William-Brand-Obituary

In Memory Of

William Brand

Oakland, California

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Jim Snavely

April 04, 2013 | Oro Valley, AZ

I went to Henry Clay School and WFB High School. I remember Mr. Brand very fondly. I learned a lot from him on and off the court. He was a great man.

Barbara (Norton) Snell

April 28, 2009 | Boise, ID

Bill and I were friends and classmates in Scottsbluff. We had lost touch after graduation but when my husband recently passed away, Bill was one of the first to extend sympathy and encouraging words to me. I now extend my sympathy and prayers to his family. I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. He will be missed.

April 27, 2009

I was a classmate of Bill's and am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you in his family. Nancy (Chapman) Hoagland

Gwendolyn Johnson

March 27, 2009 | Hayward, CA

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Judy Java

March 14, 2009 | Quincy, CA

Bill and I worked together at the Contra Costa Times in the early 80's with Jack Winning, Nancy Ward and the rest of the crew. It was an exciting time. We were in pursuit of excellence and we won many awards. Bill ran the copy desk with an iron hand in a velvet glove and was an island of sanity for me as the new real estate editor. He was a great newsman and he'll be greatly missed. Please convey my regards to his family.

Gregory Daurer

March 07, 2009 | Denver, CO

Bill Brand at work in Denver in 2004.

Bill: Many thanks for letting me take photos for your Great American Beer Festival columns (2004-2008). I appreciated being a part of your team. I’m going to miss your wit and banter. I’m glad we had the chance to celebrate together. Farewell, my friend.

Paul Juster

March 04, 2009 | Dublin, CA

I have only been in the Bay Area a couple of years, but I really enjoyed Bill's column! As a beer connoisseur, I read Bill's column to get information on places to buy great beer! I will miss him dearly.....Rest In Peace, Bill!

Jerry Kaufman

March 01, 2009 | Colorado Springs, CO

I met Bill Brand and his brother Dick back in 1940's, after WWII ended. We attended Victory Hill School together, and I knew his dad too.

I attended Scottsbluff High School and Scottsbluff Jr College with Bill Brand. I last saw him in the spring of 1957.

I also knew his first wife, Janice Ann Johnson, and her family. I would like to send my condolences to that family as well.

He was a very nice person. A friend of mine, just notified me of Bill's demise, and I...

Tony Simmons

February 28, 2009 | Pagosa Springs, CO

We knew Bill from the craftbrewing industry and always enjoyed both his company and regular beer articles. Many brewers and beer appreciators will be saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. From a personal perspective, Bill made a huge difference in my life and career. Bill was one of the judges of our first nationally award-winning beer, Poor Richard’s Ale. Bill provided me invaluable feedback and support. Since then, we’d stayed in contact mostly by email and we were hoping to catch-up at...

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