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A Tribute to a Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather

David Christopher McFarland embraced life on earth on Jan. 17, 1969, in Oakland. He attended Grass Valley Elementary, King Estates Junior High and Castlemont High schools. He was in partnership with Jay Phared Security Company from 1994 until his illness in 2008. 

David loved his family, dogs, gardening and motorcycles. He was affiliated with the Zodiacs Motorcycle Club. He inspired and motivated many. He was preceded in death by his father Larry McFarland and his grandparents Wilbur and Gladys McFarland. 
David entered eternal rest on June 2, 2019. 

Those left who cherish his precious memory are: his mother Sylvia Turner and sister Valencia Green both of San Lorenzo; his sister Tameka Hopkins of Stockton; his three children: Essence and Xyion McFarland and Brijea Torrence; grandson Brailynd Bridgewater and mother Markesha Bridgewater; his special cousin Joel Foster of Oakland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. 

Born on May 25, 1946 to the late Eddie and Eva Evans in San Francisco, Tom peacefully passed away on Dec. 2, 2019. Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Tom is survived by his wife, Roseanne Evans; children, Angela (Brian) Becker and Anthony Evans; and grandchildren, Daniel, Ryan and Hannah Becker. He was one of a kind, truly blessed with many wonderful friends, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Tom grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, class of 1965. In December 1965, Tom was drafted by the U.S. Army. He worked at several Bay Area institutions, such as Cost Plus Imports, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Moscone West.

If you knew Tom, you knew he was a NFL and golf fanatic. A San Francisco 49ers faithful to the end. He spent most of his retired time at the Corica Park Golf Course, was a past member the Alameda Men’s Golf Club and was an active member of the Chuck Corica Senior’s Golf Club. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Big T’s life on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. at one of his favorite Alameda spots: Jim’s on the Course, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Drive, at the Corica Park Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom’s memory may be made to your favorite charity.


Longtime Alameda resident Joseph Wilson passed away at the Shields Nursing Center in Richmond, Calif., after an extended illness on Oct. 29. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Department overseas and later became a counselor in alcohol and drug matters and an advisor to the Oakland Police Department.  

Born in Oakland on April 23, 1931, he was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was able to receive his 52-year sobriety chip shortly before he passed away. 

Joe is survived by two daughters, Victoria Lynn Wilson of San Leandro and Cynthia Eileen Wilson of Ogden, Iowa. He is to be interred at Sacramento Valley National Military Cemetery in Dixon. 
All who knew him will miss his cheerful approach to life, his profound wisdom deriving from a well-earned sobriety and his ability to find the key to most problems — “Don’t drink and go to meetings.”