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Fine Jr., Ernest - Contra Costa  
Ernest Fine, Jr. Sept. 27,1954-Jan. 9, 2015 Concord Ernest passed away on Jan. 9th, 2015 of a sudden illness. He is survived by his 3 brothers and sister-in law. Robert, Laurence, Steven and Bonnie. Also by many cousins on the Longmire side of the family. He was in the Boy Scouts, and a veteran of both the Air Force and the National Guard. He was a proud member of the Warrior Watch Riders, the Disciples and the Brothers of the Third Wheel. Ernest will be greatly missed by many.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 23, 2015
Finkelstein, Richard (Rick) - San Francisco  
Richard (Rick) Finkelstein Resident of Fresno, California Rick passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the age of 58. Richard was born December 30, 1956 in Buffalo, NY. He is the son of Jacqueline and the late Sidney Finkelstein. Rick graduated Northrup University, Los Angeles, California. He had a long career teaching at Castlemont High School as head of their Aviation Academy, and Fremont High School where he taught electronics, both in Oakland, California. His greatest accomplishment and enjoyment was joining the Civil Air Patrol, Fresno Unit, and achieved the rank of Major and Wing Commander within the organization. Rick is survived by his long-time loving partner, Jill Greenburg, his beloved mother, Jackie Finkelstein, his sister, Randi Adler, his son, Sean Finkelstein, his daughter, Robin Gaputan, and his adoring grandson, Jaxson Gaputan. He is predeceased by his beloved father, Sidney Finkelstein. Funeral Services and interment will be held Tuesday, January 27, @ 2:00 pm @ Oakmont Cemetery-Lafayette, CA. Arrangements By Sinai Memorial Chapel-Lafayette, CA.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 27, 2015
Fiorenza, Michael - Contra Costa  
Michael Fiorenza September 28, 1928 - January 11, 2015 El Dorado Hills, CA Michael Anthony Fiorenza, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully in El Dorado Hills, CA on January 11, 2015 where he and his wife Elsa built their dream home. He was 86. Born September 28, 1928, in Paterson, NJ, the first of four children, Michael enjoyed a lively upbringing within a southern Italian immigrant family. Following graduation from Fair Lawn High School, Bergen County, New Jersey, where he lettered in football, baseball, and track, Michael enlisted in the US Navy as a Seaman in 1946. In 1948, after an Honorable Discharge, he relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he earned an AA degree (1950) from El Camino College, Lawndale, and a BA degree (1953) and MA degree (1964) from the University of Southern California. In 1953 Michael met the love of his life, Elsa Maria Gaiola, in Padova, Italy, while studying on a year-long Fulbright Exchange Fellowship at the University of Padova. A nurse at the local hospital, Elsa helped care for Michael when he contracted poliomyelitis, which left him partially paralyzed in his left leg. The two eventually married in Padova on July 28, 1956, and began to raise a large family in southern California. Early in his career Michael worked as a school teacher but soon dedicated himself to social services with the California Department of Rehabilitation. From 1974 to 1987 he was Chief Administrator of Disability Programs in northern California, serviced by the Oakland office, and in 1991 retired after 32 years of service with Disability Programs. He was known for his uncompromising work ethic and ironic sense of humor. Proud of his Italian heritage, Michael conducted genealogy research during his retirement, traveling to Italy and pouring through the local archives. He fostered caring relationships with all his relatives, tirelessly driving or flying long distances for visits despite age or health concerns and hosting numerous joyful family reunions, the most recent between the Fiorenza and Gaiola families in Padova in 2011. In addition to more leisurely world travels, Michael had a passion for art, antiques, books, music, and opera. He was also deeply committed to providing educational opportunities for his children and grandchildren. Michael is survived by his wife, Elsa, their children Enrico (Victoria), Antonella, Michele, Paolo (Sandra), Annalisa, and Giancarlo (Dejana), and four grandchildren, Michael Jr., Carina, Giovanni, and Ava. He is also survived by his brothers Frank and Joseph, and sister Patricia. Two memorials are scheduled to celebrate Michael. The first, in El Dorado Hills, will be held on Friday, January 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 11:00 am. The second, on Saturday, January 31, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles. May he rest in eternal peace.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 22, 2015
