Richard Mann
1933 - 2016
Richard Mann

January 21, 1933 - May 6, 2016

(George) Richard Mann of Novato, California, passed away at home on Friday, May 6, 2016. Born on January 21, 1933 in San Francisco, California to George M. and Vivian Mann, Richard lived most of his life in San Francisco and Marin County. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1950, and went on to receive his Bachelor 's Degree in Economics at Stanford University in 1954. He served in the United States Navy, and then came home to work for his father's business, Redwood Theatres, Inc. He took the helm of the family business in 1963.

Richard married Katheryn Jensen in 1955, and was an amazing and inspiring father to their children: Randall Bechler, Michael Bechler, Leilani (Mann) Solheim , George M. Mann, and Lydia M. Mann, and their spouses. Each of them will hold him in their hearts forever. He was also beloved by his 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren who will always remember him as their "Gumby". He leaves behind his cherished companion of 31 years, Linda Giovannini, and his sisters Vivian Barry and Diana Gilman, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Richard was a passionate and educated man who loved sailing, traveling, skiing, historical books, classic automobiles, airplanes, ships, movies, good food, and especially Coca-Cola.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Variety Children's Charity or Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.

The family wishes to thank the Visiting Angels for their loving and compassionate care during his final weeks.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 9 to Jun. 12, 2016.
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A true gentleman. God rest his soul.
Jim Oakes
June 3, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Richards passing, what a delightful, fun loving, kind and generous man. He was a very positive man who only saw the good in all of us. He touched our lives in positive way, we are forever grateful. God's blessing to all.
Gino and Louise Tambellini
February 22, 2017
We just learned the sad news of Richard's passing. Our condolences to Richard's family and Linda. We met Richard and Linda on a cruise about 10 years ago and we kept in touch with them after we returned home, he was a wonderful person, we are glad we had a chance to know him. May he rest in peace.
Kathy Hall and Leslie Murock
December 16, 2016
Richard was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Dave Corkill
July 6, 2016
Garrett, Rosanna, Vincent & Sterling Bechler
June 22, 2016
Our dearest friend Linda lost her companion of over 30 years, and we lost Richard's friendship. He was a man of many accomplishments, great work ethics, his desire to sail, own classic cars, travel the world, and enjoy the arts from opera, to museums, great books, and of course, his passion for theaters and movies. Richard was very interesting to talk to and always so kind and generous. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
With our sympathy,
Robert and Barbara Venturi
Robert/Barbara Venturi
June 16, 2016
Thank you everyone. He was a wonderful father, and I miss him every day.
Leilani Solheim
June 11, 2016
You have always been, and always will be, the best Gumby that anyone could've ever asked for... We love you and miss you
Molly Anderson
June 11, 2016
Rick Bradley
June 10, 2016
Rick Bradley
June 10, 2016
If I hadn't had to repeat the 4th grade at San Rafael Military Academy after leaving Grant Grammar School, I would have been in Richard's 1950 Lowell High School class instead of 1951. While I did not know him he is there in my 1950 Red & White yearbook, with the listing, "Dick was Football and Basketball Manager and a member of C.F.S. He just completed a trip around the world with his parents."
We also were in the Navy during Korean Service at about the same time.
My heart goes out to Linda and his family.
God Bless You, Frederick (Rick) W. Bradley
Rick Bradley
June 10, 2016
The last thing you wanted to do was take a 12 year old to the Stanford bonfire the night before the Big Game, but you were a perfect gentleman and took me. I'm sure you did it for your mother who was having a party that my parents and I attended. Thank you. From one Navy man to another, "fair winds and following seas."
Jim Oakes, Jr.
June 10, 2016
June 10, 2016
Molly Anderson
June 10, 2016
Molly Anderson
June 10, 2016
I miss you Gumby. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You will always be my best friend. I love you.
Tanja Werle
June 10, 2016
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