Helen Hope Colgan, 90, of Alameda died on May, 27, 2019, in Alameda. She was born Helen Hope Evans on Jan. 18, 1929, in Duluth, Minn., daughter of the late John Leonard Evans and Amy Magnusson Evans.
Helen went to grade school and high school in Duluth, then attended Carleton College for two years before transferring to the University of Wisconsin where she graduated with a major in dance. She worked college summers in youth camps and at Yellowstone National Park.
After graduation, she taught dance in New York City before moving back to the Twin Cities and working for several years in the insurance industry. Tiring of the cold weather, she moved west, where she met Bill Colgan. They were married in 1956. She resided in the Oakland Hills, at Lake Tahoe, in Lake Havasu City, and finally coming back to the Bay Area, living in Alameda.
Helen traveled extensively — first to various western states on spring breaks, then overseas, including Iceland, Hawaii, Russia, China, Baja, California, cruising the Straits of Magellan, Greece and following Marco Polo’s travels along the Route of the Caravans.
In her 60s, she returned to U.S. destinations taking nearly 40 Elder Hostel programs.
She loved dogs, and when she didn’t have one of her own in tow, she would walk whoever in the neighborhood was willing to follow.
Helen always enjoyed writing, She was first published in a newspaper when she was eight, winning second prize in a local contest. Later, she co-edited her high school newspaper.
While raising a family, she continued to write and publish stories of her travels and poetry, especially haiku.
Helen is survived by husband Bill Colgan of Alameda and three sons: Curtis Struck of Ames, Iowa; Sean Colgan (Louise) of Newark, Calif.; and Evan Colgan of Montvale, N.J. with his three children William, Annie and Laura Colgan.
She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Evans and sister Martha Evans.
The family of Del Bain lost its leader. Del passed away at home with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. He bravely fought vascular dementia for the past three years at home with the help of his wife, Diana, and various wonderful caregivers.
Del was a Realtor for more than 50 years. He was an agent, broker and manager-owner of a multi-office company in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1965 to 1980. He was involved in leadership, training and development programs for many years and was a contributing author to the RS Courses. At the local level, Del was a life member of the Million Dollar Club and was selected Realtor of the Year. He was also appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Housing in the City of San Leandro.
At the state level, Del served as director for the California Association of Realtors for 14 years. He chaired numerous education committees.
At the national level, Del was a senior instructor, chaired Realtors National Marketing Institute (RNMI) committees. He was president of the Residential Sales Council in 1982, financial vice-president of RNMI and a RNMI director. Internationally, he participated in the creation and delivery of programs in Australia, Canada, China, Puerto Rico and South Africa. Del loved real estate and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with Realtors everywhere. He took great pride in his career.
Del also had a plan to travel the world with Diana. They had many adventures as he believed in always having something to look forward to, whether places far flung, or simply up at Lake Tahoe. He especially loved long cruises, where he played ping pong to his hearts’ content and drank vodka tonics on the balcony. He loved games and country music — and could he dance!
He played golf, tennis and especially enjoyed card games. He played Liars’ Dice like a pro. Ping pong at the Bain or Clyma homes was highly competitive — he loved playing games with his family.
Del leaves behind his wife, Diana; daughter Terry Clyma (Jeff); son Rory Bain (Lisa); four grandsons: Garin Clyma (Kim); Chase Clyma (fiancée Emily); Heath Bain and Brooks Bain; step-grandchildren Ryan Clyma (Braidy); Roger Boulden (fiancée Moira); Rosie Boulden and great-grandchildren Levi Clyma and Kaycee Clyma.
He was a loving and well-loved man who will be dearly missed.
A celebration of life will be held at noon, Saturday, June 15, at Bay Farm Community Church in Alameda. Donations in his memory can be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California or to a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to caregivers from Tender Rose, Visiting Angels and Ace Home Health and Hospice in Orinda.
Doralyn Poirier passed away at home with hospice care after suffering a fall on Jan. 22.
She was born in the Parkins family home in North Oakland. By great good fortune she was a neighbor to the Viennese immigrant refugee family of Felix Khuner who taught her to play the violin. She became a member of the Cal Berkeley Symphony at age 14 while still in Oakland Tech High School. Later she soloed with the Oakland Symphony. Later still, she played in the Honolulu Symphony. Chamber music became her passion which she performed for the rest of her life in groups such as Senza Ritmo and the Contra Costa Performing Artists Society as well as for private weddings and house concerts.
She was very active in the Alameda Clara Barton Society, which supported Alameda charities even running the fundraising for the once-huge, city-wide Dominos tournament for several years. At the Mastick Senior Center she taught MahJongg for more than 20 years. She was also an ardent member of Encinal Yacht Club where she supported yacht racing duties and social activities to the point of being designated an honorary member after 46 years of service.
Doralyn spent more than 10 years at Southern Pacific Railroad as the first female freight rate clerk. In Alameda she worked for the Alameda Times-Star newspaper and was a founding employee of the Alameda Journal. She was also a long-time voting precinct inspector.
During her husband’s retirement they traveled on a dozen ocean cruise ships and three river boats in Europe navigating the Seine, the Rhine and the Danube rivers.
She drove a 1995 BelAir Chevy off the show room floor back in 1955 and still owned it at her death.
She is survived by her husband Paul her sister Janice Habiger of Danville and sons Victor and Jason plus grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Two babies Leyland and Gwendolyn predeceased her.
The family requests memorial donations be made to a favorite charity.