Fitch, Keith - Concord  
Keith Fitch Sep 27, 1930 - Jan 15, 2015 Concord The "World's Nicest Guy" has left the playing field. Keith Edward Fitch, Renaissance man and all around nice guy has been called back to the dugout. "KF", as he was known by most, lived a full, laughter-filled life; and was known for his booming voice and killer handshake. Born to parents who doted on him (Karl and Minnie), in Summit, NJ, he grew up tormenting his younger sister, excelling as an athlete and pursuing his love of music and women. Throughout his life, KF was a "Jack of all Trades" – choirboy, gymnast, soldier, and salesman; and a "Master of Many" – contractor, friend, chef and softball player. KF loved good food, Manhattan's and beautiful women. He loved to laugh and could have a good time with virtually any person he met. He was larger than life and was flirting with every cute girl he encountered, days before he died. Keith was predeceased by his second child, Robin Elaine Fitch, who died after only two days. He is survived by his cherished family: his children - Keith (Kip) Fitch and wife Mary Conn-Fitch, Kathleen (Kathy) Mondloch and husband David Boatwright, and Heather McPherson; grandchildren – J.P. Fitch and Lindsay Mondloch; sister Sherrill Wood, (who survived his big brother abuse); nephew – Brad Wood; niece Vicki Musante and her husband Don; two great nephews - Jamie Miller and wife Krystal Drybread, and Jimmy Wood; great niece – Layla Ann Wood and great-great nephew - Lukas Miller. He also leaves behind three ex-wives, Pat Mondloch, Ann McPherson and Lyn Fitch, a plethora of ex-girlfriends, The Bombers softball team and countless friends. The family is indebted to the staff of Courtyard's @ Pine Creek, for their outstanding care and love of Keith during the past six years. During the last months of Keith's life, Hospice of the East Bay gave Keith phenomenal attention and love; for this the family will be eternally grateful. A celebration of Keith's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers; please consider a donation to Hospice of the East Bay.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 21, 2015
Flynn, Shirley May - Walnut Creek  
Shirley May Flynn May 17, 1929-January 6, 2015 Walnut Creek Born in Wyoming, PA. Married to Paul F. Flynn M.D. Survived by Dion and Debra Flynn, Paula and Brook Sargent and Patty and Richard Zigarovich,grandchildren,Christine Pierce, Daniel Flynn, Andrew Flynn and Lauren Pola. Donations to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Service at St.Theresa's Church, Oakland January 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 25, 2015
Fottrell, John Boyd - Alamo  
John Boyd Fottrell August 31, 1935 - January 15, 2015 Resident of Alamo Boyd died of complications following brain surgery. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Alice; his brothers, Brian Fottrell (Brentwood, CA) and William Fottrell (Las Vegas, NV); his children, Kathleen Deutsch (Miami, FL), Susan Sloatman (Nashville, TN), Michael Fottrell (Fairfax, CA) and Sean Fottrell (Oakland, CA), and his grandchildren Jennifer and Nicholas Sloatman and Tenaya and Rowan Fottrell, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Born in San Francisco, educated at St. Ignatius High, University of San Francisco and graduated from Stanford University, he worked for Pacific Bell, eventually AT&T, in northern California, San Diego, and New York City, and later in San Ramon at regional headquarters. He took early retirement from AT&T after 37 years in various departments, ending in Labor Relations. He transitioned into parttime CYO coaching of youth Track and Field and crosscountry teams for St. Joan of Arc and St. Isidore's Churches in the San Ramon Valley. He became an avid cyclist and toured various European countries biking, went to three Summer Olympic Games, traveled extensively, golfed, and enjoyed life to the fullest. There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 23, 2015
Frey, Keith E. - Contra Costa  
Keith E. Frey Mar. 15, 1949 - Jan. 11, 2015 Resident of Martinez Keith left us for heaven. He loved to cook, garden and be at the beach. He was so proud of the Sod Shop in Martinez. It had to close last year but he had me promise to have it up and running again. He was such a beautiful loving man. Keith is survived by his wife, Kim Frey, his mother, 3 brothers, 2 children, 3 step-children, 1 step-grandson and 3 grandchildren. Services will be at Oakmont's Redwood Chapel today, Friday Jan. 23rd at 10:30AM. Donations would be greatly appreciated to subsidize with the hardships of medical expenses and other debts incurred inthe past few years. We have been without any source of income for most of last year. Please mail to: Keith or Kim my be sent to U.S. Postal Service, P.O. Box 65, Martinez, CA 94553.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 23, 2015
