Some of our fellow classmates have passed on. If you know of any classmates / faculty that we may have missed, please send me an e-mail. I know it's a bummer to look at the past in this manner, however it must be done, as many people maybe looking for someone, not knowing that they have passed on. Thank you for your help in this matter and for your understanding.
John N. Romani was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, CA. Son to Peter and Doris Romani, John raised his daughters Jessica Romani, Milena Romani and son Gian Romani on the Coast. As a 3rd generation Coastsider, John was a Half Moon Bay High School Graduate who spent many years in Little League, playing guitar with two of his bands Hotel Heart and Karadja, and building homes on the Coastside. Recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer, John sadly lost the battle for his life in May 2013 after an arduous fight. John is survived by his wife Sally Romani, children Jessica, Milena, and Gian Romani, and four grandchildren.
We ask the community to please join us for a Benefit on June 2nd, 2013, at the Old Princeton Landing in Half Moon Bay at 2:00 pm to celebrate the life of John and show support for his family and friends. There will be a $25 donation at the door for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, live music and food provided. John was a long-time familiar face on the Coastside, known for his friendliness, quick laughter and warm smile; we hope to see some of the many faces John knew and touched throughout his lifetime. In addition, Service will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Our Lady of the Pillar from 7-8 pm. Family and friends welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Benefit for John N. Romani account under Sally A. Romani, John's wife, at First National Bank of No. California.
Chris Marian died unexpectedly on May 15 at his home in El Granada.
Chris was born in San Francisco and spent his first year in El Granada with his parents and older sister, Alicia. Moves with his corporate vagabond family followed to Dallas, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska. Chris and his family returned to California when Chris was 4 years old. Chris attended El Granada Elementary, Cunha Intermediate School and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. He was a student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University at the time of his death. He was passionate about his work at the SJSU newspaper, the Spartan Daily, and worked first as a reporter and later as opinion editor and copy editor.
He had a lifelong interest in science and technology, especially aviation, obtaining his private pilot’s license before he got his driver’s license. He was a member of the SJSU Precision Flight Team and flew in regional and national competitions with the team. Bare bow archery, computer games and books of all genres were also favorite pursuits.
Chris was an intelligent, articulate, creative, kind and funny person who is deeply missed by his family and friends.
No funeral services are planned. Ashes will be interred in the Mausoleum of the Sky at Skylawn Memorial Park. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
For anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, Chris was especially fond of rescued cats, and contributions to the Peninsula Humane Society (www.peninsulahumanesociety.org) would be a fitting remembrance.
Sarah E. Tigerman
Sarah E. Tigerman, a San Francisco resident and native of Half Moon Bay, passed away on Feb. 23 after a long illness.
Ms. Tigerman graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis, and worked with the developmentally disabled. Sarah had a passion for theater, helping with lighting and set construction for college and community productions.
She went on to earn a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, aiming to help people gain access to their rights. Sarah was an associate at the law firm Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and a research attorney with Alameda County Superior Court. She then became an associate with the education law firm Lozano Smith. She worked as a career counselor at Hastings from 2007 until 2012, when she retired due to her illness.
Sarah was passionately committed to a number of causes, including gay rights and environmental preservation. Much of her most precious time was spent in nature, especially on a beautiful, remote, wild property owned by the Tigerman family. Sarah had an adventurous spirit; she enjoyed travel and exploration right up until the end of her life. Sarah was generous with her time and love, maintaining close friendships from all stages of her life.
Ms. Tigerman is the daughter of Victor Tigerman, a former mayor of Half Moon Bay, who passed away in 2009, and Dorothy Tigerman, who passed away in 2004. She is survived by her partner Jenni Mork of San Francisco, her godchildren Jesi and Shayna, and a large circle of friends.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Nature Conservancy or the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 2:30 - 5:30 at the Joseph A. Fernekes Building, 781 Tennis Dr., South San Francisco. Light snacks will be served. Please plan to arrive by 2:30 p.m.
Laurence (Larry) Stockman
aurence (Larry) Stockman, 50, left this world but never our hearts. He was surrounded by family and friends at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Roseville, Calif., when he died due to complications of prostate cancer.
Born in Southern California to Lynn and Jack Stockman, he and his family moved to Half Moon Bay when Larry was 15. He graduated in 1981 from Half Moon Bay High School, after making countless friends there with his outgoing personality.
In 1994 Larry, Brenda and their children moved to Santa Rosa where they spent many happy chaotic years together. He worked in the sheet metal industry for 22 years, 15 as an HVAC journeyman installer at Alan Heating and Sheet Metal in Greenbrae. A year ago he moved to Sacramento in order to be closer to his family.
Larry will be especially remembered as an avid fisherman, die-hard San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan. He looked the happiest while on his boat bass fishing at Lake Sonoma or Clearlake. Hardworking, strong, loving and gentle, Larry loved his friends and family. He was always there to help out with household projects, kids or whatever else they might have needed.
Larry meant the world to so many. He lived his life to the fullest and will always be remembered for his hearty laugh, booming voice and gentle spirit.
Larry is survived by, was deeply devoted to, and especially proud of his three sons Joshua, Jonathan and Jerrod of Sacramento. He is also survived by friend, companion and mother of his children, Brenda Kearney, by his father, Jack Stockman, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and by siblings Randy Ludwig (Patty) of Alta Loma, Calif., Deborah Ludwig (Steve) of Ontario, Calif., and David Stockman of Half Moon Bay. Nieces and nephews include Krista, Sean, Devin, Amy and Tommy, and his grand-nieces and nephews are Arianna, Cadence, Daryl and Luke. He will be truly missed by his many loving friends as well. Larry is preceded in death by his mother, Lynn, who died on April 24, 1998.
