Robert E. Sykes

RobertSykes onlineRobert E. Sykes born March 15, 1926 in Oakland, California. He is survived by his 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Robert served in WWII as a Private First Class for the Army Air Force. He became a very accomplished football player starting at San Jose State University, later playing professionally for the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He then became a very successful local businessman by owning his own automobile dealership Bob Sykes Dodge. His greatest gift was his love for his family; he worked hard and lived a very successful life for them. He died Aug 4th, 2020.  He will be sorely missed. We will always look up to him and always love him.

Thomas A. Puorro

ThomasAPuorro onlineAfter a long and eventful life, Thomas Anthony Puorro , 94, passed away peacefully at Sunny View Residential facility in Cupertino on August 7, 2020, after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Jeanette, their seven children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts to an Italian immigrant father and American mother, Tom was the epitome of the American dream, grew up poor yet earned a college degree (the first in his family), traveling the world and eventually settling in Los Altos Hills where he and Jeanette lived for 42 years before moving to Sunny View. 

Tom served in the Navy during WWII, and after the war attended Tufts University on the GI Bill. In 1949, he met and married the love of his life, Jeanette McCue, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Somerville, MA. That same year, Tom was hired by IBM where he enjoyed a thriving 32-year career and worked on some of the greatest projects of the time: the first 911 system in New York City, the space program in Houston and the early days of computing in Silicon Valley.

Gary Eugene Edwards

GaryEdwards onlineGary Eugene Edwards passed away on August 8, 2020 in his Los Altos, California home at the age of 82 after battling worsening Parkinson’s symptoms for the last 5 years of his life.  He was diagnosed with the disease approximately 20 years ago.  Gary was the son of Harry and Henrietta Edwards (both deceased) and has one brother, Doug, all of whom were teachers in either the Mountain View or Santa Clara school districts. 

Gary graduated from Mountain View High School, where he was active in athletics and student government, including Student Body President.  He was the recipient of a number of awards, including finalist for the Mid-Peninsula Athlete of the Year in 1955.

Allan Gene Varni

AllanGeneVarni onlineAllan MaryLou onlineFebruary 11th, 1946 - August 6th, 2020

Allan Gene Varni, married to his High School sweetheart Mary Lou (Mateo) for over 50 years, loved vehicles, having owned over forty-six of them. He served as a medic at Letterman Hospital during the Vietnam War, was a life-long educator in Santa Clara, Palo Alto, University of San Diego and Dominican University of California. 

Allan enthusiastically gave his time by volunteering to better our world. For over 17 years he helped lead the Pacific Coast Dream Machines fundraiser in Half Moon Bay, Ca. As a member and former president (2019) of the Los Altos Rotary Club, he traveled to Liberia, Haiti and Peru for the causes of eradicating Mother to Child AIDS, rebuilding a school devastated by earthquakes, and helping develop indigenous communities.

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