Obituaries

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Bette West-Fleenor left this life, surrounded by her loving family, on Sept. 20, 2018. She is survived by her three wonderful children: William Fleenor (Kimberly), Patricia Rolland and Rebecca Fleenor-Berman (Glenn). She also leaves behind her two brothers Robert West (Cathy), and James West. Bette is additionally survived by her grandchildren: Ryan Rolland, Russell Rolland (Lauren), Brandon Rolland (Erin), Laura Roil (James) and Trisha Ayllon. 

She was exceedingly close to and proud of her entire family and was the center of all of our attentions up to the finale of her life. Bette was an extraordinary woman who always kept her family as the primary priority in her life. Bette’s home was her world and we were all blessed to be an integral important part of that. 

She showed us how to be caring, compassionate and conscientious people through the examples she set and the simple loving life that she led. Bette taught us how to nurture the family she created, through her actions and her kind thoughtful words. 

We, in turn, were able to reciprocate her caring and humanity, in the finest way possible, through her teachings, her grace and her gratitude. 

Her entire family honored her wishes and cared for her, in her own exquisite ways, in her own home, until her finale. She was our anchor that kept us from drifting apart and the glue that kept the family tapestry continually together. 

She will forever be missed and loved. We each hold a very personal part of her; close to our hearts, our minds and all of our experiences. We are all better loving people because of Bette’s influence on us and her participation in our lives. 

Bette always made those people around her feel special, needed and wanted, with her warm and wonderful ways. Her smile lit up her home and anywhere she went. The light she instilled in this world will forever be lit through all of us. 

We embrace and delight in all the memories of her rich, long life and particularly want to thank every single one who aided in making Bette’s life superlative, enriching and filled with exceptional love and understanding. 

The hospice workers, nurses and attendees are the earthly angels of this world. We could not have done the tender caring without them. Bette accepted them into her family as though they were each important cherished family members, as did we all. 

Bette West Fleenor will live on in spirit in everyone’s life she touched. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Garden Isle Clubhouse located at 1060 Melrose Ave. All who knew her are invited to attend.  

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the passing of Chris Thomas Long. He died in his home with his wife Ann Bullis in Sacramento on July 8, 2018. He was born to Thomas P. Long and Agnes R. McMurray-Long on Oct. 2, 1956, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For most of his young life as a military child, he moved across the country with his family. 

They finally settled in Alameda in 1961 at the Alameda Naval Air Station. He attended Alameda and Island high schools before entering the United States Army in 1974. While in the army, he learned the trade of carpentry. He was relieved of active duty in 1977 with a full honorable discharge in 1980. 

He continued to work and live in Alameda as a roofer, maintenance worker and eventually found a secure place at Pagano’s Hardware. He enjoyed working with the public and helping everyday people find solutions to everyday problems. He would never sit idle and kept his skilled hands busy. If he ever made a visit to someone’s home, he would offer to do a repair while he was there. 

He was a quiet and thoughtful man who respected all. He didn’t pass judgment on others and was always simple and direct with his observations. He was a loving brother, father, husband, and all-around good man. 

He is survived by his wife, Ann Bullis; his children: Tobi Madden, Kristina Long, Todd Long and Joshua Hoyt; and his siblings: Winona Rangel, Kim Long, Kirk (Patrick) Long and Karry Carr. May God hold his soul in peace and love. 

To honor his last wish, there will be no formal services, but instead a simple gathering of family and friends at Crab Cove on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come and share stories, laughter and to comfort each other in honor of a great man’s passing. 

Robert Louis Doumitt, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Robert was born in Portland, Ore., on May 21, 1928, to Najib and Adell Doumitt. He was a proud resident of Alameda for 82 years.

A graduate of Alameda High School, he joined the Army Reserve and began studies at San Francisco City College while working for his father in his orthopedic shoe store in the city. 

In the mid-1960s, Bob re-imaged his father’s business into what would become one of San Francisco’s premier women’s shoe boutiques, offering the latest in imported fashions from around the globe. Doumitt Shoes expanded and ultimately grew to 13 locations in the Greater Bay Area. 

Bob was most at home on the sales floor, where his naturally outgoing personality enabled him to charm the shoes right onto the feet of many hesitant customers. Just before his retirement in 1999, he opened a final Doumitt Shoes store with his son Tony on the site of the former Alameda Drug Store at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.  

Bob was also an avid golfer and tennis player and could frequently be found on the local links or the courts at the Harbor Bay Club. Later in life he could be seen tooling around the island he so loved on his three-wheeled bike, always ready to stop to have a conversation with an old friend or even a perfect stranger. He was most often seen in the company of his faithful Yorkshire terrier, Mac. 

His many friends will remember “Dooms” for his warm, caring personality and jovial laughter. His family will remember a larger-than-life father and grandfather who never missed an opportunity to remind them how much he loved them and how blessed he was. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley; son Robert Jr., (Annissa); grandchildren: Hannah, Isabella and Emery; daughter Carrie Gonsalves (Bill), grandchildren Allie and Bradley; son Tony (Angie), grandchildren: Elise, Christian and Carly; siblings Gerry Page and Mary Reiser and his beloved Yorkie, Mac. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jackie Haddad and Bette Dunn.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Bob’s life and a memorial mass on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St. Memorial donations may be made to Alameda Meals on Wheels or Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter.

 

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