Obituaries

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Edward S. Gallagher, 80, of Rossmoor and Alameda, died in his sleep on March 10, 2019, at home in the company of his longtime partner. 

Ed was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Oakland, the son of Bernard and Lillian (Doig) Gallagher. Ed was a playful, caring and compassionate person who strived to maintain many lifelong friendships. He attended St. Leo’s Grammar School and Bishop O’Dowd High School, where he played basketball. Ed earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1960 and later served as president of the University’s Alumni Association. 

Ed received his medical degree from Marquette University in 1964, completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He then served in the U.S. Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. While at Marquette, he met and married Mary Jo “Pinky” Dowell in Los Angeles in 1964. They had four children. 

Upon completion of his military service, he returned to the Bay Area with his family and began his career as a physician in private practice. After obtaining a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, he took a position as the Public Health Officer for Washoe County in Nevada in the late 1970s. He later became the State Health Officer in Idaho. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ed served as Corporate Medical Director for AT&T and later worked as a medical director for the state hospital in Napa. Until he retired in 2017, he served as a medical consultant for the State of California Social Security Disability Office in Oakland.

A curious and active person, Ed enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new places. He was an avid hiker known to blaze his own trails when they weren’t marked. He particularly enjoyed hiking at Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, Pt. Reyes, Yosemite and along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In recent years, he and his partner enjoyed many trips to Europe, South America and beyond. He had a lifelong interest in spirituality and meditated regularly. 

A loving father and grandfather, Ed is survived by his longtime partner, Christine Buck of Alameda; his children: son Matthew (Emily) Gallagher of Lake Forest Park, Wash., and their children, Graham and Claire; son Bernard (Karen) Gallagher of Madison, Wisc., and their children, Quinlan and Meredith; daughter Megan (Patrick) Chatfield of Seattle, and their children, Bridget and Oliver; daughter Marisa Gallagher of El Cerrito; and ex-wife, “Pinky” Gallagher of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rita Gallagher and his brother, George Gallagher.

A funeral mass for Ed will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill, followed by a celebration of life nearby so that family and friends may share memories and a toast to his great spirit and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations in Ed’s memory be made to a favorite charity.

 

 

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. 

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