Obituaries

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Graham Lowe Johnston passed away Jan. 3, 2015, at the age of 64.

The son of Dr. Bernard Johnston and Eileen (Joughin) Johnston, Graham grew up in Alameda. Graham graduated from Alameda High School and the College of Alameda, earning a degree in automotive repair. Graham owned his own auto shop in Albany until he began his career with the city of Oakland. For 24 years Graham worked on repairing and maintaining Oakland’s wide variety of vehicles and fleet of police cars.

Graham was known for his extraordinary marksmanship, competing in shooting competitions all around the U.S. He loved to spend time at his historic cabin in Iowa Hill, a tiny Gold Rush-era town in the Sierra Foothills. He proudly served as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, serving as fire chief of Iowa Hill.

Graham worked tirelessly during the Oakland Hills Fire and rushed to the scene of the Cypress Structure collapse following the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

Graham served as photographer for many weddings, and taught photography for many years for the Alameda Parks Department.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias until the Alameda chapter dissolved. He was a very compassionate and intelligent man, who would unfailingly offer help to those in need. He was a gifted conversationalist who loved to spin yarns for his many friends.

He leaves behind Theresa, his cherished partner of many years, who remained by his side during the difficult final months of his life; a sister, Georgia Ramm; a brother, Charles Johnston; and cousins: Cheryl Gittelson, Penny Schweitzer and Susan Locke. His brother, Bernard Johnston, and cousin, Edward Faust, predeceased him.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service this Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. in Alameda.

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Lori Lynn Phillips Beering entered into rest on Jan. 18, 2015, in Alameda, at the age of 54. She was born on Jan. 23, 1960, in Sacramento.

Lori is a graduate of Rio Linda High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from UC Davis.

A loving mother, wife, sister and friend, she’ll be greatly missed by everyone whose life she has touched. Lori devoted 30 years to creating technologies that would help to improve the lives of others. She loved going to musicals, watching A’s games and traveling to Tahoe with her family. Lori is survived by her husband Frank Beering, her daughter Kendall Beering, her sister Lisa Vergolini (Dino), and her extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Murlene Phillips.

The family invites friends to join in a celebration of her life on Feb. 7, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Putah Creek Lodge at the arboretum on the campus of UC Davis on Putah Creek Lodge Drive in Davis.

Lori will be laid to rest at Tahoe Memorial Columbarium at Lake Tahoe on a separate occasion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or in Lori’s memory to your local animal shelter.

Franklin Fried, the principal presenter of folk and popular music in Chicago for a quarter of a century, died Tuesday evening at his home in Alameda, in the care of his wife, Alice Wilson-Fried, and a large extended family. He was 87.

Frank Fried‘s production company, Triangle Productions, was known for its role in the Beatles’ Chicago concerts in 1964 and 1965, among many other legendary shows, but his signal achievement was organizing the historic 1968 series of benefit concerts in Chicago for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fried is survived by his wife, Alice Wilson-Fried; daughters Pascale Fried (married to Pete Traxler), Isabelle Fried, and Teasha Gable; sons Bruno Fried and Troy Clark (married to Evette Castillo-Clark); and grandchildren Russell Weber, Marie Weber, Troy Clark Jr., Jada Clark, Alex Clark, Alyssa Gable, Emma Gable, Francoise Traxler, and Franklin Clark. He also leaves nieces Ruth Medak, Joanne Medak-Kasteros (married to Peter Kasteros), and Susie Medak (married to Greg Murphy); nephew Alan Medak; great-nieces Anna Fabish (married to Justin Fabish) and Heidi Medak; great-nephews Chris Nekarda, (married to Emily Hildreth) Benjamin Medak-Murphy, and David Medak; and great-great-niece Mila Fabish. His elder sister, Vivian Medak, died in 2004.

Frank’s memorial celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grand View Pavilion, located at 300 Island Drive in Alameda. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to Amandla Magazine in the care of Brian Ashley brian@amandla.org.za or the Center for Constitutional Rights www.ccrjustice.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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