A celebration of Larry’s life is being planned and will take place within the next few months in Half Moon Bay. Date and location will be announced later.
Our beloved son, Jasiri Stewart, son of Bobby and Rosemary Hutcherson, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. He is survived by his mother, Rosemary, father, Bobby, two brothers, Barry and Teddy Hutcherson, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, Half Moon Bay.
Stacey Anne Siegman
Stacey was born ( 10-10-1962) and raised in Montara, Calif., and passed away after a short illness on Nov. 21, 2012, at her home in San Mateo with her family by her side.
She graduated Half Moon Bay High School in the Class of 1980 and attended San Francisco State University. Stacey worked for a local consulting firm for the past 25 years.
Stacey loved her family and friends, and, in the past, spending time fishing and hunting with her dog Sadie. More importantly, she was devoted to helping and giving to others.
She was preceded in death by her father Daniel L. Siegman. She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Siegman, siblings Susan Siegman, Steve and Anne Siegman, Sandra and Ed Andreini, Shelly Siegman, Sherri and Drew Ferguson, and Samantha and Dave Villa. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Stephen J. Siegman, Courtney, Emma and Nico Andreini, Hayden, Eli and Sydney Villa.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stacey’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Mission Hospice and Home Care of San Mateo.
October 27, 2012 ~ RIP John, you will be misssed brother.
Memorial Service for John Wade Jr.
Please come and help his daughter Melisa and the rest of our family celebrate the life of my brother John Wade Jr.
Saturday, November 10, 2012. 1:00pm.
American Legion Hall Post 474
470 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
Emmett John Buckley, one of Half Moon Bay's finest men, passed away at age 55. He was born Nov. 18, 1956 and died Feb. 2, 2012.
Emmett lived his life on his own terms and by his own rules. He was an avid fisherman, a collector of everything and a great storyteller. Whether you called him Big Em, Jim, or Casper, he was a friend to all that knew him. You could find him at the Half Moon Bay Bakery every morning at 5, telling jokes with his inappropriate sarcasm, having his coffee and eating his favorite day-old apple strudel with his lifelong buddies. You could also find him in his garage, known to his friends as the "destination," laughing with family and neighbors.
Emmett was born in San Francisco and attended Jefferson Elementary in Daly City until the third grade, when he moved with his family to Half Moon Bay. He grew up attending Hatch Elementary, Cunha Intermediate School and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School, part of the Class of 1975. Some of his favorite memories growing up on the coast were being on the Los Caballeros Drill Team, rummaging through the old dump on the blufftops with his best buddy Whipper, camping out, smelt fishing and being part of the Punt Pass and Kick Tournament with his brothers at Smith field, where they swept the whole tournament in the 1965.
Emmett loved to be wild and free. He loved hot rods, his old '54 Chevy and drag racing south of town. He knew how to enjoy life and always found a little trouble along the way, whether it be riding horses with one of his best pals through the golf course in the middle of the night, abalone diving up in Glass Beach, scavenging abandoned barns and buildings for cool trinkets that were left behind, and building huge bonfires down at Poplar Beach.
He was about family. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, teaching them how to fish and how to have fun. One of his proudest moments came in 2010, where he watched his girls as the queens of the Chamarita parade. When it comes down to Emmett, there really are no words to describe how amazing he really was. Emmett's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of life far exceeds the quantity of time. He is truly a legend and will be in hearts forever.
His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends, sharing stories of love and good times. Emmett has touched so many people's lives; there is no way to measure the influence that he has had on all he knew. We will miss you forever.
He is preceded in death by his father Tim Buckley and mother Karen Jones. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 27 years, Marie Buckley, and his prized possessions, his two beautiful daughters, Kristie and Kelly Buckley. He was an amazing brother to Allen Jones, TJ (Jackie) and Kevin Buckley, and to sisters, Stephanie (Bret) Duncan, Francine (Gus) Fauci, and Candy (Wayne) Smith. He was beloved by mother-in-law Earldine Burington, and by brother-in-Iaw John (Bev) and Donald (Bonnie) Burington. His partner in crime was sister-in-law Carol Smith. His nephews Cade and Riggs Duncan, Stephen Fabris, Dylan and Austin Fetter, Sean Smith, Timothy and Donald Buckley and Jess Burington loved him dearly, as did nieces Taylor Daisy Duncan, Carly Jones, Jenna Smith, Gayle Smith and Lauren Burington, and by great-nephew and great-niece Breen and Brenna Burington. God-daughter and niece Dawn Madlang and grandparents Jim and Frances Frame will all miss him.
We ask that any donations be made to The I.D.E.S. Society P.O. Box 866 Half Moon Bay, in memory of Emmett Buckley. It was a place he loved and was a proud member of the society.
Celebration of Life will be held at the I.D.E.S. Hall on Saturday Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Longtime Half Moon Bay resident Belinda Parks died peacefully on Sept. 2, 2011, in her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 60.
Belinda was born on Dec. 12, 1950, in San Francisco, to Margaret and Rolla Burgett of Kansas and Missouri, respectively. Belinda grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco with her parents and three siblings, Sue, Chris and Mike. She attended school there and was an avid dancer and cheerleader. She began high school at Lowell, but moved with her family to Half Moon Bay her junior year, in 1967, and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1969. She then attended the College of San Mateo, earning an associate's degree.
Belinda worked in the medical field for more than 30 years. She was also very involved in the community, organizing graduation nights, supporting local sports teams, and working with parent-teacher associations.
