Dec. 2, 1949 - March 30, 2015
John A. Bergez—book editor, teacher, mentor, storyteller—died of cancer March 30, 2015, in Pacifica. He was 65.
John was born Dec. 2, 1949, to Ray and Laurette Bergez in San Francisco. He spent most of his life in San Francisco and Pacifica. He also lived on the Monterey Peninsula, getting his publishing start at Brooks/Cole in 1976.
John had a long, varied career as a developmental editor in nonfiction. Known by many as an "author's editor," he excelled at getting the best work out of an author, whether the books were educational, scholarly, professional, or general trade. In addition to editing, John wrote a number of books for struggling readers in middle school and high school. One of John's favorite editing collaborations was with Randy Reinstedt, whose colorful stories of mysterious events on the Monterey Peninsula are known to many.
To combine his love of editing with that of mentoring and teaching, John designed and taught numerous editing courses for 30 years in the Bay Area and led workshops for organizations, companies, and academic programs. Reaching out to mentor once more, in 1998 John became a dedicated literacy tutor for the Pacifica public schools.
An unassuming, gentle, and wise man, John shared his enthusiasms freely, delighting and inspiring almost everyone he touched, whether the subject was baseball, philosophy, pedagogy, or poetry.
John is survived by his wife Jeanne Woodward, his daughter Cybele, his granddaughter Amelie, siblings Ray, Denise, Michael, and Ron, and stepchildren Chris, David, and Michaela Woodward. John was preceded in death by his parents and by his older brother, Paul.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Wildlife Conservation Network's Elephant Crisis Fund or to the charity of your choice
. A memorial celebration is pending.
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Published by Monterey Herald Obits on Apr. 12, 2015.