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Elkington, Kenneth Albert  
Kenneth Albert Elkington 10/9/28 3/28/16 Ken passed away peacefully in his Sausalito home of 58 years with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Jo, his children, Claire deAndrade (David), Christopher (Anne), and Robert Scott (Linda Munoz), grandchildren Daniel (Julia), Michael (Adriana), Jessica (Rhys Sanders), Lindsey, and Kenneth Elkington, Ben and Dira deAndrade, Zachary and Sara Johnson and five great-grandchildren, who Ken like to refer to as "the greats". Ken was born in San Francisco, as the middle son of George and Josephine (pre-deceased along with brothers, George and Robert). Ken grew up on the same street as his future wife, Shirley Jo (nee Newton). He attended Washington H.S. and then joined the U.S Army and served during the Korean War. He returned from the Army and joined his father and brother in the family construction business, G.J. Elkington & Sons and married Shirley. With Shirley he designed and built their first and last home, where they raised their children and eventually started his own company with his own sons. Ken was an active member in the Sausalito Rotary Club, serving as President in 1970-1971, where he volunteered his extensive contracting skills for the first Rotary Senior Housing Project (Bee Street). No task was too big or small having participated in the annual Rotary parking fund-raiser at the Sausalito Art Festival; building Gabrielson Park; a hand-crafted bar at Sausalito Woman's Club, various bus shelters; as well as many other community projects. He also volunteered his excellent wood-working skills for the many construction and remodeling projects led by his sons, Chris and Scott and grandson, Daniel. A memorial service honoring Ken's life will be held on May 21, 2016. Please inquire and RSVP at elkpark1953@gmail.com or 415-326-8216. Donations can be made in Ken's name to the Sausalito Rotary Housing Corporation.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 16 to May 15, 2016
Kavanagh, Dennis  
Dennis Kavanagh 1936-2016 Dennis Kavanagh died peacefully at his home in Sausalito on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Barbara, and his sons Tony (Kristen) and Michael (Anne-Marie); son Christopher died in August 2015. He also leaves two loving granddaughters, Jessie and Emily, as well as sisters-in-law Kathleen Hilger (Chuck) and Kris Beall (Karl Coffield), nephew Kenneth Moodie (Ami Davis), niece Rigel Flaherty, and great-nephews Calvin Moodie and J.D. and Jacob Porter. Dennis was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to San Mateo, where he attended St. Matthew's grammar school. In the eighth grade, he wrote for the San Mateo Times as a junior reporter on local baseball games. After graduating from Serra High School, Dennis earned a B.A. in political science ('59) at UC Berkeley, where he played freshman football during the tenure of Coach "Pappy" Waldorf. He went on to earn a J.D. ('62) at Berkeley Law. During his time at Berkeley, he also served in the officers' training program in the Marine Corps Reserve. Dennis would remain a proud Cal alumnus and Golden Bears fan for the rest of his life. Dennis's law career began with an internship with State Assemblyman William Byron Rumford, the first African American elected to state public office in northern California, whose keynote achievement was passage of the 1959 Fair Employment Practices Act banning employment discrimination in California. Dennis, Barbara, and their young sons resided in Sacramento during Dennis's legislative internship, then spent several memorable months on vacation in Mexico City. The family settled in Mill Valley, and Dennis spent the rest of his career based in San Francisco as a lobbyist and attorney. After winning his first case at trial and working in partnership with Frank Brown (brother of Governor Pat Brown), Dennis opened his own practice with Barbara as office manager and paralegal. As a lobbyist in Sacramento for mobile home owners, he was instrumental in passage of legislation that would advance tenants' rights broadly around the state. Later in his career, Dennis took the opportunity to become full-time attorney for Continental Insurance, where he remained until he retired. During his years in San Francisco, Dennis joined the illustrious Lapins Sauvages amateur softball team, founded by Ed Moose, proprietor of the Washington Square Bar and Grill. He traveled as relief pitcher with the Lapins Sauvages to Moscow, Paris, Hong Kong, and Havana and faced opposing players including Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings. In 1966, after his first year of law practice, Dennis and Barbara took their sons, ages three, six, and seven, on an extensive European driving trip, traveling (with the steering wheel on the wrong side) from the U.K. to Morocco and back across Europe. Barbara and Dennis also took numerous sailing trips: