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Forest Wright

Forest Wright, 74, passed away July 28, 2018 after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He leaves his wife, Edna, two children and their spouses, six grand- children, and two great grandchildren. Forest was born in San Gabriel, CA on February 3, 1944. He liked to joke he was from East Los Angeles. He was enrolled in the Pawnee Nation. His family moved to San Bernardino in 1948 where he attended San Bernardino city schools and graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1961. Before he could drive he became a licensed ham radio operator a membership he maintained throughout his life. Always a language enthusiast, Forest majored in comparative literature at University California Riverside, graduating in 1965. That same year, 1965, he married Edna, the love of his life. They were married 53 years and had two children, Dr. Nancy Wright from New Mexico and Phillip Wright from Beaumont, California.

Ronald Avila

Born in San Bernardino Ronnie was an Army Veteran who fought in Vietnam, and was a retired Correctional Officer. He was a Marathon Runner, enjoyed playing his harmonica, and loved being around his family. He leaves behind his loving wife Yolanda Avila of 22 years, 6 children, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Ronnie also leaves behind his mother Isabel Cordero, 3 brothers (David Avila, Alex Cordero, & Gary Cordero), and 2 sisters (Kathleen Zamores, & Geraldine Cordero). He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Dericksen Brinkerhoff

Dericksen Brinkerhoff

Dericksen Morgan Brinkerhoff, emeritus professor of the history of art at UC Riverside, passed away on August 12, 2018 at the age of 96 at Sunrise Senior Living in Canyon Crest. He taught at UCR from 1965 to 1991. He remained active on campus in retirement as a member and officer of the UC Riverside Emeriti/ae Association, the Council of UC Emeriti/ae Associations, the University Club, and the UCR Botanical Garden. An avid cyclist, Dericksen pedaled to the campus and around Riverside into his 90s. Beyond UCR, he served as a trustee for the Riverside Art Association, and along with his wife, Mary Weston Brinkerhoff (b. 1923, d. 2016) supported the Mission Inn Foundation as well as numerous other charitable causes.

John Megrdichian

John Megrdichian, 86, loving father, uncle and brother left this earth peacefully on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Riverside, CA..He leaves his six children, Annamarie Megrdichian Gagner of Riverside, Monica Manzo of San Clemente, John-Paul Megrdichian of Eastvale, Danielle Megrdichian of Honolulu, HI, Mark Megrdichian of Fountain Valley, Matthew Megrdichian of Trabuco Canyon, his sister Marian Shirvanian of Newport Beach, nine grandchildren and four great grand children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann in 2012.

J.W. Boyde

J.W. BOYDE Age 94, of Corona, CA, died 9/2/2018 in Riverside, CA. He was born 7/18/1924 in Crockett, TX, son of John Finley Boyde and Myrtle Susan Crockett-Boyde. Growing up on a farm in Payne Springs, TX; he was nicknamed “Dude” by his brothers and sisters. His nieces and nephews still call him that today. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and fiddle.

Dr. Marion Smith

Dr. Marion Lawrence Smith passed away peacefully on August 31, 2018 in Riverside, California at the age of 89. Dr. Smith was passionate about medicine and providing an exceptional patient experiencepracticing over the past sixty-five (65) years. He was born on November 4, 1928 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduating from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas in 1953. Completing his medical residency and internship in General Medicine at Riverside General Hospital University Medical Center (today known as Riverside University Health System Medical Center) in Riverside, California between 1953 and 1955. Serving as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy between 1955 and 1957.

Charles Stallings

Charles E. Stallings passed away 9/5/2018 at his home in Squirrel Valley, CA. He was born 4/15/1934 in Long Beach, CA to Stanley and Leona Stallings. He grew up in San Pedro, CA and lived in many locations and later moved to Sun City, CA. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years earning the rank of SN.

Calvin Hobbs Sr.

The family of Calvin Hobbs, Sr. would like to inform you of the passing of their father. Born in Eastman, Georgia on February 28, 1928. Calvin Joined his beloved wife Alta Lee and claimed his heavenly reward when he passed away peacefully on August 22, 2018. Calvin honorably served in the United States Navy from 1946-1949 where he was discharged in San Diego CA.

William Sirowy

William (Bill) Sirowy, age 74, passed away at his home in Redlands, August 24, 2018. Bill was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Harold and Geraldine Sirowy. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Bill served in the US Air Force during the 1960’s. Bill spent most of his career coordinating county 4-H Programs in Iowa and California, retiring in 1997. From there, he started a second career managing the Senior Employment Program for San Bernardino County, from which he retired in 2007.

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