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Andre Victor Tolpegin

October 18, 1928 - December 24, 2017

Andre Victor Tolpegin won his fight against Parkinson's and heart disease on December 24, 2017, at his home in Sonoma, California, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Andre was born in San Francisco October 18, 1928 to Victor and Elena Tolpegin, who emigrated from Russia in 1918. Andre was a warrior early; he beat TB as a child and continued on to a wonderful childhood, attending Alamo School, Tamalpais Park Elementary, Mt. Tamalpais High School and College of Marin. Andre attended University of California Berkeley through the G.I. Bill (US Army 1946-47, Victory Medal, WWII and 36 years in American Legion) and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1951. His love of law subsequently helped him to graduate with a JD from UC Hastings Law School.
Having a deep love for the outdoors and the wondrous Sierra Mountains, Andre served in the US Forest Service from 1945 – 1953. Any given weekend you could spot Andre biking thru the hills of the Presidio and the Marin Headlands, golfing, bbq-ing with friends, skiing at Tahoe, fishing on the Feather River or organizing a pick-up game of neighborhood football on 25th Ave. He had an eye for photography and a taste for great wine. His lifelong hobby, he made two wines; "Lobos Creek" (Cabernet) and "Dos Lobos"(Zinfandel).
Honored as one of "San Francisco's Top Ten Lawyers" in 1989, Andre was a loyal member of the Theta Xi Fraternity, The Olympic Club, Bear Backers and Order of the Golden Bear, and was President of Sea Cliff Properties and in the Neighborhood Association for the Richmond. He was a lifelong member of the DNC.
Andre met the love of his life, Diana Doyle, in 1960 at a Young Republican's cocktail party he snuck into. They married on February 24, 1962 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in San Francisco. They lived and raised their children in Sea Cliff until 2004, when they retired to Sonoma.
The son of an SF Symphony musician, Andre was equally a fan of his beloved Cal Bears Marching Band as he was of the SF Symphony and Opera. He remained modern in his theatre going, seeing "Hamilton" just this past year; wanting to know "what all the fuss was about" (he loved it). His love for politics and history led him to publish Letters to the Editor frequently in the SF Chronicle and NY Times. Andre and Diana loved traveling, and visited many countries in Asia and Europe, including his ancestors' home of Russia. Andre was a fiercely loyal Cal Bear Alum and sports fan; with his beloved SF Giants, Warriors and 49ers taking up the rest of his sports attention.
Andre is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Diana, his cherished children Anne and Bill (Tanya Tolpegin) as well as his much-loved grandchildren, Vale and Nikolas. He filled our lives with adventure, laughter and love and his generous spirit will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. Go Bears!
There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Francis Solano Church, 469 Third St. West, Sonoma, CA 95476 on Saturday, January 13th at 12:30pm. A reception will follow at The Vintage House in Sonoma. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the above at https://vintagehouse.org/donate/

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2018
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