Barbara was captain and Dennis first mate as they sailed around Mallorca and the Virgin Islands, from St. Martin's to St. Bart's, and to Tonga and Bay of Islands, New Zealand. With friends, they sailed in the Greek Islands, the Caribbean, and Tahiti and went canal boating in France. In his retirement, Dennis coached the Mock Trial team at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. With his coaching, and with granddaughter Jessie ('08) competing, the team won the U.S. championship in 2005. It has now triumphed at the county level for 20 years running. Dennis also volunteered with ABC News' Seven on Your Side with Michael Finney, vetting consumer complaints and giving advice. He served on the Marin County Grand Jury and the Marin County Bar Association board, and he was president of the Irish-American Bar Association for 17 years. In San Francisco, he was a member of the Olympic Club and the University Club, as well as a long-time member of the Sacramento Seminar. Dennis will be deeply missed by his family and his wide circle of friends. A memorial service is being planned for the near future. Contact: kavanaghfamily2016@gmail.com.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2016
Madden Jr., James William  
James William Madden Jr. Went to Heaven on April 19, 2016 after a short illness. He was born in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1928. He became the loving husband to Jacqueline Dorothy Madden when they were married on June 27, 1953. James served in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician Second Class. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor from June 15, 2948 to June 14, 1953. He worked for a Steam Ship Company, Southern Pacific Railroad and then owned his own Printing Business for 20 years. He loved to travel. He and his wife were able to visit many National Parks in the United States. Their travels also took them around the world. His other interest also included stamp collecting, playing tennis and collecting Lionel trains. James was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Jacqueline and is survived by his daughter Sandra L. Nisja, his son James W. Madden III, son-in-law Donn Nisja, daughter-in-law Angelica Madden, grandchildren Niklis T. Nisja, Tiffany N. Ingham, James W. Madden IV and Micaela A. Madden and great grandchildren Eva Ingham and Berkley Ingham. Interment was held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on April 28, 2016, a memorial service will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 11:00 am at Monte's Chapel of the Hills located at 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California 94960. A reception will immediately follow at McInnis Park Golf Center at 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 30 to May 4, 2016
Parker, Steven K.  
Steven K. Parker 9/12/1947 4/28/2016 Steve passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends after a sudden and brief illness. The love of his life was his family. He was a loving husband and devoted father. He was proud of his children and loved participating in their lives by being their number one fan. Steve loved the ocean, trips to the beach and Hawaii, and fondly remembered sailing to Catalina with his Dad and family while growing up. His heart was also in the Sierras. Steve and Julie enjoyed many trips enjoying Mammoth, backpacking in the high country and later sharing the mountains, hiking, fishing and skiing with their children. He will always be cherished and remembered by his kind and generous nature. He was a sincere and supportive friend and mentor to the many people he touched throughout his life. He loved spending time with close friends sharing his famous grilled chicken and good times. When in need, his friends could always count on him to help out. He was a master of all trades. At work he was highly respected and trusted as being able to meet challenges with successful outcomes for all involved. When things were tough, his charm, charisma, humor and ability to bring out the best in people often smoothed the way to success. Steve was born and grew up in Pasadena, California to Margaret and Sidney Parker. He was a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Steve leaves behind his wife, Julie, and their two daughters, Jeni and Lexie, his older children, Steven (Denise) of Chino, Debbie of Pasadena, and Patrick (Rachel) of Vallejo. He is also survived by his grandchildren Anthony Parker, Nathan Parker, Jack Parker, Jacob Parker and Beau Parker, and four loving siblings Doug (Linda) Parker, Jeff (Denise Carter) Parker, Nancy (Phil) Naecker, and John Parker. He also leaves behind numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Services are pending and will be held within the next week. Please check CaringBridge.org for details: Site Link: www.caringbridge.org/visit/steveparker2 Site Name: steveparker2
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 30 to May 4, 2016
