Obituaries

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A bright light has faded from the world and our community is lesser for it. Donald was born in Alameda, the last of nine children to the late Raymond F. and Helen T. Delmore. Donald attended St. Barnabas Elementary School, moving on to Encinal High School and Cal State Hayward. Donald is predeceased by his sister Sarah Delmore and sister in-law Julane Delmore. 

Donald is survived by Gail Sprott (Phillip), Raymond Delmore II, Thomas Delmore, Joyce Gallup (John), Richard Delmore (Karen), Paul Delmore and Kathleen Delmore. Donald is also survived by many nephews and great- nieces and nephews. 

Donald was very much involved in the “Dog World” throughout his life. This all started when he volunteered for 12 years at the Alameda Animal Shelter as a youth. Donald’s family would like to share this excerpt from an online post by Jayme Jones, which best describes Donald.

“Don was like an older brother to me. Great friends since 1981 when he got his first Pharaoh hound. As adults, he became my best friend, confidant, sounding board, co-breeder; I swear he somehow kept an entire pedigree database in his head and not just for Pharaohs! 

“Don couldn’t walk between show rings or off a coursing field without being stopped by friends from all breeds to chat and talk dogs. It could actually be a little annoying when we had somewhere to be (lol), but no denying he was in his element! He was a true “dog person” in the way we talk about in days past; a great hand on a dog, a well honed true eye, and a deep love for all animals. 

“Such an impact he had on people that even in the 10 years he stepped away from active participation in dog events, he was never far from people’s thoughts as they would ask me how he was when he’d be back. Not only for his wicked humor and amazing impersonations, more than a few people have also confided to me over the years that Don’s generosity in sharing his knowledge, beautiful presentation of our dogs and his very nature were big contributions to why they stayed with the breed. 

“Being a humble gentleman, I don’t think he ever really understood the extent of how special and loved he was by so many; how many hearts are bruised and broken by his departure from this world.”
Donald had many friends that we would like to thank for their true friendship and support throughout the years. Donald was a better person knowing all of them, as they were all a part of his family. 

Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services today, Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions in Donald’s name to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA, 94501.

For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

 

Lily Yuriko Warnick, 97, passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, 2019. 

She is survived by her devoted son, Richard Warnick (Amy) of Alameda, sister Sachie Serizawa of Shizuoka Ken, Japan, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, sister Kimiko and brothers Yoshio, Paul, Shigetoshi, Shoji and Johnny.

Lily was born in Pescadero, Calif., to Gisaburo and Saki Serizawa on Nov. 19, 1921, and was the third of eight children. Her father moved the family to Japan in 1935, where Lily went to middle and high school and worked on the family farm. At the end of World War II, Lily worked as a typist and translator in Hakone during the U.S. Occupation. She returned to the United States in 1947. 

While working as a supply manager at the Naval Supply Center in Alameda, she met the love of her life, Army SFC Edward Warnick. They married in 1961, and settled in Alameda, where they would spend the rest of their lives. 

Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to her family and friends and loved spending time with them. She and Ed would often welcome new military transfers and many of Rick’s friends to their home for a temporary place to stay or delicious meals. She was extremely caring and generous and did all she could to help others and kept in touch with them for years afterwards.

Lily loved being with people and was a devoted member of Extending Connections senior group, the Oakland Athletics Booster Club, as well as spending 20 years as an Oakland Athletics volunteer, regularly staffing the designated driver booth at games. 

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Sandcreek Lodge, who lovingly cared for Lily in her last two years; Jo Takata of Extending Connections, who tirelessly leads the Senior group, keeping them active and connected; and Joyce Stanek — Lily’s “boss” at the Oakland Coliseum who managed all of the volunteers with kindness and respect. 

Per her request, no memorial service will be held at this time, but there will be a celebration of her life in November. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity. 

Devanulis F. “Hutch” Hutchinson Jr. passed away in his hometown of Prattville, Ala. 

Hutch was known and loved by many in Alameda where he made his home after retiring from the United States Navy. He served his country as a Chief Petty Officer for more than 20 years. He was decorated with many honors.  

He resided in Alameda with his beloved wife Carol Ann Hutchinson, raising their combined family: his late daughter Julia Renee Hutchinson, son Thomas E Hutchinson Sr. and daughter Maria E Maia Davis. Hutch then provided 35 years of dedicated service with the U.S. Postal Service.  

Hutch was known around town for his baby blue Chevy Luv Truck (The Blue Lizard) that was his signature vehicle, and loved to ride around town to visit everyone.  

He will be missed by many for his kind giving and unconditional friendship he gave to many people. He had several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren who will all miss him. 

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