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Stephen Osborne


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Stephen John Osborne

Jan 6, 1947 - Nov 23, 2018

Stephen Osborne passed away at the hospital surrounded by family on Friday, November 23rd at the age of 71. He was born on January 6, 1947 in San Francisco. Stephen graduated with a degree in history at Wayne State University, and continued studying engineering, completing a masters at UC Berkeley and becoming a professional engineer. Throughout his career he always held himself to the highest ethical standards of his profession.

In his personal and professional life he sought meaningful connections. His work brought him to Brazil, Algeria, Sicily and Belgium and he learned the basics of Arabic and Portuguese to be able to communicate on a personal level with the locals. Stephen worked very hard, but was primarily a family man. He lived as great example of what a husband and father could be. He married Beatrice Osborne in 1974, who he met in Morocco while volunteering for the Peace Corps. They had their first son Oliver in 1976, and their second son Roland in 1979.

Upon his retirement in 2012 he continued to thrive. He loved art, poetry, music, and could speak 3 languages. He developed many interests at the Fromm Institute, and continued studying Spanish and technology at his local community college. He remained politically involved and was a dedicated member of the Unitarian Church. He spent every opportunity with his grandchildren. He loved to watch them discover the world, and could often be heard singing or reciting french poetry to them.

He is survived by his wife and 2 children and 2 grandchildren, and will be greatly missed until the end of their days. A memorial service will be held at Mt Diablo Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek on Dec 1 at 2pm. Donations to his favorite charity may be made in his name to Casa Juan Diego, https://cjd.org/.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 29, 2018
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