Belinda touched the lives of her friends and family with a perpetual smile and a humor that affected everyone who knew her. She had a special way of seeing the lighter sides of situations and this included her illness. She inspired and encouraged strength in others and will be greatly missed by many.
Belinda is survived by her loving husband James Parks, her four children, Stacie (Illiad) Rodriguez, Benjamin (Julie) Johnson, Ashley (Patrick) Sullivan, and Courtney Parks; and her grandchildren, Taelor, Degan, Haeden, and Joaquin. She also leaves behind her siblings, Sue (Bud) Baretto, Chris (Corrie) Burgett and Mike (Mary) Burgett, and their children.
Passed away peacefully on June 22, 2011. She was 56 years old.
You can leave a note for Marion and her family here.
Marion grew up in Half Moon Bay and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. She took pride in her role as Chapter Sweetheart in the Future Farmers of America Organization. Her four children loved hearing stories like this and others about her childhood on the coast.
Our Mom was a kind and gentle and generous person. She would extend a hand to anyone in need, always putting others before herself. When we were young, all of our friends wanted to come to our house. Whether it was for the overflowing refrigerator, the homemade brownies and cookies or simply someone to talk to and not judge them, the house was always full. Our Mom was the best cook and others have spoken for years and years about her delicious meals. There was never an empty space on the table or an empty space in anyone's tummy. Mom's favorite thing to do was spend time with her granddaughters. They brought a twinkle to her eyes, filled her heart with love, and made her truly happy. Mom also spent many playful hours with Caitlyn, whom she loved like one of her own.
Saddened by losing Marion, is her husband, Jerry Mello. They were happily together for 17 years. Marion leaves her son and daughters, Brant Ross Presse, Samantha May Moussavi, and Dawn Leanne Presse. Son-in-law Shahmir Moussavi, granddaughters Madden Emma and Pailsey Ray, daughter-in-law Stacy Presse, granddaughter Olivia Meadow, and Chris Barros have also lost someone they loved dearly. Marion also leaves behind her sisters Karen and Sharon, her close cousin Linda Varni, and her father, Sam Daher.
Marion was greeted into Heaven with open arms by her mother, Bette Daher and her daughter, Rachael Christian Presse. They are together now, our Mom is with her baby forever. xoxo
Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 PM. at Foster City Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City 94404. Crippen & Flynn Carlmont Chapel (650) 595-4103
Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:55 pm
Dale Patricia Larsen
Dale Patricia Larsen, a longtime resident of El Granada, died Monday, June 2, at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward.
Born March 24, 1956, in Santa Monica, Calif., Dale graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1974 and married Frank Larsen in 1988. He died in 1991.
Dale had been an active member in her community of El Granada, serving her 27th consecutive year as a member of the American Legion Post 474. She was also a member of the Women's Auxiliary at Post 474 and served as Auxiliary president in 1989-90 and later as treasurer. Dale also contributed as a member by editing the Legion's monthly newspaper until 2010.
Dale was well-known in the community and had a kind, giving heart. She owned and operated Half Moon Bay Catering for more than 22 years and served numerous businesses along the coast during that time.
Throughout her lifetime, Dale acquired many lifelong friends. With her humor and quick wit, she was always able to put a smile on the faces around her. She enjoyed socializing with friends and cherished moments spent with family. She was an animal lover as well and always adopted her pets from rescue.
Dale leaves a deep void in the hearts and minds of many and will be missed by all. She is survived by her father, Robert C. Ihling of Auburn, Calif., her sister, Carol Anderson of Sunnyvale, Calif., her brother Charles Ihling, of Moss Beach, Calif., and five nieces and nephews who brought joy to her life.
For memorial information, contact American Legion Post 474 in Princeton, Calif. In lieu of memorial gifts, please make donations to the American Legion Post 474 Fireworks Fund. Dale would have gotten a bang out of that.
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." - Kahlil Gibran
1:23pm Jun 23
Robert J. Fernandez
Thanks so much for keeping all of us up to date on these happenings. I know students never think this but we teachers feel an attachment to the kids we have taught much as a parent does to their children. When they are in school, we teachers often spend more time with kids than the actual parents do and we feel an affection for them, a pride in their successes and a hope for their welfare. It is always sad to me when I hear that one of them has passed away. I remember Dale very well and hadn't realized it was her when I briefly looked at that obituary. I also remember her husband, who used to work at the high school as service custodian many years ago. May God rest their souls.
Mr. Vic Tigerman passed away yesterda on December 8th after a valient fight against brain cancer. He was once Mayor of Half Moon Bay, but to us Cunha school graduates, he was the husband of Mrs. Dorothy Tigerman, our beloved teacher at Cunha, and Father of Sarah and Steve Tigerman.
Joseph Mario Centoni
March 1, 1923 - January 4, 2009
Born in Half Moon Bay on March 1, 1923. World War II veteran and lifetime resident of Half Moon Bay, he passed away on January 4, 2009, at age 85, from complications following a New Year's Day auto accident. Devoted husband of Virginia Centoni who preceded him in death on January 4, 2002. Beloved "Pops" (father and father-in-law) of Gene and Janet Centoni of Clayton; Ron and Judy Centoni of Swan Lake, ID; Linda and Dan Bello, and Cindy and Charlie Erwin of Temecula; and Jeff and Diane Centoni of Half Moon Bay.
He is survived by his loving brother Larry Centoni and sisters Gloria Remilong and Yola "Bena" Marsh of Half Moon Bay. Adored "Papa Joe" of nine grandchildren (Noelle, Sheila, Michael, Jimmy, Billy, Michelle, Joseph, Johnathan and Christopher) and six great-grandchildren (Margie, Jana, William, Dillon, Tracy, and Kaylee).
