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Josh Marc Alper
Oct. 24, 1973 - Nov. 2, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz
It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Josh Alper. Josh was killed while biking on Highway 1 just north of Santa Cruz on Saturday morning, November 2.
Josh was born October 24, 1973 in Palo Alto, Ca. Josh attended El Carmelo Elementary School, JLS Middle School, and Palo Alto High School where he graduated in 1991. He graduated from UCSC Stevenson College in 1998 with a degree in Literature. He began work in the University Library in November of 2005. Josh was passionate about his work in Interlibrary Loan and took great joy and satisfaction in being able to help students and faculty with their research. Josh was an incredibly kind, genuine, and generous human being, which was clear to everyone who interacted with him.
Josh delighted in the absurd. He was immersed in the Santa Cruz local music scene starting at Stevenson College and continued to compose, collaborate on, and perform music. His musical projects included Love Story, The Lowdown, Whysp, The Art Museums and The Fruit Stripe Band and many, many others. He curated a personal collection of mod, psychedelic, and folk revival music and artifacts; he was a cyclist and recently rebuilt a vintage steel frame bicycle. He was a devoted husband to his wife Annette Marines, a librarian at UCSC, and son to Marsha and Ted Alper of Palo Alto. Numerous remembrances have been shared on Facebook. We will miss Josh in so many ways.
All friends and family are invited to the funeral at 10 a.m. at Soquel Cemetery (Beit Olam Section)on Old San Jose Road in Soquel (across the street from Anna Jean Cummings Park), and the memorial at 2:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd. Los Altos Hills.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 7, 2013
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