Robert George Kelsch

Robert George Kelsch 040319 onlineJune 18, 1946 – March 1, 2019 Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Emily and Felix, Bob was the youngest of eight children and lived the first twelve years of his life in a two-bedroom house with his seven siblings. Bob grew up an avid player of hockey, basketball and soccer and was a committed student earning a B.A., Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, while also winning the United Kingdom’s national basketball championship. Soon thereafter, he married the love of his life, Roberta, and began his career in the telecommunications industry at Bell Northern Research, spending five years in Ottawa, Ontario.

Vince Sevely

Vince Sevely 040319 onlineVince Sevely was born in a ranch house in Mountain View, California in 1929 to John and Anka Sevely who had emigrated from Yugoslavia (now Croatia) in search of a better life. His parents, after saving enough money, had bought their own ranch in Mountain View where they raised apricots, plums, and cherries. Vince worked on the ranch in virtually every capacity and was driving a tractor before he was licensed to drive a car. Although only Serbo-Croatian was spoken at home, Vince learned English quickly in grammar school, eventually skipping a grade. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and then Santa Clara University where he first received a political science degree, followed by a law degree.

Ronald William BROWN

Ronald William Brown fixed 040319 onlineRonald William BROWN, born April 9, 1926 in Teulon, Manitoba, Canada passed away on March 15th, 2019 in Moraga, CA at age 92. Ronald was raised on a 320-acre grain farm in Teulon, which he took over from his parents when he married his high school sweetheart, Frances, at age 21. The two started their family there, and 10 years later, sold the farm and moved to northern California with three young children. They lived in Palo Alto and Mountain View, where they added two more children, before eventually settling in Los Altos. Ronald and Frances owned and operated property rental businesses in the Bay Area for nearly 35 years, until her passing in 1992. In his later years, Ronald enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time in Sunriver OR and Tucson AZ.

Dr. Philip “Phil” Hordiner

Dr. Philip Hordiner 040319 online.jpeg he is the one in middle crop outAccomplished and innovative dentist, Dr. Philip “Phil” Hordiner passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2 AM Friday, March 15th at his Los Altos, California home. He was 86 years old. Phil is survived by his daughter Kim Hunter, son-in-law Larry Gordon, grandson Jordan Etem, and his brothers Dr. Michael Leonard and Charles Hordiner. Much loved by his family, professional staff, and patients, Phil was born October 31, 1932 in Flushing New York, the eldest son of Esther and Nathan Hordiner. He received his formal education at the University of Arizona, Tucson and Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago. He arrived in San Francisco in 1958, opened his own dental practice in The City in 1960 before retiring 40 years later.


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