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Cohen, Richard Lon  
Richard Lon Cohen February 3, 1952 - August 20, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Richard Lon Cohen by cardiac arrest on August 20th, 2015. Rich was the cherished husband of Ria Sinnige, beloved son of Muriel (Mitzi) Cohen and the late Julius Cohen. Rich passionately loved his daughter Mara and his son-in-law Gil Reinin, and was a proud grandfather of Juni and Eitan. He was the dear older brother of Jeff, Gary, Todd, Bob, Adam and their families. After marrying Ria, Rich became a dear member of her Dutch family and they also cared deeply for him. Rich's love of art and his innate sense of design will live on through his extensive body of work. Starting out as an illustrator, and after hanging out around Ohio State University one of the hotbeds of cgi development, Rich went on to become one of the early contributors to computer animation and digital visual effects. He worked for Pacific Data Images and later for ILM on films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Death Becomes Her. Other work included matte paintings on The Hudsucker Proxy, Starship Troopers and The Santa Claus 2. Rich was part of a team that received an Academy Award nomination for visual effects. In 1999, Rich and Ria moved to Canada where he taught visual effects at Sheridan College, a college renowned for its computer animation program. He also taught painting in the Art Fundamentals program. Rich had amazing taste and a strong sense of design. He and Ria bought a house on the Niagara Escarpment, that was something out of an architectural magazine. It was the kind of house you'd see pictures of but never expect to see in person. It was also exquisitely furnished, with much of the furniture created by Rich himself. Rich's woodworking even led to the making of guitars. He was intensely focused when he found something he was interested in and stopped at nothing to get the results he wanted. Everything he created ended up being of professional quality. In December of 2009, Richard had a stroke which resulted in a weakened left side, loss of balance and losing the use of his left arm. This was a major blow for someone so interested in creating both digital and physical things. In more recent years, as a result of the stroke, he developed chronic pain which no medication seemed to control. In spite of this pain, he still managed to begin a new interest .bonsai trees.which he pursued with his typical vigor! Rich impacted so many lives and we will miss his laughter, his enthusiasm and his love.. In memory of Rich, please plant a tree....and if you'd like to, turn it into a bonsai! Funeral services will be held in San Rafael at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue (Kol Shalom section), August 28, Friday at 11:00 am. An online condolence blog is available at richardlcohenmemorial.blogspot.ca .
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 27, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Clifford, Dorothy Hyde  
Dorothy Hyde Clifford July 30, 1931 - August 8, 2015 Dorothy Hyde Clifford passed away peacefully on August 8, 2015, at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, CA. She was 84 years old. Dorothy was blessed with eight children, and is survived by her devoted children: Carolyn (Don), Charlie (Holly), Patsy (Jim), Peter (Judy), Jim, Ann (Dave), and Amy (Greg). Dorothy is also survived by her sister Sally Rice of Larkspur. She is predeceased by her son Matthew and her husband of 60 years, Charles, who Dorothy affectionately called "Chuck." Dorothy was known as "Gabo" to her grandchildren: Lacey (Josh), Donny, Michael, Anne, Carly, Lauren, Ashley, Matthew, Will, Brian, Morgan, Nicolas, Charlie, Gracie, Peter, and Lindsey. Dorothy was born to Carleton and Margaret Hyde in Ross, California, on July 30, 1931. She lived in Ross and Belvedere with her sister, Sally. She attended Ross Grammar School, Dominican High School, and UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Dorothy put her degree on hold to start her family, which she heralded as her greatest accomplishment. After her 8th child was born, she went on to complete her degree at Dominican College, where she earned her Masters in Psychology, and attended The Wright Institute. Dorothy was an avid learner, writer, gardener and traveler, but she remained ever-present in the lives of her children. Family always came first. The Clifford family enjoyed numerous camping trips to Yosemite, visits to Tahoe and travels to Europe. Dorothy was the ultimate champion of her kids and she remained their biggest supporter throughout her life. Her warmth extended beyond her family as she loved her time chatting over a cup of coffee around the kitchen table with friends and neighbors who always felt right at home. She loved a good story and had an infectious laugh. Her razor-sharp wit, insatiable curiosity and thoughtfulness made for wonderful company and she enjoyed her friends from all aspects of her life. In her later years, Dorothy served as a docent at Strybing Arboretum, where she shared her love of nature with children, and she traveled around the world with her favorite companion, Chuck. While at The Tamalpais, she thoroughly enjoyed her weekly piano lessons as well as her writing and recorder groups with her close friends. Dorothy will be missed by many and she leaves a beautiful lasting legacy of devotion to family and friends. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross, CA on Sunday, August 30th at 3:00 pm. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (formerly Strybing Arboretum), 1260 Ninth Avenue, SF, CA 94122; contact Bekah Paige, bpaige@sfbg.org.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 26, 2015
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