Longtime Alameda hairstylist Kenneth “Ken” Darrell, 74, passed away May 30, 2019, at his home in Livermore with his wife Linda, daughter Kristin, son-in-law Kenon and two grandchildren Brooke and Brady.
Ken was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., to George and Sylvia Darrell. He married Linda Angerame on Feb. 20, 1977, in West Hempstead, N.Y. They traveled across the country together on a motorcycle and arrived in Alameda.
Ken operated Ken Darrell’s Hair Design at the Encinal Shopping Center for more than 30 years. The many stylists and customers that worked with him remember his sense of humor, his wonderful storytelling and many great conversations in his stylist’s chair.
Ken and Linda became parents on March 13, 1981, to their daughter Kristin Lyn. They moved to a ranch in Livermore in 1986 and owned many animals.
Ken was known for his love for his family and his love for all of his animals, which over the years included: dogs, cats, pigs, horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits and sheep. He was also known for his consistent and determined work ethic.
Friends and family celebrated Ken’s life at a memorial service held June 14 at Chapel of Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore, officiated by Clay Felicitas.
Love lives on
Those we love are never really lost to us.
We feel them in so many special ways. Through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days, in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone.
Those we love are never really lost to us. For everywhere their special love lives on.
— A. Bradley
Jonathan “Logan” Padre, 19, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019. Logan was born on March 1, 2000, in San Francisco. He is survived by his mother and father, Jade and Rudy Padre, Jr.; his younger brother, Dominic; Lola Pury Salamanca; Grandpa Rudy Padre, Sr.; Aunt Rosemarie and Uncle James Brooks and numerous Godparents and cousins. Logan was preceded in death by Lolo Jose Salamanca, Grandma Sally Padre, Aunt Rosalyn Padre and Uncle Joel Salamanca.
Logan lived in Newark, Calif., through April 2016, where he attended Bunker Elementary, Newark Junior High and Newark High School. Upon moving to Alameda in May 2016, he attended Alameda High School, where he proudly led the procession across the stage and graduated in June 2018. He proceeded to spend his 2018-2019 school year attending the adult transition-continuing education program in Alameda, while working a part-time position at Walgreen’s.
Logan’s village of support not only included his parents, but the myriad of agencies, therapists and case managers, classroom instructors and caregivers. The Newark and Alameda School District special education department instructors, speech therapists, adaptive physical education activity coaches and instructional aides provided daily encouragement and promoted Logan’s self-confidence and independence. Logan loved his school experience.
Special thanks to all his home caregivers through the years for all their loving care and companionship they provided: Pricilla, Annie, Rosemary, Joanne, Amanda, Stephanie, Ari, Nick, Leah, Angelica, Elizabeth, Dren, Bob and Lilian; and the Tomas, Becerra, Maniling and Rodrigues families.
He looked forward to summer destination visits with his family around the United States and Canada and always enjoyed his time visiting grandparents in San Francisco and Ventura County, Calif., during winter and spring breaks. He was a seasoned traveler, passing through Seattle, Wash.; Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler and Winnipeg-Manitoba in Canada; Washington D.C., Orlando, Fla., Las Vegas and Hawaii family favorites: Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, with Mom, Dad and Dominic in tow.
For anyone who’s ever met Logan, even just once, he is known to have that dynamic energy that absolutely brightens any room he enters. And with his handsome smile, he prompted a genuinely returned smile from anyone he’d see, whether stranger, friend or family. Rest in peace, dear Logan. We will miss you.
A memorial mass in Logan’s honor took place June 17 at St. Joseph Basilica.
She was love.
Sandy passed away on May 22 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease in Folsom, Calif. Born and raised in Ipswich, Mass., the oldest of six children, to Eleanore Dort Gibbs and Garland Dort, Sandy moved to Alameda in 1970 as a Navy wife. She worked in San Francisco for more than 35 years as a controller.
She is predeceased by her parents and four brothers: Bobby, Jimmy, Kenny and Garlie.
She is survived by her sister Debra Sebastian of Salisbury, Mass., daughters Mimi Marte of Vancouver, Wash., and Marcie Lintner of Elk Grove, Calif; five grandchildren: David, Tiffany, Anthony, Daniel and Briana; two great-grandchildren, Christiano and Bryson; and many nieces and nephews.
She loved her family and always hosted amazing holiday parties, Christmas being her favorite, and she always had a beautiful tree. She enjoyed bingo, ice skating (she wanted to be a professional ice skater as a girl), knitting, shopping, entertaining and doing crossword puzzles in ink. Longtime residents of Alameda will remember her smile, warmth and kindness; her zest for life and her humanity.
A private memorial will be held Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Washington Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to a favorite Alzheimer’s research foundation.
“Happy am I; from all cares free.”