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George Francis Gallagher (1919 — 2011), an energetic rancher

04/28/2011
George Francis “Dottie” Gallagher, one of the last great ranchers from a long-gone age, passed away peacefully in his Oregon home on April 14. He was 92.George was a generous, hardworking man who spent nearly all of his life on the family ranch in Nicasio, where he raised cattle and...

Gary Cheda, (1950 - 2011) — a white knight in a yellow truck

04/07/2011
Gary Cheda, a man who lived his entire life in West Marin, helping visitors and locals alike with his yellow tow truck, passed away last week on March 29 from cancer. He was 61. Gary was a hardworking family man, who enjoyed his life and his work. He found joy...

Jonathan Rowe, a life uncommon

03/31/2011
Jonathan Rowe, a prolific writer and social philosopher, passed away suddenly on March 20, from a blood infection. He was 65. Most people in West Marin knew Jon from his weekly KWMR radio show, America Offline, or as the co-founder of West Marin Commons and the Tomales Bay Institute. A...

Brian D. Smith - In Memoriam

03/17/2011
Brian D. Smith, a renowned real estate lawyer who led the London office of law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, died suddenly in London after suffering a brain hemorrhage on March 2, 2011. He was 60 years old. He is survived by his partner and soul mate, Josefina Jimenez, and their...

Susan Storch, 1939 – 2011, remembered

03/03/2011
Suzanne Storch, a woman much loved in West Marin and the numerous places she traveled, passed away last month from cancer. She was 71. Suzanne’s life was filled with triumph and sadness. A brilliant entrepreneur, Suzanne led an accomplished and tremendous life. “She loved the community. She loved people. She...

Nancy Ducey, 1948 – 2010

01/27/2011
Nancy Ducey, a San Geronimo Valley woman whose tender touch reached everyone in her community, passed away from breast cancer on January 17. She was 62. Nancy was a happy person. She loved to laugh, even as she was struggling to beat her illness. For decades Nancy worked to help...

Robin Miller, Point Reyes family man and pillar, 1955 – 2010

01/20/2011
Longtime Bolinas resident Robin Miller passed away on December 20 from lung cancer. He was 55. Robin was a devoted husband and father, who abandoned his native Texas for the beauty and people of West Marin. “Robin was a wonderful guy. He was always there for us,” said friend Linda...

Missy Patterson, 1927 – 2010

01/06/2011
Rosalie “Missy” Patterson, a caring mother of 11 who lived with ferocity and purpose, passed away on December 19 at age 83. Missy was a pillar of the community, speaking up for the less fortunate and voicing her opinion with blunt honesty. She worked for 28 years as a receptionist...

Bill Booras, Point Reyes Station artist, 1919 – 2010

12/23/2010
Bill Booras, a masterful artisan, skilled photographer and perennial adoptive father, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 8 from probable lung cancer. He was 91. While no shrinking violet—he was an Army man that enjoyed his evening cocktail—Bill was a consummate gentleman who lived by an unyielding code of standards...

Mary Moser, linguist, artist and friend

12/16/2010
Mary Moser, a woman with a passionate exuberance for life and radiant joie de vivre, passed away on December 3 at her home in Inverness. A fierce survivor, she had been dealing with cancer for more than 12 years. When Mary had a fall the day after Thanksgiving, she thought...

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