Obituaries

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On the bright and beautiful morning of Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, Mike joined his father, Charlie, and his treasured black-and-white cat, Spooky, in a pain-free world where, blessedly, there are no more battles for this courageous warrior to face.  

Mike was born in Mobile, Ala., raised in Pascagoula, Miss., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1968. Upon graduation, he received his commission into the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam for one combat tour of duty, and was awarded a  Bronze Star.  After discharge, Mike settled in Dallas and was recruited and trained by Xerox Corp. in professional sales. 

Mike’s Southern charm, his quick wit and great sense of humor, together with his movie-star good looks, served him well at Xerox and later when he worked for Baxter-Travenol in Houston in medical sales. He was always in the top tier of sales producers and earned many much-enjoyed luxury European trips.  

He loved traveling and, with his keen sense of observation and tremendous people skills, it was a joy to travel with him. In his last years closer to home, he was entranced by the incomparable beauty of Yosemite Valley and the Monterey Peninsula.

He leaves a cathedral-full of grieving family and friends behind:  his beloved “Scoot” Leslie, his sister Melanie, niece Shelsea, great-nephew Miles, lifelong friends along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Texas, and those who loved him here in his adopted state of California to where his heart transported him in 1991. He fell in love with Alameda in 1996 and persuaded Leslie to make this charming town their home.  

At one time, Mike was active in the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, earning the Distinguished Kiwanian Award; he delivered meals to seniors with Alameda’s Meals on Wheels, and he served as a dedicated volunteer at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Mike’s family is indebted to the San Francisco VA Medical Center at Ft. Miley for the extraordinary care Mike received over the past 27 years, particularly, Doctors: John Straznickas, Maya Dulay, Lygia Stewart and J. Ben Davoren;  Nurses: Deborah (“Stick”) Burgoon, Judy Sheridan, Bill Hollowell, and Christy Burns. Louise (“Hotshot”) Wu in Pharmacy and Dietitian Peter Mak were Godsends during some tough challenges. 

At UCSF, Dr. Mekhail Anwar and the Radiation Oncology Team were, and are, the best in the business.  There is no adequate way to thank them for their dedication.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Disabled American Vets www.dav.org or to UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, www.cancer.ucsf.edu. 

Services are pending. For further details, contact Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, Alameda.

Born in Centralia, Pa., to the late Catherine Dugan and Stephen Horan, Mary E. Dermont, 90, passed away peacefully in Pleasanton on Dec. 5, 2018.

Mary was a long-time resident of Alameda and congregant of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph R. Dermont, her son Joseph S. Dermont and her daughter Mary Blackshere.

She is survived by her children: Mark Dermont, Stephanie Dermont, Susan Dermont, Margaret Gregory, Elizabeth Johnson, Simone Dermont, Virginia Dermont-Hill and her sister Peggie Martin of Mount Carmel, Pa.

Mary was the loving grandmother to: Charlene Cleary, Wendy Ovalle, Douglas Gregory, Michael and Sean Dermont, John Hollis, Christina Billus, Ashley Johnson, Mary and Sarah Johnson, Jennifer and Cassandra Hill and great-grandmother to: Denver Cleary, Isaac and Isabel Ovalle, Dylan and Ariel Gregory, Aubreann Yost and Giselle Billus.

Mary was a gentle soul who loved reading, watching mysteries and spending time with her family.

Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, Dec. 13, after 5 p.m. and attend a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1427 Sixth St. She will be laid to rest with her husband Joseph at the Presidio National Cemetery in San Francisco.

Born Nov. 8, 1950, at Alameda Hospital, Marc Christian Richardson  passed away Nov. 15, 2018, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska due to complications related to his service in Vietnam. Marc served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force, 23 months of which he spent in Vietnam. 

He is predeceased by his parents Jackie and Al Richardson. Marc leaves behind his wife Gina and her extended family, his sister Victoria Ramirez (Robert), and younger brothers: Matthew (Cindi), Jon and Marshall, as well as his nephews: Matthew, Marc, Michael, Al, Ricky, Marshall and nieces Denise and Jackie. 

Marc and Gina moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, 30 years ago where Gina was stationed with the U.S. Army.  

Marc was an avid reader. He and Gina enjoyed going to movies at least once a week and always had a jigsaw puzzle in progress on their special table. Marc loved to discuss all Marvel and DC comics characters from their inception in the comic books to the latest movies. 

Marc will be missed beyond words.

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