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Manfred (Fred) Speier
91, enjoyed a full and joyous life before passing away on September 3rd, surrounded by his adoring family. Loving husband for almost 60 years of the late Nancy Speier; devoted father of Jackie Speier and Barry Dennis and Eric and Laurel Speier; engaging grandfather of Jackson, Stephanie, Erica, and Katie and great-grandfather of Sarah Swanson.
Fred was a proud naturalized American citizen who came to the United States from Germany and never looked back. At the age of 15 he saw the movie "San Francisco" with Clarke Gable and decided then and there he would make his home in the City by the Bay. He had a profound work ethic and boasted that he had landed a job within two hours of arriving in the City as a newcomer. He worked as a nurse, a short order cook at Foster's, a driver for Loomis Armored Car and a manager for Stewart Sandwiches. In later years he assisted his wife Nancy as she taught adult education upholstery for over 40 years in San Mateo County. Fred was a man of strength- in his convictions, his principles and his opinions. He loved to talk and regaled his family and friends with colorful stories of his life, some of which were probably embellished.
He was sharp to the end, staying up on current events as a devoted listener of KGO and avid watcher of CNN. He enjoyed his final years at Sterling Court where he loved the residents and staff, especially chef Denis Simon. Caregivers Hilda Cruz and Kathy Paulsen comforted him in his final days. As an immigrant, his passion and love for this country is poignantly depicted by his final wish - to be buried in a simple pine box draped by the American Flag.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life with a Funeral Mass on Saturday, September 8th at 10:00am at St. Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Donations in his memory may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society or Community Gatepath of Redwood City.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sep. 5 to Sep. 6, 2012.
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September 13, 2012

Dear Jackie and Family,

I was fortunate to have known your Father for over 35 years- they have been Dear Friends to me... We all had some great laughs together...He will be missed very much.

My deepest condolence to you and your loved ones.

{Jantina Van Fleet}
~ ^ Jantina Van Fleet ^,
September 6, 2012
Dear Jackie & Entire Family,

I wish to extend my Sincere Sympathy in the loss of your loved one...over 20yrs Fred has ^always^ made me laugh with his interesting stories-visiting while I lived in CA or over the phone. Found memories and fun pictures of us all--- will be in my Heart have been apart of their lives,I am very "Thankful" to have known them-they will be deeply missed. My Mum, is Jantina Van Fleet-they were wonderful friends and she will be adding her insight into the guestbook,soon.
My Heartfelt Condolences and in Friendship from, *Anita J Van Fleet* (9.6.2012)
*Anita J. Van Fleet*
September 6, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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