Sept. 22, 1941 - Nov. 9, 2012
Herbert, 71, born Sept. 22, 1941 passed Nov. 9, 2012 from pancreatic cancer in Napa. Herb was born in Bronx, New York to Rocco Ferdinando de Grassi and Nora Charlotte Applebaum. Herb graduated from Cal Berkeley California with a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics. His work was computer programming, teaching and Santa Claus.
Herb's son, Benjamin Frederick Masterson de Grasse (Bennie) was born Dec. 6, 1983. Herb married his beloved wife, Caren Rae Monson (Ren R.W. Monson) June 23, 1990, then moved to American Canyon. Herb was son-in-law to Raymond and Evelyn Rey Monson.
Herb attended diabetic, cancer, Unitarian Universalist groups and volunteered at Grip and Spiral. He wrote stories, poetry, songs and made films. Herb loved cats, hiking, was compassionate, loving and spiritual.
Services are 2 p.m., Jan. 5, 2013 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington, CA. Memories shared at www.tulocaycemetery.org
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Dec. 30, 2012