I just received this information from Judy Wasmann and am sending it to all that I have on my
Email list that might have known Barbara. Her obit may be in the HMB Review as her family is
trying to have it printed. Here is a copy of her obit from Texas. I really enjoyed working with her and use to spend a lot
of time visiting her classes to see what she was up to next. She was always experimenting with
new and creative ideas that made her classes interesting. I was thinking of her recently when I
saw some of the pictures done for the annual art calendar. She started that project, I believe over
30 years ago... and it continues as a tradition for raising funds for art scholarships for students.
Our best wishes to her family and loved ones.
Barbara Sue Ogarrio (1932 - 2009) Saturday, July 4, 2009
Barbara Sue Ogarrio, 76, fine artist and former teacher, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2009, at a hospice in Burleson.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the non-profit Emery J. Lilge Hospice House, 301 Medpark Circle, Burleson, Texas 76028.
Barbara was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Fort Worth, the daughter of Cecil W. and Juliet M. Sedberry. A graduate of Fort Worth Paschal High School in 1949 and Texas Wesleyan University in 1953, she received her B.A. in fine arts and M.A. studies at University of the Americas in Mexico City, where she met her husband, Joaquin. They married in 1958 and moved to the San Francisco Bay area, settling in Half Moon Bay, 28 miles south of San Francisco. Barbara taught physical education, then art classes for 29 years at Half Moon Bay High School, serving as chair of its art department.
Barbara drew and painted using various media, including oils, acrylic and egg tempera. In later years she featured and sold her artwork at Bay Area art galleries, becoming recognized for her pastels. She was often featured in American and international art journals, as well as a best-selling book, "Best of Pastels 2."
Between 2000 and 2004, Barbara painted her "crowning achievement," "21st Century Apocalyptic Visions," inspired by the book of Revelation and End Times prophecies from the Bible. Originally conceived on computer, the large-format series of 24 abstract canvases is a "visual record of the Christian faith" from beginning to end--Alpha to Omega. After moving with her husband to Whitney in 2004, Barbara donated "21st Century Apocalyptic Visions" to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth, where it was formally unveiled in May 2006 inside the A. Webb Roberts Library. The series is now featured in the seminary's art curriculum.
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and niece, Barbara will be remembered for her spiritually, faith, compassion, intelligence, humor, creative mind, strength of character and love of country, but foremost for the great reservoir of love and affection bestowed on her family, friends and students.
Survivors: Husband of 50 years, Joaquin Ogarrio of Whitney; sons, Greg and Sean Ogarrio of San Francisco and Santa Clara, Calif.; daughters-in-law, Andrea and Doni Ogarrio; granddaughters, Juliana and Kristen Ogarrio; brother, Cecil A. Sedberry of Laguna Park; aunt, Henrietta Clower of Fort Worth; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Antonio and Maria de Lourdes Alvarado of Mexico City; niece, Teresa Callarman and husband, Gary, of Fort Worth; niece, Leisa Musgrove and husband, Melvin, of Laguna Park; and numerous great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
This was written by Gerg Ogarrio
From Larkin Evans
Hello, also to all,
Barbara Ogarrio was more than a teacher to so many people. Her legacy is not only the amazing art that she created, but the skills and life lessons that she shared so generously yet modestly, with all her students.
Having been one of her students, back when she taught a fabulous and all encompassing PE program, I know first hand her devotion to creating a well rounded citizen. Later, I was able to work with her
as a colleague at HMBHS when Barbara, Chuck Short and others helped break me in as a relatively rookie high school teacher.
The art department would not be what it is today at HMBHS if it wasn't for
Barbara and she continued to advise me at least once a year or more, every year until about a year or two ago, on our art curriculum. She also convinced my mother to move from being a middle school art teacher
to teaching at HMBHS.
She will remain an inspiration.
Thomas Scott Smith
(“Smitty”) December 8, 2008
July 13, 1959 - December 8, 2008
Thomas Scott Smith
(“Smitty”) passed away peacefully on December 8, 2008, surrounded by his
He is survived by daughter Angela Rose Smith of Capitola,
California; mother Beverly Smith-Wolfe and her husband Fred of Half Moon Bay,
California; father John Smith of Campbell, California; brother Steve Smith of
Half Moon Bay, California; sisters Debbie Smith of Point Reyes Station,
California and Johnelle Garcia of Half Moon Bay, California; nieces Jennifer
Moore, Richelle Heaslet, Sierra Hill, Stephenie Smith, Jaclynn Garcia; nephews
Silas Moore, Zeke Smith, Jake Smith, Frankie Garcia, Chase Smith and Anthony
Garcia; aunts Marilyn McGill, Linda Teixeira and Dale Hurst; along with many
other devoted family members and friends.
Tom was born in San Francisco, California on
July 13, 1959 (three hours after his devoted “twin” cousin Mike McGill of South
San Francisco, California) and was a lifetime resident of Half Moon Bay. Tom
loved sports, fishing, family and friends.
Friends and family are invited
to attend a celebration of life on Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the IDES
Hall, Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California. In lieu of flowers, please
consider making donations to Project 90, 720 So. B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401,
in memory of Tom Smith.
November 7, 2008
To Whom It May Concern,
We've lost another alumna, Terrance Fitzpatrick. My sister and I were friendly with he and his brother. We lived on 6th Street in Montara and they lived on 7th Street. Terry was living in Boise, ID when he died, at the age of 51. Terry graduated from the class of 1975.
Sorry to pass on this sad, but ultimately important information along to you.
Most sincerely, and my heart felt condolences to the Fitzpatrick family.
