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Gary Encinas


1949 - 2015
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Gary Pete Encinas

June 8, 1949 - May 23, 2015

Gary P. Encinas, retired PG&E corporate attorney, long-time East Bay resident,
and supporter of wide-ranging Bay Area cultural organizations, died May 23 at his Oakland home after a lengthy battle with cancer. In addition to his husband, James W. Wright, Gary leaves behind his mother, Arduina Smith (nee Donati), his stepfather, Bill Smith, and his half-brother, Charles A. Smith. Gary's father, Angelo M. Encinas, predeceased him in 2011.

Born June 8, 1949 in Madera, California, Gary attended Richmond High School and graduated in 1967 from Sierra High School in Tollhouse. He attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1967-1970, and graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago in1972, with a B.S. degree in Anthropology.

In 1975, Gary graduated from Harvard Law School and returned to the Bay Area where he worked as an associate attorney at Lillick, McHose & Charles. In 1977, he began a long and productive career in the legal departments of PG&E Company and PG&E Corporation.

Gary was PG&E Corporation's Chief Counsel, Corporate Law Department, when he retired in 2008. He was instrumental in steering PG&E through the bankruptcy case precipitated by the 2000-2001 energy crisis. He was a treasured and valued colleague to many at PG&E.

Gary was a longstanding supporter of the San Francisco Opera and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He studied harpsichord and Italian, and was a talented cook and generous host.

Along with his husband, Jim, Gary traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He made new and lasting friends wherever he went. Gary was magnetic and had an audacious, playful sense of humor that put people at ease. Dapper, deeply kind and cultured, Gary left a measurable, lasting impact on his many friends and his family.

A memorial service is scheduled for June 28, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, 94610. Donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Horizons Foundation, www.horizonsfoundation.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 31, 2015
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