Shafer, Mark  
Mark L. Shafer Mark Shafer was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania in 1929. He received a Congressional Appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY while still at high school in South Hampton, PA. At 21 years old and still at the Academy, he met the love and light of his life Dulce Dease. They were married for 64 years. Starting out as a navigator, Mark retired as Captain, US Navy Reserve after 27 years of service. He received medals for active duty in Korea (Inchon) and Vietnam (USS Sacramento) and was awarded the Navy Letter of Commendation. Mark's business career began with commercial shipping companies on the waterfronts of Brooklyn, Honolulu, and San Francisco. Later, Mark managed the Cargo and Terminal Operations of then leading trans-pacific carrier, Pacific Far East Lines. While Area Manager for PFEL, Mark raised a growing family in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He earned a Masters Degree in International Business from Sophia University, Tokyo and learned to converse in Cantonese, Japanese and Spanish. The Shafer family returned to the Bay Area in 1971, where Mark led the Agencies Division of Matson Navigation. He retired as Senior Vice President for Matson in 2000. A lifelong learner, he continued his education at USF, UC Berkeley and the College of Marin as well as earning an FAA pilot's license. Throughout a very active retirement, Mark continued to lead and to serve. He volunteered as a Director for the WWII National Liberty Ship Memorial SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Mark was the past Commodore of the Sausalito Yacht Club and served as the past president of the Military Officer's Association of America, Marin chapter; National Defense Transportation Association, Tokyo, Yokohama and San Francisco Chapters, and VP Western Area; National Sojourners; Sons in Retirement, Branch #7; and the Marine Square Club. Mark Shafer was a Master Mason and an active member of the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America, Council of American Master Mariners, National Defense Transportation Association, Kings Point Alumni Association, 601 Club of Retired Maritime Executives, Navy Order, Navy League, Marin Amateur Radio Society, and the Reserve Officers Association. Mark is survived by his wife Dulce, his children Carol, Deborah and Charles, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and brother Phaon. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May, 5, 2016, at 11:00AM at the Marin Masonic Lodge #191 F&AM, 888 4th Street, San Rafael 94901. In remembrance of Mark Shafer, donations of time or funds in his name are requested for the continued support of the WWII Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien, National Liberty Ship Memorial 2350 Taylor Street, Suite 6, San Francisco, CA 94133, phone (415) 544-0100. www.ssjeremiahobrien.org
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 1 to May 3, 2016
Waters, James Randolph  
James Randolph Waters Jim passed away peacefully on March 21, 2016 with his wife Sue at his bedside. He was 76. He had battled CLL and Prostate Cancer for the last 16 years. Despite his illnesses he enjoyed life by traveling to numerous countries, learning how to fly a weightshift ultralight trike or sharing a drink and conversation with friends. Jim was born in West LA on May 8, 1939 to James W. and Amelia S. Waters. After his parents' divorce, he and his mother moved to San Francisco where Amelia worked as a welder at Kaiser Shipyards. He attended St. Paulus Lutheran School, graduated from Lowell in 1957 and graduated from Hunters Point Apprenticeship Program in 1962. Upon graduation, Jim was drafted into the Army and spent the majority of his service in Greenland. After completing his service he returned to San Francisco and worked as a Marine Electrician at Hunters Point and ultimately running his own business Marine Controls. He married Ann Nielmeyer in 1966 and has two children, Jim (Dawn) and Laurie (Doug). He retired in 2008. Jim was always curious about learning new things. Once a subject or pursuit caught his interest, he would completely immerse himself into it. His many pursuits varied from photography, sailing, art, kayaking and most of all flying. He soloed when he was 63 and managed to log in 18000 hours. Jim is survived by his wife 36 years, Sue, son Jim, daughter Laurie, grand-daughters Megan and Ashley, grandsons Cody and Tyler, nephews Michael, Kevin, Richard, nieces Susan and Christine. He is predeceased by his brother David Fairless (Linda) He's also loved and missed by Sue's large family of seven brothers and sisters, 14 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 15 at 5:00 PM at the Harbor Point Tennis Club, 475 E. Strawberry, Mill Valley. Friends and family are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please donate to you favorite charity.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 26 to May 4, 2016