Hi – I spoke with the Pastor today who is putting together Terry’s memorial service. He asked me to please write up something for his eulogy and I’ll tell you I sure could use some help. If you, your family, or friends can think of some memories about Terry that I could pass on that would be great. I can remember a lot of our high school days, but most of those memories outside of school with Terry involve Budweiser. If you know anyone who would want to contact the Pastor the email is email@example.com.
His service will be this Sat, 11/22, at 5PM at Capitol City Christian Church, N 9th St, Boise ID. Thank you Mark! Jeanne Dunbar Brumann
About 70 people attended Terrance’s memorial service. It was well received. We were privileged to do it!
Delighted to be alive in Christ,
Gary D. Anderson
What some alumni have express in light of the tragic loss of Terry. Click Here
A special piece and photos put together by Mike Warner, Class of 1977. Click Here
August 9, 2008
This is from Emily's sister, Liz. Many of you from years 70 - 76 knew my sister Emily, she was in the class of 74. She passed away on August 9. Tom, older brother, 1972 and I will hold an internment next week sometime midweek at Skylawn. Deborah Vannoland will be holding a memorial sometime in October in Grass Valley. Those of you who knew Emily know how flamboyant she was. If you need more info don't hesitate to email me - LIZ - firstname.lastname@example.org
From Mark Center
Hello alumni and friends. I knew the Knox family from about 1967 onward. Larry and me hung out quite a bit with the Hnatt's; fishing, playing ball and getting into trouble. I will forever remember the Knox family as a warm, caring and open family, quick with the laugh and a sandwich. My sister Shana was very close to Emily as I remember it, but I was 4 years younger so, better to ask her. Emily called me a few times while we were preparing for the last reunion (2007) and I saved the messages she left me. I thought I'd present it here, as some kind of lasting tribute to Emily.
Jim Mordecai. Just the name brings an image, a smile, a favorite story and a tear. I attended Jim's memorial service. It was a beautiful tribute and
I would like to share a few memories of my own. This is...
A Tribute to Jim
I arrived on the Half Moon Bay High School campus September 1971. Hiring a new teacher was a big event and soon everyone was introduced and I felt quite welcome. One teacher made an immediate impression. He walked and talked with confidence; he knew every student and teased most of them; he wore black-rimmed glasses but did not look like a scholar. Jim Mordecai was special and I liked him immediately.
Jim always had a group of students following him. He spoke to them as if they were his friends but there was no question that he was in charge. The Ag students and Jim spoke the same language. I had never seen anything like it on campuses I attended. Students drove tractors, built fences and raised animals. They also raised a lot of mischief that Jim seemed to enjoy but Jim was in charge and as he directed he empowered. The Ag students learned Robert’s Rules of Order and competed in parliamentary procedure contests- I taught government and I was impressed.
Early-on Jim invited me to drop by the gym after school for a little basketball. HMBHS had a number of teachers who were basketball enthusiasts. This was great! One of the reasons I was hired was because of my experience in basketball and my desire to coach. I had some new friends to play with!
We chose sides for four-on-four to 12 baskets. To say that Jim was aggressive is an understatement. He would pound the ball to the floor as if trying to either pop the ball or crack the floor. He maneuvered close to the unfortunate person guarding him and began to stare at the rim. The pounding dribble grew higher until it was nearly even with his armpit. His focus on the rim, he charged full-steam ahead. Pity the poor person that tried to defend the goal for he was plummeted and pounded into the wall. There were no fouls called- this was Jim Ball. I quickly learned to get out of Jim’s way. If he was my teammate, I got out of his way. If he was an opponent, even if he was my man to guard, I got out of the way whenever I saw Jim begin to pound the ball. Remember the night we played the Oakland Raider football players as a fundraiser for the yearbook. McArthur Lane was with the Raider team and Jim wanted him to guard. That was a fun match-up!
Another fun match-up was Jim verses a donkey. Poor donkey. The caravan driver learned to keep quiet about where the next stop was when it was Half Moon Bay. The donkeys would have gone on strike. I’m sure the veteran donkeys warned the rookie donkeys about what was ahead. “Look out for the muscle man with the black rimmed glasses. He’s stronger than any of us, much faster than any of us and more stubborn, too.”
Jim’s presence was felt on campus in many ways. He brought the community to the campus. When he needed something for the Ag program that was not in the budget, he recruited help from the community and got the job done. The “old timers” in town knew the importance of what Jim was doing and they supported him. The “old timers” appreciated his leadership and they accepted him as an important part of the community.
What happened in the spring of each year was too much to believe. “Hear that squeal? What is that sound? “ I asked my class. “Oh Coach, those are just the piglets getting castrated.” Ouch! Can you believe that? I never thought piglet castration was part of a high school curriculum but it was in Jim’s class.
Jim brought his hard-charging style into faculty meetings. He was fun to watch: a slow cooker warming up. He tried to remain calm but often enough he just could not. He told it like it was whether the principal wanted to hear it or not. Yea Jim.
Jim was one of our leaders. He loved teaching. He taught with passion and his students responded. He was a man who worked hard, played hard and took pride in his community. Jim Mordecai made a lasting impression on me and I am glad to have been his teammate.
Half Moon Bay High School, 1971-1988
That was a very nice tribute to Jim. Jim was a very complicated and interesting person. I first met him as my son's
Ag teacher, and then my daughter's, before I came to HMBHS in 1974. I spent time with him attending FFA functions
and the County and Coastside Country Fairs. We worked like dogs on the Coastside Fair.
Remember when we
were one of the few high schools in the U.S. to have our own Rodeo grounds? Can you imagine what the people on
Highland Ave. would be saying if Jim still had all of his animals "down on the ag farm." Would sparks have flown. I'm glad we were all able to see him at the 70's class reunion.
