William Leo Newman Jr.
Feb.17, 1925 - Apr. 30, 2013
Resident of Capitola
Bill Newman, 88, passed away in his home overlooking Monterey Bay. His beloved wife Ann preceded him by 2 years and 4 days. He was survived by his 10 children, 23 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Bill was born in San Francisco, raised in Glendale, CA, joined the Navy during WW II, and attended USF and Stanford. After many years teaching physics and math at Saratoga High School, he went on to lead workshops for Quality Control Circles.
Always a champion of the underdog, Bill was often seen in his cowboy hat and faded blue jeans campaigning for his favorite causes, or picking up trash on the beach. Late in life he became a tireless advocate for rent control and affordable housing in Capitola, particularly in the Surf and Sand Community. He was loved by many for his warm, welcoming spirit and dry sense of humor, and he was perhaps admired most for his willingness to question the status quo and stand up for what he believed was right.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon, June 2nd, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz, CA 95062, with a reception immediately following at the same location.
In lieu of flowers or contributions, please support one of Bill's favorite causes: St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 205 Mora St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831) 459-6712; or Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 278-2160; or your favorite environmental group.