Bill Center served a term as an El Dorado County supervisor, but friends and colleagues say it was his decades as an activist advocating for regional planning and environmental causes that helped shape the county and the future of the Sierra Nevada.
John Silva died suddenly on Sept. 4, 2017. He was the independent budget analyst for the city of Sacramento, an active alumnus of Christian Brothers High School and a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Barry Goggin, the longtime former president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Sacramento died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home in Wilton. He was inducted into the national BBB Hall of Fame in 2014.
Civic leader Carol Borden did not gain her status because of wealth or family connections, her friends and family said, but rather it was her determination, intellect and compassion that secured her seat at the table and allowed her to leave legacies that endure beyond her death.
To many Sacramentans, Eugene Fotos was the gregarious master of ceremonies for Sacramento’s annual Greek Food Festival, while others knew him as a compassionate man always ready to help someone in need. Fotos died April 17 at age 84.
Canon Grant S. Carey was known for his vast knowledge of Episcopal Church history and a love of drama that enabled him to impart the gospel to people of various ages and backgrounds during his four decades as a priest at Sacramento’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. He also taught for more than 20 years at Sacramento City College, where he developed the college’s English as a second language program.
Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano was 11 years old when his family was among more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry sent to internment camps in the United States during World War II. Six years later, while serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, he was captured by the Chinese Army and spent 33 months as a prisoner of war.
Capitol Park is a little less tidy these days because of the death of Randall Koroush, a homeless man who for the past 20 years made it his daily mission to pick up trash, rake leaves and polish the ironwork around California’s statehouse. Koroush, 56, who slept under the I Street Bridge and arrived at the Capitol at dawn every morning, was beloved by the Capitol grounds crews, CHP officers and others who work in the area.
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