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William Robert Callas

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William Robert Callas
August 2, 1923 - November 28, 2017
Resident of Redwood City
William Robert Callas passed away on November 28, 2017 at the age of 94. William ("Bill") was born on August 2, 1923 in San Francisco, the only child of Chris and Katie Callas. Bill graduated from Balboa High School in 1941 and was soon drafted into the US Army Medical Corp where he rose to the rank of Sergeant, responsible for the re-conditioning of wounded soldiers. After the war, Bill studied at SF State University and earned Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Education. While there, Bill excelled in both basketball and soccer and was named Most Outstanding Athlete of 1949. In 1947, Bill met his wife Evelyn, and they were married in 1950. They lived in San Francisco until moving to Redwood City in 1954, where they raised their family of five children. Evelyn was the love of his life, and they were married for 66 wonderful years. Bill was a physical education teacher and coach for 60 years, including 50 years in Redwood City at Kennedy Junior High (1958-1983) and Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1984-2008). Bill truly enjoyed teaching and coaching, and was a firm believer in the importance of physical fitness and he instilled the same in his students. Bill touched many young lives and always enjoyed reminiscing with former students. Bill is preceded in death by Evelyn and is survived by his loving children, Chris, Leslie, Jim, Carolyn, and Cathy, his 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church at 10110 North De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Legion or Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 3, 2017
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