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Ira S. Katz

Gilroy, California

Jun 17, 1947 – Sep 26, 2018


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Habing Family Funeral Home Obituary

Ira, 71, of Soledad, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  Private family services will be held. 

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I will always have pleasant memories of Ira, who was personable, wise, patient and down to earth. His service in Chinese American Citizens Alliance at both the local and national level leaves a legacy of community advocacy that will stand. Connie, we celebrated Salinas Lodge anniversary together almost two weeks ago, but now am saddened by the news of your loss. May Ira rest in peace. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

First let me say that my heart is with you, Connie and all of Iras family, during this time of loss and change. I will forever have gratitude in my heart for having met and worked with Ira who has been a profound and permanent influence on me and my work inside the prison. He was a most unique and powerful person of enormous influence on so many. In speaking with a number of his previous patients, some who later became my own patients when he left his prison work, I realized that he had this...

I had the privilege of getting to know Ira in the past five years of his life. He was amazing as he held the pain of his condition to himself, entered actively into conversations, laughed, enjoyed everyone, new acquaintance or old, joined in celebrating holidays and holy days, spoke freely of his upbringing and life -- Connie and Ira were a team and my heart is with YOU, Connie, as you enter into this new phase of life without both your mom and Ira -- two very large absences which you will...

Dear Connie and family, I'm sadden about the news of Ira's passing. I was fortunate to have know him in recent years through C.A.C.A. and enjoyed our discussions on history, culture, politics. He was a font of knowledge, perspective and wisdom and he will be dearly missed. Thank you for your hospitality when I would venture with Eugene and Susan to San Francisco for the quarterly National Board meetings and we would be welcomed for a stop to Soledad. They were memorable gatherings at your...