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William Oskar Goggins

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Photo William "Billy," "Bill," Oskar "W.O." Goggins Was suddenly taken by the angels Sunday, July 30, 2006, in SF. Born May 10, 1963, St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco. First home in mother and father's one- room honeymoon cabin on Sunshine Valley Road, Moss Beach. First steps in Golden Gate Park. First dog paddle on Shoreline, Alameda. First extensive trip in family car to Montana. Kindergarten in Marinwood, then Old Mill School, Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, where he graduated as a national merit scholar and salutatorian. Bill attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, then took a working stint as manager of the Mill Valley Book Depot Café, bar manager at Avenue Grill, Mill Valley, and bar manager at Embarko, San Francisco. He also volunteered at St. Anthony Foundation in the Tenderloin, providing free meals for the homeless. Bill graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications and philosophy from San Francisco State University. Bill played soccer at Tam High and tutored younger students from Mill Valley and Marin City. He was a volleyball player at Stinson Beach, and surfed in Bolinas. He was a freelance runner and punner. Billy was a minimalist and never owned a car. He walked, bused, ran with panache. His work in journalism began at KALW radio, proceeding from there to the San Francisco Weekly of old, where he found acclaim as a reviewer of stage and screen. Bill thrived at WIRED for 10 years, where he retired as deputy editor in 2006. Bill recently enjoyed consulting with the new magazine "TODO." Bill was a linguist (German, Spanish and Bill-English) and traveler - visiting Tunisia, the Philippines, Bahamas, Mexico, and all over the United States and Europe. He was a dual citizen of the US and Ireland. Billy was a deeply loved member of a very close family and pivotal in developing a Goggins credo of participation: "When you get one Goggins you get them all." Billy boosted his mother and father in their educational work in art and dialog with American Indians and the Irish community. Bill was a man of grace. He chipped in for everyone. Bill married Joey White in Mill Valley in spring of 1996. He is survived by parents, Pat and Ute Goggins, Mill Valley; sisters, Catherine Goggins Rendon, Berkeley, Aimee Goggins, San Francisco, and wife, Joanna White, New York. He was the caring uncle of Cathy and Paul Rendon's children, Lina Rose and Dominic Chester. He is also survived by Great Uncle Hubert Goggins, Havre, MT, Great Aunt Teddy Olson, Clancy, MT, Great Uncle Werner and Aunt Irmgard Schwarz, Germany, as well as many cousins and friends in the Bay Area, Montana, numerous other states, Ireland and Germany. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 4th at 7 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Ave., downtown Mill Valley, followed at 8 pm by a celebration of Billy across the street at the Outdoor Art Club. There will be an open viewing for those who wish to see Bill from 4-6:30 pm at the church. Donations may be made in Bill's name to St. Anthony Dining Room, 45 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2006
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