Frey, Keith E. - Contra Costa  
Keith E. Frey Mar. 15, 1949-Jan. 11, 2015 Resident of Martinez Keith Frey, age 65, died peacefully with his family by his side on January 11th. Keith fought a brave battle with cancer for 5 years. Born March 15, 1949 in Pittsburg, California. Keith graduated from Alhambra High School in Martinez and Stanislaus State in Turlock. He opened his own business in the 1980s and worked tirelessly to support his family. When he would take a break from work, he loved to travel. One of his favorite places would be on a beach relaxing with a book in hand. Keith also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Keith will be remembered for his fun loving spirit and sense of humor and the smile that you could always find on his face. Keith is survived by: his wife Kim, Courtney & Saul Tallarico, Elliot Frey, Brent & Judy Frey, Robert & Karin Frey, Mark Frey, Barbara Meadors and 3 grandchildren. Keith was preceded in death by his father, Harold Frey. Funeral Service at Oakmont Memorial Park – Friday Jan. 23 10:30 am Memorial Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society http://www.lls.org
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 21, 2015
Friedman, Malcolm "Mac" - Contra Costa  
Malcolm "Mac" Friedman Jan. 12, 1936 ~ Jan. 6, 2015 Former Moraga Resident Malcolm "Mac" Friedman died on January 6, 2015, from complications resulting from Alzheimer's' Disease. Mac was formerly a resident of Moraga, California, but had lived in Reno since 2001. Mac was born in Corvallis, Oregan, where his father, Leo, was a Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. His mother, Sara, was a school teacher. Mac matriculated through the Corvallis School System graduating from Corvallis High School in 1953. He then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State in 1957. Following this he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served honorable and upon his discharge, his first job was with Chevron Oil in Richmond, California. Mac loved the San Francisco Bay Area and decided that that was the place he wanted to live. In order to accomplish this goal, Mac felt he needed more education. He went east to earn a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and continued on to earn his MBA from the Harvard Business School (Class of 1961). With Masters Degrees in hand, Mac became a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Associates in Chicago, Illinois. He worked extensively with the Great Northern Railroad and Buster Brown Shoes among other companies. Mac's management consulting later moved him and his family to Houston, Texas. Mac's desire to go back to the West brought him to the Bechtel Engineering Company in San Francisco. He worked for the company in several capacities, but his primary focus became Bechtel Financial Services, Incorporated (BFSI). He was Executive Vice President. He traveled the World helping countries finance projects to benefit the people of the countries. He worked mainly throughout Asia and South America. He enjoyed his work and was glad he could travel freely and interact with so many cultures during more peaceful times. Mac's passion was golf. He loved the game, the friendships and the competition. He was a member of the Moraga Country where he was on a team that won a zone championship. Upon coming to Reno, he immediately became a member of the Arrowcreek Country Club. He was so proud of the "Hole-in-one" he got on the 15th hole of the Legend Course on 8/18/2007. Mac also loved fishing and playing poker with his friends. He loved vacationing in many of the places where he had worked. Mac is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ellen, his brother, Ray Friedman (Nancy) of Portland Oregon, and his children: Dr. Laurie Donze (Mark) of Crownsville, Maryland; Craig Friedman of Redwood Shores, California; Michael Friedman (Danielle); stepdaughter, Elizabeth Baumann (Chuck) of Sparks, Nevada. He is also survived by his grandchildren: David and Sarina Donze; Alissa and Rachel Friedman; Bella Baumann. The Friedman Family wishes to thank the caregivers at The Arbors in Sparks, Nevada, as well as the nurses from Gentiva Hospice for their devoted service in the last days of Mac's life. A memorial service celebrating Mac's life will be held at a later date. In the meantime if you would like to acknowledge Mac, please make a donation in his name to either of the following: OSU Foundation 850 SW 35th Street Corvallis, OR 97333-9797, or The Alzheimer's Association of Northern California & Northern Nevada 2290 N. First Street Suite 101 San Jose, CA 95131-2017.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 25, 2015
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