Obituaries

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On Nov. 1, 2018, Brian Edward Brown passed away unexpectedly at his home in Sacramento. Brian was born in Oakland to Jim and Karen Brown and raised in Alameda. He attended Bishop O’Dowd High School and Humboldt State University. 

He worked alongside his father and brother Greg for many years at their family business, Brown Brothers Shoes. 

Brian was an avid and talented fisherman and spent many of his best days on the water. He loved to travel to visit family and friends and was the best dog father any dog could hope for. He will be remembered for his generosity, his laugh and his charm. We will miss him every day.

Brian is survived by his parents, Jim and Karen, his brother Greg (Erin), nephew Sebastian, stepson Eduardo Mora, former wife Tania Loera, the Saulovich and Buswell families, his beloved dog Rocky and countless close friends he considered family. 

Private services will be held and a celebration of life event will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Sacramento SPCA at sspca.salsalabs.org or another animal rescue organization of choice.

Elinor Therese (Mulqueeney) Lahaie, 93, of Alameda, passed away on Oct. 22, 2018, with daughters Therese and Jeanne by her side. Despite her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she had her eyes and heart open to everyone she met and was noted for her wit, intellect, kindness and compassion.

Elinor was born in Quincy, Mass., to Augustine and Margaret (Flaherty) Mulqueeney on Jan. 5, 1925. She gained a lifelong love of reading and appreciation of American history and literature growing up in Quincy as she walked by the home of John and Abigail Adams on her way to school.

Though she attended secretarial school, she regretted not going to college throughout the years she was married and raised her children. When she was approaching retirement, her husband Wilfrid David Lahaie encouraged her to apply to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She blossomed there and loved learning more about American history and literature. She graduated magna cum laude and won an Academic award for excellence when she graduated from University of Massachusetts, Lowell, circa 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

She and Will met at Wells Beach, Me., in the 1940s, and they had a fondness for each other. After the Great Depression and World War II, Will went into the monastery briefly to try to make sense of all of the death and destruction he had witnessed during the war. Luckily he didn’t stay there long! 

Mom bumped into his best friend Bill Welch walking down the street in Boston in the mid 1950s. He informed her Will was out of the monastery and encouraged Elinor to call him, which women didn’t do in those days. But she did. As Will tells the story, “I said, ‘Let’s get together, and we were together for the next 55 years.’” They married on June 29, 1957, and had five children.

Elinor and Will were very active in their community, including St. Theresa’s Church of Billerica, Mass. She was a cherished member of the St. Theresa’s Women’s Club and taught the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. She was a Girl Scout leader and led her troop in erosion control at Walden Pond and on nature walks in the Great Meadows in Concord, Mass., as well as camping and art and history museums. Elinor was an avid birder and shared her love of birding and nature with her five children. She loved to hike and practiced orienteering. She predated GPS mapping and was known to pop out a compass during car trips to determine the proper direction. 

Elinor is preceded in death by: her parents Augustine and Margaret Mary (Flaherty) Mulqueeney, her husband of 53 years Wilfrid David Lahaie, her sister Francis McClellan, her in-laws Peter and Eva Lahaie, her sister-in-law (Bob) and Lorraine Moroney, brother-in-laws Robert and Gerald Lahaie, nephew Paul Fallon and daughter-in-law Kim Lahaie.

She is survived by her children: Therese Lahaie of Emeryville, David (Linden) Lahaie of Seattle, Neil Lahaie of Oakland, Daniel (Alisa) Lahaie of Covington, Wash., and Jeanne Marie Lahaie of Alameda; sister Ann (Jack Fallon); sisters-in-law Claudette Lahaie and Annmarie Lahaie; grandchildren: Sarah Lahaie, Kirstin Lahaie, Brooke Lahaie, Simone Lahaie and Naomi Lahaie; brother-in-law Paul Lahaie; nieces and nephews: Susan Lahaie, Ann (Brent) Soucie, Paul Lahaie, Peter (Mercedes) Lahaie, Mary Claire Moroney, Bill Moroney, John McClellan, Robert (Stephanie) McClellan, Paul McClellan, Annmarie Fallon, John Jr., Claire Fallon Bast, Gregory (Carin) Fallon; Arlene Mulqueeney of San Mateo, and her sons with Jack Mulqueeney, Sr.: Michael, Dennis (Patti), Mark (France) and Jack and their children.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph Basilica at 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda on Saturday, Nov. 10. A reception will follow the mass at a location to be determined. Family welcomes all who want to attend and suggest RSVP to Jeanne Lahaie at 
jmlahaie@yahoo.com

Elinor and Will’s ashes will be interred in the columbarium at Mountain View Cemetery in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of choice or to honor Elinor at Mastick Senior Center, Team Elinor at the East Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s, or the Bay Area Chapter of Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Or take a walk in nature, check out a book from the library, welcome a stranger, or give someone a smile and a hug.

With great sadness, we lost a good man, James Albert Chapin, Jr. He was 95 years old.

On Oct. 27, 2018, James, as he was affectionally called, passed peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving caregiver. Per his wishes, James asked that he pass in the comfort of his home.

The only son of the late Ina Thompson Chapin and James Albert Chapin, James was born in Oakland and moved to Alameda as a toddler. His parents started The Chapin Stationary Store, the first of its kind in Alameda, that spanned more than 70 years. After his parents passed, James continued to manage the store with the help of Nancy Anderson, the store accountant. People often labeled the store as the “white lady’s store,” because most of the employees and clientele had white hair! Due to a lot of competition in the business world, James and Nance decided to retire and closed the store in 1986.

After graduating from Alameda High School, James enlisted in the army and was stationed in Europe and the Philippines. As a World War II veteran, James loved travelling the world. He had a passion for golf and photography and was an avid member of the Elks Club for many years.

James is survived by his only cousin, Ron Jones (Teri) of Reno, Nev., his caregiver of 23 years, Rodrigo Emperador and Elenita Vicentio and Allan Cruz, his caregivers for 13 years.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services in James’ honor. Visitation will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services. A funeral mass will take place this Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church. James will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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