, intelligence, incredible strength and love will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 29 to Apr. 1, 2014