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.