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George Miller fished, sheltered Synanon kids

07/22/2010
Dozens of yellow sticky notes plaster the inside of George Miller’s cabinet door—random reflections, poems, an appeal to resolve some long-forgotten domestic squabble. A more recent note stuck on top of several others reads, “I love you. Let’s be happy. I can’t stand all the gloom.” Others read, “Compassion is...

George Miller fished, sheltered Synanon kids

07/22/2010
Dozens of yellow sticky notes plaster the inside of George Miller’s cabinet door—random reflections, poems, an appeal to resolve some long-forgotten domestic squabble. A more recent note stuck on top of several others reads, “I love you. Let’s be happy. I can’t stand all the gloom.” Others read, “Compassion is...

Julie Tisch, Inverness gardener and painter, 1941 - 2010

07/15/2010
Longtime Inverness resident Julie Tisch, a teacher, housepainter, and member of the Garden Club, passed away in her sleep last week on July fourth in her Bisbee, Arizona home. She was 69. Over the last week, Julie’s daughter, Suzanne, received dozens of emails from neighbors and friends saying how much...

Julie Tisch, Inverness gardener and painter, 1941—2010

07/15/2010
Longtime Inverness resident Julie Tisch, a member of the Garden Club and master faux painter, passed away in her sleep last week in her Bisbee, Arizona home. She was 69. Over the last week, Julie’s daughter, Suzanne, received dozens of emails from neighbors and friends saying how much they will...

"Treehouse" John Banushki, 1952 - 2010

07/08/2010
Legendary Bolinas street person “Treehouse” John Banushki passed away last Saturday morning, clutching a picture of himself as a high school gymnast and smelling the mix of fresh scrambled eggs and the decay of the derelict seaside house in which he spent the last years of his life. Friends say...

Jim Grossi, patriarch of West Marin dairymen

07/01/2010
James Joseph Grossi, West Marin patriarch and pillar of the ranching community, passed away last week at age 98. Born in Novato, Jim worked, married and raised four children there; his children raised children of their own, who in turn had children—and they all loved Jim. “It was very important...

Maria Donna Lopez 1954 – 2010

05/13/2010
Maria Donna Lopez, a Miwok Indian who grew up and raised a family in Point Reyes, passed away last week at age 56 after a ten-year struggle with kidney failure. Maria will be remembered for her powerful spirit, loving personality and untiring optimism in the face of tribulation. “She was...

Barbara Pace 1916 - 2010

04/15/2010
Barbara Pace, a singer and botanist who hosted classical music concerts in her Bolinas garden for the last 40 years, passed away during the Easter afternoon storm. She was 94. Friends remember Barbara for her graciousness, humor and reserve. “She was a woman of indomitable will. You couldn’t stop her...

Bud Johnson, 1914 - 2010

03/25/2010
Burton “Bud” Hartwell Johnson passed away January 28 in his Petaluma home. Bud lost his sweet Carolyn just two years ago, and now has joined her and his son Richard in the heavens. We know he is thankful for the support of family and friends that cared for him through...

Dick Mathews 1934-2010

03/04/2010
Dick Matthews, unofficial mayor of Inverness, glass tradesman, perpetual host and father of seven, passed away last week. He was 76. “He was a hard workin’ fella that stressed politeness and giving,” said Dick’s brother, John “Jack” Matthews. “He liked hunting, fishing, partying and athletics—and he was exceptionally good at...

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