Alice Pomeroy

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Alice Pomeroy Alice Pomeroy, 63, died suddenly Friday, August 26th, 2016, after she fell while hiking with her husband Dave in Switzerland. Alice's values were shaped by her family. An only child, she was born Alice Metz in 1953 in New York City and lived in Queens. Her father John Metz was a bricklayer who immigrated to New York from Denmark following World War II. John's family are Danish Jews who survived the Nazi occupation by crossing the sound to Sweden for much of the war. John fought with the Danish resistance against the Nazis as a young teen and left Denmark after the war for Guam to look for work. He paused in New York when he met Alice's mother Charlotte Feinberg at a boarding house. Charlotte was the daughter of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants who came to this country fleeing poverty and oppression. Charlotte worked for the Red Cross in support of the war effort, and later became an educator and academic counselor who specialized in English literature. At age nine, Alice and her parents moved to Denmark because her father's health was failing and they could not afford medical care in the United States. When John could no longer work in construction, he opened the first dry cleaning business in Copenhagen. He died in Denmark when Alice was 12, but she remained there with her mother until she left for university in England and ultimately San Diego. Following her 1974 graduation from Cal Western, Alice moved to Los Angeles and met her husband Dave in Santa Monica in 1979. They married in 1981 and moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1982 when Dave took a job there as a Deputy DA. Alice was a dedicated and well-respected employee of the County working primarily for Family Court Services until she retired in 2015 to travel and spend time with her children. She volunteered at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and also with SLO Womenade packing food for disadvantaged kids. Alice loved Denmark and its language and culture and was fluent in Danish. She studied music, language, art history and theater. She had sophisticated tastes in art and literature, perfect pitch and a lovely singing voice. She loved movies, and had a superhuman ability to recall the names of all the actors and directors of most films. She was an expert cook and she relished fine food. Alice was a devoted lifelong Beatles fan, and was in love with Paul McCartney, a reality her husband accepted. Alice felt deeply for those who suffered pain or injustice. She was an adamant atheist, but she never begrudged anyone their faith. She believed that we only get one life, and she wanted to enjoy all that it has to offer - especially family and butter. She was passionate about travel, especially to Europe, and she died doing what she loved most. She had a generous, kind and caring heart that will live on in the people she touched and be passed on to others. She was simply the very best person any of us in her family have ever known. She is survived by her husband Dave Pomeroy, her children Jane and John Pomeroy, and their husbands Craig Jacobson and Caleb Nichols. In lieu of flowers, Alice would want you to donate to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Sept. 11, 2016
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