Does a father cease to be a father when he passes on to the next life? The same question can be asked for a spouse, a sibling, a child, or a friend. Coming through the night into the light of a new day, on Sept. 23, 2014, Richard William Green Sr., always known as Bill, left this world, holding the hand of his wife Judie Green.
A magnificent man who cared with a deep gracious open heart for his family and friends, who always had a smile, a story, a song (often badly sung — which was part of his charm), or a bit of wisdom to share, he was there for you.
Born in Texas, moving to Jackson, Mississippi where he graduated high school and met his first wife, Betty Sue Brown, when they were assigned to be lab partners. He continued his education at Tulane University and SMU. He and Betty had two children, Doris Brannan Green (now Powell), and his son, Richard William Green, Jr.
His early love of golf, a game taught to him by his father, E. Bill Green, had him golfing in Pro-Am tournaments in his late teens. He carried that love of golf all through his life, playing as often as he could. At the Santa Maria Country Club he hit a hole-in-one from the 13th tee, and his response was, "Oh no! Now I have to buy a round for everyone!" Bill loved to make and win bets. He won thousands and lost thousands over the years, ultimately breaking "just about even," when all was said and done. The week leading up to his last day, he was playing golf in Lake Tahoe, leaving only when the fires were a little "too hot."
When he became a father, he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the hospitality business working primarily as a general manager of notable hotels including Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri, the Santa Maria Inn, where he met Judie Moritz whom he married, and the Powell Hotel in San Francisco. He also worked for Hilton Inns becoming a regional manager for several years.
Bill loved working with people, teaching them skills, developing their talents and forwarding their professional abilities. A mark of distinction for him was his beating performance margins and turning a profit for his hotels. He truly loved the hotel business and left a mark along the way. After retiring from the Powell Hotel, he and Judie returned to Santa Maria, where he was welcomed back as "Mr. Hospitality," and "Mr. Santa Maria Inn."
It was in Santa Maria where Bill met Judie Moritz, who became his spouse and companion for a wonderful 22 years. They loved to spend time in Mazatlan with friends that they accumulated with their annual return to the beach. He loved to lead games of "Screw your neighbor," where he would hold court and try to win it all before being, "Nah-nah-nah-nahed," right out of the game. His son and daughter-in-law began to vacation with them, and more recently his youngest grandson joined the annual trip there.
Bill’s knowledge of wine and food was extraordinary. He loved talking about good wines, and taking friends and family to the Central Coast vineyards. He was delighted when one of his favorites, "Foxen," was prominent in the movie "Sideways."
Bill loved to be in the kitchen cooking up something good to eat for whomever might have been around. If you ever asked him how he made something, or if you could get the recipe, he immediately would begin to recite the ingredients, then walk you through the steps, the timing, the temperatures and the tricks and tips of making it, much better than a simple recipe could do.
When his son married at 43 years of age, he rose to speak. Settling in with a soft playful phrase, he then proceeded to say how proud he was of this moment, and began to cry for the first time that his son had ever seen him do so. Bill was a pillar in the family and a gentleman Southerner at heart. He was hardly ever more joyous than when he sat with, read to, or played with his grandson, Logan.
Bill Green was one of the most loyal, trusting, caring and ethical men that the hotel business has ever known. He walks with us in our hearts and reminds us of the right way to live a good life.
He is survived by: his his wife, Judie Green, step-mother Jean Green, brothers John Green, and E. Bill Green, step-sister, Becky Loper ex-wife, Betty Sue Green, daughter, Brannan (Phil) Powell, son, William Green, daughter-in-law, Anna Leah Ah, granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson, grandsons, Nick Johnson, William Logan Green, great-grandson Talon Blakely, stepchildren Stephan Gables, Lisa (Shaun) Tibbs, Gina Gables; step-grandson Ryan Tibbs, nephews Andrew Green, Duke Loper. and countless friends.
Bill requested that there be no funeral services. To honor him, his family will plant a tree along the course at the Santa Maria Country Club, perhaps at the 13th hole. He celebrated life and wished that, if anything, you celebrate his life by living yours more fully.
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Michael Evan Yan-Wei Smith was born March 4, 1992, in Winchester, Va. and moved with his family to Alameda in the summer of 1993.
While attending Otis Elementary School, he played T-Ball, soccer, became a cub scout and was a member of the Alameda Pirate Football and Alameda Youth Basketball (AYB) teams. He continued with AYB while at Lincoln Middle School.
His true love was football, playing all four years at Alameda High School. His football enthusiasm could be found off the field, working hard in the weight training program with other members of the football squad. He graduated in 2010 and went onto community college, exploring the fields of film and philosophy.
Michael proved to be more of a hands-on person and decided to pursue a machinist career, training in the Laney College Machining Program in 2013. Michael was passionate about his interests — sports, health, and his concerns for others. He followed the Golden State Warriors and Baltimore Ravens making sure he never missed a game.
As much as he loved talking and watching sports, he always enjoyed a pick-up game of basketball, or just working out on pull-ups and box jumps. He was conscious about eating healthy and purchasing natural products that supported health and the environment; he was constantly thinking about how to improve his well-being and the world around him.
Michael also had great compassion for those less fortunate — the homeless and the hungry and eagerly volunteered by working at the Alameda Food Bank.
Overall Michael was a noble, caring and inquisitive young man with a gift for math and writing, profound empathy and ability to relate to others, and zeal for knowledge. He enjoyed traveling, spending time in Hawaii, the East Coast, Canada, France and most recently, Australia.
He loved his family and friends, he was always ready and willing to help and received much satisfaction in contributing his time.
He will be greatly missed by his parents, Mike and Grace; sister, Maile; grandmothers Connie and Miranda; uncles and aunts: Ken and Tricia, Kathleen, Ed and Phyllis, John and Suzanna, Yvonne; his cousins: Margie and Mike, Tony and Lauren, Todd, Ryan and Jenet, Danielle and Sondre, Brittany and Jared, Tayler and Clayton; his friends and football buddies.
All of us, who knew him, loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the following organizations in Michael’s name: Alameda County Community Food Bank (P.O. Box 2599, Oakland, CA 94614-0599; Attn: Memorial Fund c/o Michael Evan Smith), Bay Area Suicide & Crisis Intervention Alliance (P.O Box 3120 Oakland, CA 94609; Attn: Memorial Fund c/o Michael Evan Smith), or The Alameda High School Football Program.
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Bob passed away suddenly on Sept. 11. He is survived by his wife, Mary Wood, devoted daughter Lavinia (Levi) Montero and grandson, Matthew Cummings of San Diego. Levi’s younger brother is Ray Brown, the father of Jada and Justin Brown. Bob’s siblings are Barbara Munson, Larry Brown and Greg Brown.
Bob was born in Ohio in 1944 and spent his early years in Saudi Arabia where his father was a doctor for the Aramco Oil company. He attended high school in Chico, then moved to Berkeley to go to Cal. He married Icole Wyrick and moved to Fresno, Richmond and Castro Valley to raise their family.
Bob could talk to anyone. He had a wonderful sense of humor, often silly, and a talent for good and truly awful puns.
He delighted in helping others. He loved children and would even listen to baby stories. He loved to give gifts, and take people pictures and read articles from the Internet. He liked crafts and inventing ways to do things with cans, carabiners, clothespins, binder clips, tape and magnets. He loved learning, doing esoteric math in his head and reading up about current events, science and physics.
A memorial will be held Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services at 2694 Blanding Ave. Please no flowers or donations.
If you have stories about Bob or remember his puns, the family would love to hear them at the memorial.
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