Obituaries

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Born in Stockton to the late William Harkey George and Terese Biebel George, Bill was the beloved husband of 55 years of Judith A. George, brother of the late Helen Lawson and Enid Alden and godfather of John Gottardi and James Harder. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, a great niece, a great-great nephew and his dog Matilda.

An avid photographer, Bill was the proprietor of William George Photography in Alameda. He also was an antique car enthusiast and member of the Acorn A’s Model A Club. His other interest included extensive travel.

Family and friends may visit on Sunday, Aug. 10, after 3 p.m. and are invited to attend the Vigil Service, also on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m., at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri, 3108 Van Buren St. Committal to follow at Colusa Cemetery.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be offered to the SPCA.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Margaret Dana passed away after a brief illness. She spent her last days surrounded by friends, family, music, and much love.

Born in Mayslick, Ken., she attended school in Hollywood, where her cultural interests blossomed. She earned her bachelor of arts and Ph.D in English from UC Riverside and went on to inspire countless students as a tenured professor at California Baptist College in Riverside.

After retiring to Alameda, she continued to read voraciously, take classes, attend opera and theater, and cherish the community at Grace North Church.

She is survived by her daughter Cathy, sons Greg and Paul, grandson Maxfield and granddaughter Shannon. Her wit, passion, and intelligence will be deeply missed.

Friends and family are warmly invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service and gathering on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Grace North Church in Berkeley, 2138 Cedar St.

Bob Thomas Neill Johnston

Nov 24, 1943 – Jul 19, 2014

Resident of Alameda

Alameda resident Bob Thomas Neill Johnston passed away on July 19, 2014 at the age of 70 after a long and brave struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Sharon Johnston, his two sons Mikael and Robert Johnston and three grandchildren Mikael Jr., Elisabetha and Wesley Johnston.

Bob led a life of dedication to his country serving in the United States Air Force during Vietnam from 1966 to 1970 where he reached the rank of Captain and earned the Air Force’s Medal of Commendation. After an honorable discharge from the military Bob went on to work for the General Services Administration (GSA) where he reached a grade of GS-15, retiring in 2002 as the Assistant Regional Deputy Director for the Pacific Rim.

Bob loved working with technology both professionally and privately. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he often attended the famed Homebrew Computer Club where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak first demonstrated their Apple 1 computer.

However, computers weren’t Bob’s only hobby, he also shared a love of classic films. In the late 1990s he was a contributing author for the critically acclaimed biography of Hollywood legend Vera-Ellen entitled "The Magic and the Mystery: Vera-Ellen." In retirement Bob enjoyed collecting classic films with his wife, gardening, reading, building computers, donating his time to charity, spending time with family and Hamm Radio operation.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Funeral services have been held.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD-1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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