Obituaries

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Born in Oakland to the late Francis and Kathleen Reilly, Bob died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Kathleen Reilly, his brother, Jack Reilly, and sister-in-law, Sally Reilly. Bob was the loving husband of Lois Reilly, devoted father of Mary, Chris, Cathy and Joan, stepfather of Mark, Vince, Robert and John and loving grandfather of Jonathan, Anna, Allison, Hayden, Bridget and Michael. He was adored by his cat Rolf and dog Peggy.

Bob attended SF City College (AA), SFSU (BA), USF (life teaching credential) and Cal State East Bay, where he received his master’s degree in education administration. He taught at Encinal High School from 1956 to 1964, then spent a year in the district office before founding Island High School and working there as Principal for seven years. He then became principal of the Alameda Adult School until his retirement in 1992. He also taught courses for teachers throughout his career, part-time, at Cal State University (East Bay) and UC Berkeley.

Bob was active in adult education development throughout California. He enjoyed reading and listening to classical music while smoking cigars.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St., in Alameda, immediately followed by a reception.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to The Franciscan Fathers, St. Elizabeth Parish, Office of Development, 1500 34th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408

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Robert Alan Cowart passed away on Oct 31, 2014, at home in Alameda after a four-year battle with cancer.

Born July 4, 1955, in Benton County, Oregon, he was the fourth child of five. He was an amazing musician and sailor, understood and could fix anything electronic, was able to build or repair anything and was a true Renaissance man. Life to him was a big adventure, and he lived it to the fullest.

He is pre-deceased by his oldest sibling, Diane Ward, and is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamela, and daughter Jessica, as well as his sisters Robin Cowart, April Tarango and brother Eric (Debbie) Cowart, and numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Robert’s life will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. Anyone who would like to join the celebration is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, donation information online at www.lls.org.

Paul Edward Berger, 68, passed away Oct. 31 after a valiant battle with kidney disease. He spent his last days at his home in Alameda with his family at his side.

Born in the Bronx in 1946, Paul was the third son of George and Elaine Berger.

Paul graduated from Christopher Columbus High School before earning his bachelor of arts finance degree from Boston University. After stints as a Good Humor truck driver and lie detector operator, Paul traveled west in the mid-1960s and en route met his wife Diana.

Landing in Alameda, Paul became controller at companies such as Mack Truck and Occupational Health Services. Paul and his wife later built small businesses D&F Floral and The Sandwich Garden before retiring. Paul was one of the founding members of the Alameda Little League and coached his sons for several years.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Diana; devoted children Donald (Shannon) of Danville; John (Carol) of Walnut Creek and Jeremy (Lynn) of Novato. He was "G-Pa" to grandchildren: Justin, Jordie, Jacob, Sydney, Kendall, Brian and Jackson. He is also survived by his brothers Mel of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.: Stuart of Alameda and Randy of Las Vegas.

Friends and family are invited to a family visitation, sharing of loving memories and reception on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408

865-3755 greermortuary.com

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