Thanks to Mark Center and his friends for bringing us
all together at that special occasion.
Again, Gary, it was nice of you to share your feelings about Jim.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Mary Ellen Powell October 12, 1929 - March 20, 2008
Mary Ellen Powell of Half Moon Bay passed way at her home on March 20 after a prolonged illness.
Mary Ellen is survived by Edward Powell, her loving husband of fifty-two years, children Mary Elizabeth, John, and George, grandchildren Christopher, James, Robert, Thomas, Laird, Brandon, and Courtney.
Mary Ellen was a longtime coastside resident and educator. She began her teaching career in 1948 in Riverbank, California, where she taught for three years. Her career on the coastside began with teaching eighth grade in the Cabrillo Unified School District in 1951 when the district was known as the Coastside Union Elementary School District. Mary Ellen also taught at several coastside schools and eventually worked her way into school administration. She retired in 1989 as principal of Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School after thirty-four years of service.
Mary Ellen married coastside resident Edward Powell in 1955 and shortly thereafter moved to their residence on Rt. 92, which she enjoyed very much over the years.
Mary Ellen graduated from Burlingame High School shortly after Word War II and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. Mary Ellen was a charter member of the Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was elected the first Vice President for Programs during the first year of their operation.
Services will be held on Saturday ,March 29, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Skylawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
Christine (Chrissie) Ann Law Driver
February 23, 1969 - April 7, 2008
Chrissie Law-Driver passed away at home
surrounded by family and friends. Chrissie was born and raised in La Honda.
She loved the beauty of the Coastside, especially the Redwoods. Chrissie
attended La Honda Elementary and graduated from Pescadero High School.
Married to Lowell (Champ) Driver III in 1989, they raised two children,
Charlene (19) and Travis (18), in Loma Mar and returned home to La Honda in
1999 to be closer to her father. Chrissie worked as a Daycare and Special Ed
Aide at La Honda Elementary School up until her diagnosis with Amyotrophic
Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's Disease in April of 2004. Chrissie
faced her disease with strength and a positive attitude for four long years.
Despite the deterioration of her body and speech, friends are proud to
always remember the smile on her face and the sweet tune of her laugh.
Everyone will miss her incredible strength. She will continue to live on as
the love and inspiration in our hearts. Chrissie leaves behind her husband
Lowell (Champ) Driver III, and loving children Charlene and Travis. She is
also survived by her father, Conley Law, and sister Dierdri Munoz and many
friends from La Honda.
Chrissie also leaves behind her mother Carolyn Youtsey, sister Connie Sue
Wheale, and Carol (Coco) Law, all of Oregon.
A Celebration of Life is planned for May 10, 2008 from 1-5 p.m. at the La
Nicholas Alexander Riggle March 28, 1982-August 12, 2008
Nicholas Alexander Riggle, age 26, of Lockeford, passed away on August 12, 2008. Born and raised in California, Nick was an enthusiastic outdoorsman who worked hard, played hard, and lived life to its fullest.
He is survived by his parents: Darleen (Dalton) Keith of Valley Springs and Rick Riggle (Class of 1976) of Fremont; sisters: Janelle Riggle of Spokane, Washington and Jordan Keith of Oroville, CA; grandparents: Tom and Shirley Hickson of Pescadero, CA, Orville and Carol Riggle of San Gregorio, CA, and Kurt and Lois Gronauer of San Marino; great-grandmother: Lois Phipps of Pescadero; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and countless friends. Nicholas touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Visitation was held on Saturday, August 16, from noon until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. There are no services and committal is private. A virtual register may be signed at www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories may be shared. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
From the HMB Review Obit
1978 Yearbook Photo
Jack Bettencourt, a 20-year Half Moon Bay resident before moving to Benicia, died Feb. 25, 2007, in Napa due to a sudden illness. He was 45.
Mr. Bettencourt was born in Gilroy but his family settled in Half Moon Bay in 1962 when he was 2 months old. He attended Hatch Elementary, Cunha Intermediate and Half Moon Bay High schools, graduating high school in 1981. (Editors Note: we think he graduated in 1980, the yearbook photos indicate this.)
He went on to take several college-level finance courses and to work as a financial investor. His first job was at Varian Associates, and in 1981 he married his wife, Lorraine, whom he met at Varian.
Anthony A. Hagiperos
U.S. Marine Corps Cmdr. Stelios A. Hagiperos of Half Moon Bay died March 27
at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame following an illness. He was 73.
Hagiperos was born Nov. 24, 1932 in Manville, R.I. to Vasilios and Maria Hagiperos.
He graduated from Woonsocket High School and received an undergraduate degree
in administration of justice from the University of San Francisco.
Hagiperos is remembered and honored, according to his family, for his valor
and service to his country during 20 years of enlisted serviced in the Marine
Corps, from 1951 to 1972.
that time he served with honor in the Korean War and completed two tours in
the Vietnam War. He was awarded two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star with Combat
"V," the Purple Heart, the Navy United Commendation with Star and
the Navy Achievement with Combat "V" for heroism and valor.
his retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Hagiperos served Foster City as
a police officer from 1972 to 1992, rising rank from officer to commander.
He also received numerous commendations for bravery, professionalism and courage
as an officer and community leader.
Hagiperos is preceded in death by his brothers Serino and Louis Campanelli.
is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan B. Hagiperos of Half Moon Bay, his
children and their families Geno and Laura Hagiperos and grandsons Nicholas,
Alexander and Benjamin of Morgan Hill, Robert Hagiperos and grandson Vincent
of Half Moon Bay, Wendy "Fran"
and David Ibinez and grandsons Dino and David of Citrus Heights, Joanna Hagiperos
of Sacramento and Tony Hagiperos of Half Moon Bay.
is also survived by his mother-in-law Bertha Moon and sister Yolanda Crete,
both of Woonsocket and sister-in-law Geralda Campanelli of Method, Ore.
