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Oct. 5, 1916 - Jan. 15, 2014
Resident of Oakland

Hugh was born Oct. 5, 1916, in Newark, N.J. to Sydney G. and Ruth Fisher Rubinow. His family lived in various places before moving in 1930 to Berkeley, where he lived for the next 80 years. The final two years of his life were spent at Salem Lutheran Home in Oakland. He had a long career: he owned a construction business, worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and designed piping systems for naval yards and chemical refineries.

He retired from Stauffer Chemical in Martinez. Hugh was a physically fit person who lived with zest. He loved golf, flying small planes, arguing politics and telling stories. He fondly remembered all the pets who shared his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Boyer Rubinow, and brother, Sydney G. Rubinow. He is survived by daughter, Kathleen Hodges and son-in-law, John Hodges of Boise, Idaho; and grandson, Olaf Faaland, Olaf’s wife, Pam Falvo Faaland, and their children, Stefan and Sophia of Alameda. No memorial service is planned. Contributions in Hugh’s memory may be made to the Humane Society, the SPCA, or the charity of your choice.

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, FD 1408, 865-3755

Resident of Alameda Born in Daly City, Patricia lived and passed away peacefully in Alameda. She was the beloved partner of Brad Miner and sister of Sue Mason. Patricia worked for Sybase as a technical writer and enjoyed travel, sports, music and auto racing, was a supporter of the Humane Society and had a special affection for all things hippo.

Private services will be held, and online condolences may be shared at www.greermortuary. com. Donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, FD 1408, 865-3755

LCDR Norman “Skip” Eltringham passed away in Alameda on Jan. 27, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Skip was born in New London, Conn. He was the beloved husband of Edna Eltringham and father of Christopher, Gregory and Timothy. Skip retired as a Lieutenant Commander after 30 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned on USS Skate in the deployment to the Arctic Ocean. He also served submarine tours of duty on USS Darter, USS Tigrone and USS George Bancroft. Surface sea duty tours included USS George Josephus Daniels and USS Samuel Gompers. He served shore tours in Dam Neck, Va.; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Subic Bay, Philippines; Charleston, S.C.; and at the Military Sealift Command, Pacific; and Sea Systems Command. Following his retirement from the navy, Skip embarked on a career in the U.S. Merchant Marine beginning in 1993. He worked on deep sea vessels with Military Sealift Command (MSC). After three years with MSC he worked as a relief captain for the Marine Science Institute. He also worked as a relief captain on the oil spill response vessel, Pacific Responder, and was the lead captain on the former Presidential Yacht Potomac. He was also a member of the volunteer crew of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien (Second Mate). Skip held a U.S. Coast Guard license as Master 1600 Gross Tons Oceans and Second Mate AGT Oceans. He was a graduate of Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. with a B.S. degree in Business and Economics. Family and Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda.

For further information call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745) Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St. Alameda (510) 522-6020