FERNANDO BARREIRO
Fernando Luis Barreiro Dec 5, 1937 - Jun 13, 2012 Fernando Luis Barreiro, age 74, passed away peacefully of a sudden heart attack at home in the arms of his wife, Robin Roth. He was born in Manhattan to Fernando Sr. and Adria Barreiro, with brothers Joe, and Jimmy (deceased). He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York, earned his MSW at SF State, and became an LCSW. Fernando was a writer and an intellectual with a great sense of class consciousness that he brought to everything he did. A bold thinker and adventurer, he moved to CA to live on the land in Sonoma in the ¿70s before moving to San Francisco where he became deeply involved in the socialist and union movements. He helped countless families while working for the City as a Child & Family therapist, starting as a Community Health Worker and becoming Director of Mission Mental Health Child & Family Clinic. There, he and Robin met and fell in love during union meetings. Retiring from the City, he worked in SF Kaiser's Psychiatry dept. and was instrumental in organizing the social workers into a union. Fernando fearlessly spoke truth to power. He had great politics and could explain complex issues in ways all could understand. He was an avid hiker and flâneur with a great love of nature. He passed on his values and love of learning to his children Rio and Ivy. Fernando was the radical anti-patriarchal patriarch of an extended family connected by love and community - we will miss him deeply. His memorial service will be held at Driscoll's Mortuary at 1465 Valencia St. on Wed. 6/20 at 3 p.m. reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please buy yourself a good book at Green Apple.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2012.
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Robin,
We just heard today of Fernando's death. Please accept our condolences on your loss, and feelings of solidarity with you, Rio and Ivy.
Fernando was one of the people who helped me make the transition from the East to the West Coast, and I remember our days together in activist art and culture circles fondly.
Fernando Barreiro, ¡presente!
Bill, Vincenza, Damico and Rosa
Bill Shields
July 6, 2012
Dear Robin,
I am so sorry and sad to hear about Fernando. I send you lots of love, healing energy and prayers.
Peggy
Peggy Handler
June 24, 2012
hello robin - very sorry to hear the sad news - what a fascinating man fernando was! nancy
Nancy Miller
June 20, 2012
Hi Robin,

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Fernando was a good man who we will miss. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family and please let us know if you need anything. Auto Dynamik will buy a good bood at Green Apple in honor of Fernando.

Sincerely,

Hami, Cynthia, Jesus, Jorge, and Rachel
Auto Dynamik
Auto Dynamik
June 20, 2012
I am so sorry to here of this incredible loss, to Robin, their family and the community of San Francisco.
all my love
Berba
(Barbara Renwick)
June 20, 2012
Dear Robin,
I just heard the shocking news of Fernando's death. I am so very sorry for you and your family and so very sad to learn of this loss. I send much love, and offers of help in any way needed.
Eileen Goldman
June 19, 2012
Sending love and kindest best wishes to Robin, Rio, and Ivey

joani marinoff
June 19, 2012
I am very grateful that I moved to the Bay Area and was able to spend some time with Fernando while he was with us. He was an important and dearly beloved force in my life.
Erica Straus
June 17, 2012
Sending best wishes and strength to Robin, Rio & Ivy.
Terry Hall
June 17, 2012
My deepest sympathies to Robin and her family. Fernando will be very missed by so many in the community.
Misha
June 17, 2012
Fernando Barreiro was one of my three best friends. He made my life larger and more beautiful. Along with being a writer and a constantly questioning intellectual, he was an artist in life. Some of my greatest memories are dining with him and Robin at their home where there was so much goodwill and camaraderie ( along with some terrific food and beverages). Fernando was also a classy and classical storyteller. He and I shared international literature for over thirty years, a great joy in both of our lives. His quest for knowledge,his great sense of humor, and his limitless compassion for humanity past and present helped make me and many others better people. I will miss him beyond measure, yet I will take the memories of the great person he was and remember and celebrate him.
Ernie Brill
June 17, 2012
Such a warm and brilliant light. We cared about many of the same issues and people, and Fernando was always supportive and committed. He and Robin were a beautiful couple, beautifully matched. As part of their extended community, I miss him already, but his memory is indelible.
Ellen Shaffer
June 17, 2012
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