Michael Donovan Pattison - 2006
celebration of life will be held this Saturday, Feb. 25, for Michael Donovan
Pattison, who lived in El Granada for several years in the 1970s.
Pattison died suddenly at his Santa Cruz home on Feb. 17. He was 45.
in Phoenix, Ariz., Mr. Pattison grew up on the Coastside when his family came
to El Granada in 1970. He attended El Granada Elementary School, Cunha Intermediate
School and Half Moon Bay High School.
Pattison endeared himself to his family with his love of music, particularly
the music of 1960s rock icon Jimi Hendrix. He himself played the guitar.
was a devoted friend and made many buddies in Half Moon Bay, going fishing
off the dock of Pillar Point Harbor as a boy.
was a champion of the underdog all his life," said his mother, Nancy
Donovan of Santa Cruz. He also loved to laugh.
the mid-1970s, battling poor health, he relocated to San Mateo and attended
school briefly. He lived there and in San Jose before moving to Santa Cruz
in 1999 to be near his parents.
kept up with current events by listening avidly to the radio, and "helped
people around him that he could," said his mother.
had a large, contagious laugh that was second in size only to his big heart,"
said his sister, Ren/e Gabriel of Felton. "He was a big man with a gentle
Pattison is survived by his parents, Nancy and Bill Donovan of Santa Cruz,
his sisters Ren/e Gabriel of Felton, Lori Prentiss of Scotts Valley and Kim
Yglesias of Cupertino, and brothers Brett Pattison of San Antonio, Texas,
Brad Pattison of Loveland, Colo., Bill Donovan Jr. of San Jose and Kevin Donovan
of Redondo Beach.
is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, at
the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center Chapel.
is located at 37 Conference Drive in Mount Hermon, which is near Santa Cruz.
A private committal will take place at a later date.
lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to NAMI-SCC,
P.O. Box 360, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.
sad news to share. My mom (Dorothy Tigerman) died last Tuesday October 14.
There will be a celebration of her life on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00pm
at the Senior Center in Half Moon Bay.
lieu of flowers, etc. - donation can be made in my mom's name to the
Senior Coastsiders at 535 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
share with those you think would want to know.
Michael Buffmire, who lived on the Coastside for nearly 30 years, died
June 8 at his home in Venice, Fla., at age 47 following a sudden heart
Mr. Buffmire was born in January, 1956, in Montara. He attended Farallone
View Elementary School, Cunha Junior High School and Half Moon Bay High School.
As a boy, he was an all-star pitcher for two local Little League teams: Kent's
Groceries and Firehouse 9. After high school, Mr. Buffmire worked with his
father on his father's commercial fishing boat, "The Pelican," for
about 10 years. "He will also be missed by the many friends he still
had on the Coastside," said Mr. Buffmire's brother, James A. Buffmire
Sr. of Atherton.
In 1985, Mr. Buffmire moved to Florida, where his parents were already living.
When he relocated, he worked briefly on his father's commercial shrimp boat
while studying to obtain a contractor's license. He later owned his own painting
business, with a clientele that consisted of both commercial and residential
customers. He was also active in Florida's Little League Association, as a
coach. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
is preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Buffmire, who died in the 1980s.
He is survived by his father, Harold J. Buffmire, of Port Charlotte, Fla.,
his sister, Cynthia O'Neill, of Martinez, and his brother James A. Buffmire
Sr. of Atherton. He is also survived by his nephews Michael O'Neill of San
Francisco and James A. Buffmire Jr. of Half Moon Bay, and his niece Katie
A. O'Neill of Martinez. A private family service was held in Florida. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American
Heart Association in Mr. Buffmire's name
John Buffmire and Terri Bertolucci
B. LaVey II
B. LaVey II, a 38-year Coastside resident, did a lot for the country before
settling on the Coastside in 1964 and doing a lot for the community, as a
Boy Scout master, the skipper of a Sea Scout ship, the owner of an abalone
shop and an active participant in Senior Coastsiders. Mr. LaVey died peacefully
at age 82 of natural causes on Dec. 29, 2002,
at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Hayward, where he had moved three years ago
to be near his daughter. Mr. LaVey was born in Chicago. He entered the Army
shortly after high school, during World War II, and from January 1943 to February
1946, served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign as a hard-hat diver aboard the
He was received several decorations and citations, including the Asiatic Pacific
Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the
World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. LaVey then went
to San Francisco, where he joined the union and became an iron shipfitter.
In the late 1940s, he migrated to Seattle, where he worked in the same field.
In the middle 1950s, he tried something completely different, becoming a dance
instructor for the renowned Arthur Murray dance studio in San Francisco. He
continued this work for about five years, along with his wife, the former
Gloria Gooley, whom he married in the late 1950s.
The couple performed as dancers in the posh Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels
in San Francisco. They remained married for about 15 years until they separated
by mutual and amicable decision, and remained good friends thereafter, said
Mr. LaVey's son, Bill LaVey III. Mr. LaVey opened a dance school in Arizona.
Then he segued into a field he would follow for the rest of his working life,
when he took a law enforcement course and became a sheriff on an Indian reservation
He then became a parole agent in Arizona, and continued that work after he
returned to San Francisco in the mid-1960s. By the time he came to Half Moon
Bay in 1964, he had moved into working with youth as a parole agent with the
California Youth Authority, with which he continued to work until his retirement
in 1986. He also served on the Pacific Youth Services Advisory Board for more
than a decade. In the 1980s, he served two terms as the chairman of the San
Mateo County Juvenile Justice Commission. Mr. LaVey's interests and hobbies
were varied, said his son. He was an avid reader, enjoyed boating and fishing
in the Sierra, and loved to enter contests - a hobby which benefited his family
as much as himself. "He was very successful at it," said his son.