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Hurley, Dennis Clarence  
Dennis Clarence Hurley Was born to Clarence and Eileen on December 20, 1936. Like his parents, he was a San Francisco native. Dennis graduated from St. Anne's in 1950, Riordan High School in 1954, and University of San Francisco in English in 1958. He leaves his daughter Erin Hurley (Tom DeLacy) and grandchildren Breanna, Kiera, Tara; brothers Richard (Janet), and Robert (Margaret); many nieces and nephews and a trove of lifelong friends and his trusty dog, Bender. Dennis was a San Francisco Fire Fighter, a real estate entrepreneur, and an all-around good guy. A proud Irish FBI (Full Blooded Irish). He was married to Joyce McMann, deceased. He enjoyed a great time with his buddies, volunteering for the blind, and screenwriting. He was generous to a fault, smart and witty. A party was always within his reach. He loved boats and lived aboard them in Marin for many years. In his last years, he lived in an apartment underneath his daughter's home, where he was showered with love and care by Erin and his granddaughters. It is difficult to say this good-bye to Dennis. Let us remember all the many good times and raise a glass to him. Assisted By Monte's Chapel Of The Hills, San Anselmo, Ca (415) 453-8440
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 1, 2016
Kimbrell, Diana Kay  
Diana Kay Kimbrell 11/23/1954 - 4/11/2016 Diana K. Kimbrell passed peacefully on Monday, April 11, 2016, lovingly surrounded by family and friends. Diana leaves behind her brother, two nieces, three great-nieces and two great-nephews. Diana was born in Los Angeles in 1954 and spent her childhood in Visalia, CA. In 1976 she moved to San Francisco and landed her first job at KNBR Radio. This was the beginning of a successful career in media advertising sales that included KCBS Radio, KNBR (NBC), KNEW/KSAN and KQED (PBS). As National Sales Manager at KNEW/KSAN, she worked with major advertisers and advertising agencies throughout the country. In 1996 she started her own cause-related marketing business specializing in creating partnerships between non-profit and for-profit organizations. She worked with clients such as Wells Fargo, 511, Ghirardelli Square, and Jazz in the Neighborhood. She was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners, SF Chapter, for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay. Diana was a runner, hiker, and trained regularly with an outdoor fitness group. She found great peace and pleasure on the Marin hiking trails, a passion she shared with many of her friends. She was a great listener and offered support in wonderful ways - with a long hug, laughter, a story, or advice. Diana was warm, kind and absolutely hilarious. She leaves behind her family and countless friends and colleagues who will miss her greatly.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
Nicolai, Aldo J.  
Aldo J. Nicolai Long time San Anselmo resident, Dr. Aldo J. Nicolai, passed away on April 19, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 94. Dr. Nicolai was born October 28, 1921 in San Francisco, the son of Italian immigrants from whom he learned the importance of hard work and infectious laughter while helping in the family's grocery business. He met his wife, Betty, on a blind date while both were college freshman. After their marriage, they settled in San Francisco where he began his dental practice, later moving to San Rafael where Dr. Nicolai continued practicing until his retirement in 1993. He never considered dentistry work, often remarking, "If you love what you do, it's not work". He was an avid "do it yourself" devotee and enjoyed discussing remodeling projects and gardening with his patients and humming the song, "So Rare". Dr. Nicolai was preceded in death by his wife, Betty. He is survived by his daughters Maggie Festine of Beaverton, OR; Marilyn Dwyer of Eugene, OR; Susan (Richard) Kerr of Seattle, WA; Patti Johnstone and Nancy Nicolai, both of Novato; ten grand- children, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his long time companion, Helen Austin. The family requests memorial contributions to To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 367, Kentfield, CA or Lourdes Convent. 77 Locust Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. At his request, private family services have been held.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016
Rivera C.S.N., Sister Teresa Ann  
Sister Teresa Ann Rivera C.S.N. Of Nazareth House San Rafael, CA passed away on April 23, 2016. Rosary at 6:30 PM on May 2nd and Funeral Mass at 10:30AM May 3rd at Nazareth Chapel, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery following the mass. Sister will be missed by her community, friends, and relatives. Condolences at AdobeCreekFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
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