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Thomas Bednar
April 13, 1964 - Jan. 21, 2017
Pleasanton, CA

Thomas J. Bednar passed away at home on Jan. 21 after a lengthy and bravely-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Tom was born April 13, 1964, in Burlingame, the son of Ronald and Rosemarie Bednar. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in June of 1982. He married Diana on July 21, 2000, at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol. Tom worked as a contractor for Lund Pearson McLaughlin (LPM) Fire Protection. He became a partner of LPM, along with Jim and Joyce McLaughlin in October of 2002. Tom worked for LPM 30 years. Tom was an amazing husband, stepfather, son, brother and friend. He was a very generous, considerate, kind and patient person. He had a great sense of humor, he loved to play golf, go fishing, watch the SF Giants play baseball and take vacations to warm relaxing beach locations. He was a huge Jimmy Buffet fan and attended hundreds of live concerts. Those who will miss Tom the most include his loving wife Diana Bednar, his mother Rosemarie, his stepson Michael Berry and his wife Tiffany and two granddaughters Tatum and Chandler, his stepson David Berry, Nikay Hurtado and granddaughter Veda, his brother Chris and his wife Karen and two nieces Rachel and Kristen, ...

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Elias Zelkha
May 4, 1950 - Jan. 8, 2017
Woodside, California

Elias Zelkha - husband, father, friend, entrepreneur, academic, and Silicon Valley visionary - lived an extraordinary life that began in the city of Tehran in 1950, spanned much of the globe, and was defined by beauty, humor, and thirst for the best life has to offer. He passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Woodside, Ca. He was 66. His personal and professional histories were intimately intertwined. He was born in Iran to an ancient line of Cohanim traced to Baghdad’s original Jewish community. At 17 years old, he was the first in his family to come to the U.S. At 19, while studying International Relations at Colgate University, he met Alice Phillips. It was 1969 and instead of going to the Woodstock Music Festival they eloped - and remained married until his passing 47 years later. At 22 years old, and with no prior fashion industry experience, he founded Kandahar Designs: Afghanistan’s first significant textile and apparel manufacturer. It grew to become the country's largest consumer goods exporter to the US and Europe, employing hundreds of Afghans and gracing the covers of Mademoiselle Magazine with cutting edge design work that fused Eastern a...

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Clay Maxwell Pamphilon
Dec. 18, 1942 - Jan. 5, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park -- Clay Maxwell Pamphilon, 74, died Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He leaves a wife of nine years, Elena (Grigoryan) Pamphilon, his daughter Lisa, sons Cameron and Sean and three grandchildren. Born and raised in the East Bay, son of Max and Marjorie, Clay moved to the South Bay to raise a family. In the early years he attended El Cerrito HS and then went on to Cal-State Heyward for his bachelor's degree and to UC Berkeley for graduate school. He began working in local television at the age of 17 as a stage manager. He later directed the newscasts at several Bay Area television stations, including KNTV, channel 11, where he worked for over a decade. Known for his work ethic, intelligence and creative energy, Mr. Pamphilon eventually changed fields and went into advertising, first as a copywriter and account executive. Eventually he became the creative director and partner in a well known agency from Mountain View, called Rigoli, Pamphilon, Demeter. Pamphilon was the creative force at the agency and conceived and executed many nationally recognized, award-winning campaigns. A singer-songwriter at heart, Cla...

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Mary Ida Bay
April 7, 1924 - Aug. 12, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Mary Ida Garwick Bay was born in Dunn Center, North Dakota, a town of 100, about a mile from the sod house where her mother, Mary Sophia Pelton was born; where her maternal grandparents homesteaded; where her father, Kenneth Orton Garwick, the tall pianist/violinist son of the circuit minister came calling when he returned from WWI to court and marry. As told to her children, her earliest memories were of her cousins letting her “drive” the horse drawn buckboard across the prairie in the long summer morning twilight, full of homemade donuts and urns of black coffee for the threshing crews. Her fondest, taking her place around the circular quilting frame beside her sister, girl cousins, aunts and grandmother; feeling connected, doing her part. After the family moved to the big city, she returned to the homestead each summer. Mary Ida grew up in depression-stressed Minneapolis, the middle of five children, in a family she described as unconventional, her polymath father mostly working from home due to war injuries, cooking and keeping the vegetable garden; her mother selling shoes, a big sports fan and active in local labor politics. Money was scarce—they moved almost ev...

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Thomas J. Matthews
June 22, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Thomas James Matthews (who liked to be called "Tom"), passed into glory, peacefully in his home in Menlo Park on January 12. He was born in Indiana. He served in the United States Navy during WW II. During this time, he met the love of his life, Tessie, and was married after being disch...

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John E. Egbert
April 19, 1922 - Jan. 5, 2017 Portola Valley, California

John "Jack" E. Egbert April 19, 1922–January 5, 2017 John E. Egbert, longtime resident of Portola Valley, California, died peacefully in his sleep on January 5, 2017. He was 94. Jack, as his friends and family knew him, was born on April 19, 1922, and grew up in Buffalo, New York...

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Shirley Styles
June 14, 1930 - Dec. 29, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Shirley Styles, 86, a 54-year resident of Menlo Park and a Clinical Hypnotherapist, died Dec. 29, 2016. She was born June 14, 1930, in Hebron, Indiana. She moved often around the country with her family as a child and established her home in California after graduating from U.C. Berkeley, where ...

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Bernard M. Zaslav
April 7, 1926 - Dec. 28, 2016 Stanford, California

Renowned violist and educator Bernard Manual Zaslav passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at his Stanford home. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1926, and lived a richly creative and rewarding life of 90 years. He attended Samuel J. Tilden High Schoo...

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