"He'd win stuff like a $1,500
video camera, a TV, VCRs, which he passed to the family. He made it especially
fun because he saved the things for gifts."
In the 1960s to 1970s, Mr. LaVey served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop
263, based in Half Moon Bay. In the early 1970s he started the first Sea Scout
Ship 802, berthed in Pillar Point Harbor, and served as its skipper. This
group, which served boys up to age 17, was structured along the lines of the
Boy Scouts, but with a seafaring emphasis. But his favorite time, his son
said, was as the owner of The Abalone Shop in Princeton Harbor from 1974 until
it closed in 1991. Besides selling fresh-caught red abalone to the community
and to San Francisco fish markets, the shop served as a social hub for the
harbor community, LaVey recalled. "
He will be sadly missed by all," said his son. "He left us all with
close and loving feelings forever. The family was well-loved and cared for
by him." Mr. LaVey is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William
B. LaVey III
and Stephanie LaVey, and their son Jeremy, all of the Sierra, and his daughter
and son-in-law, Robyn and Rick Potts, and their son Eric, all of the Peninsula.
He is survived by former daughter-in-law Barbara LaVey, and
grandson David LaVey, and also by great-granddaughter Savanna LaVey, all of
Mr. LaVey chose to be cremated. The family is considering an Army ceremony
in which his ashes will be scattered at sea.
In the meanwhile, a memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 1, at the Community United Methodist Church, located at 777 Miramontes
St., Half Moon Bay. A second memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 15, at the American Legion Post 474, located at 470 Capistrano Road in
Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made
in Mr. LaVey's memory to the local Methodist church or to the American Legion
Post 474, at P.O. Box 826, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.
Calvin, a longtime teacher and coach at Half Moon Bay High School, died on
Dec. 1 2002 after a long illness. He was 83.
is remembered fondly as a longtime cross country coach at Half Moon Bay High
School. He coached the Cougars from 1970-1997. Four of his boys' teams won
Central Coast Section titles. In 1978, the girls' team won the CCS title when
the cross country championship was a one-division competition.
boys' team, led by Justin Stern, not only won the CCS Division IV title, but
also finished third at the state meet. That's the highest showing ever by
a boys' team from San Mateo County.
was more to Mr. Calvin than coaching the cross country team. He also coached
frosh-soph baseball and basketball.
liked sports," said his wife, Lita Calvin. "He felt it was good
for all the kids to participate in sports."
a full-time teacher at Half Moon Bay High School for 26 years. He started
by teaching English, but also taught math.
taught a little bit of everything," Lita Calvin said.
arrived in Half Moon Bay in 1960, and have been here since.
he retired from coaching, Calvin's legacy has remained. He founded the Artichoke
Invitational, a Half Moon Bay cross country meet that attracts as many as
3,000 runners from throughout Northern California.
that he started after watching Half Moon Bay get swallowed up by larger schools
at meets the Cougars attended. So Mr. Calvin started the Artichoke Invitational
as a chance for the Cougars and other small schools to have a chance to compete
on a more even field.
has since grown to include both large and small schools, separated by divisions
based upon each school's population.
the meet was a success, it did put a damper on the Calvins' lives. The couple
had trouble celebrating their wedding anniversary because it came right around
the Artichoke Invitational.
retiring from coaching was difficult to deal with, Mr. Calvin said in an interview.
But that void was eased a bit by the fact that Kevin Ostenberg was the coach.
was very fond of Kevin," Calvin said. "It made it easier for Dick."
part of his time coaching in the 1980s, he was also the high school sports
reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review.
is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lita, and a son, Steve.
Mr. Calvin is scheduled
to be cremated, and his ashes scattered at his favorite places.
Mr. Henry Reyes Passes
From: Randy Jackson
To: Mark Center
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 8:27 PM
Subject: web posting for Henry Reyes Mark,
My name is Randy Jackson, I am writing this on behalf of Beverly Reyes. Her father Henry Reyes a custodian at Half Moon Bay high school passed away on 05/15/02. She would like you to post this information on your web site or get the word out to the alumni about his funeral arrangements.
Flowers and wishes can be sent to:
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
The phone number to call family is: 650-726-2015
If you are not the proper contact for this message please let me know.
Thank You, Randy Jackson - email@example.com
Hello Mr. Jackson,
My condolences on the passing of Mr. Reyes. My family and myself knew Henry pretty well back in the 60's and the 70's. My mom and dad coached little league with him and he was my boss for a few years while I worked for the school district. It's a bummer when people that you've known for what seems forever, pass on. I'm truly saddened by his passing. I'll never forget his commitment to baseball and the ever present toothpick. I'll post this on the site and I'll send it out to my extensive contact list.Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to contact me.
P.S., if you have a photo and the Review obituary which I could post along with your information it would be appropriate.
Accolades and Arpeggios,Mark L. Center
Web Site: http://www.outtahear.com
From: "LINDA McDONALD" <firstname.lastname@example.org
To: "Mark Center <OHP@mail.ez2.net
Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 11:41:43 -0700
We went down to H.M.B. for Henry's service. It was a beautiful day on the coast, Henry must of ordered it. It was wonderful but sad to see people you haven't seen in years, there was lots of hugging going on. That family is incredible with all the love and support they give each other, glad we we're able to be there.