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Swingin' Dave Collert: 1952-2014

Guitar Master

Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.

Ralph Fertig: 1939-2014

Bicycle Hero

So many solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety in Santa Barbara can be laid at Ralph Fertig's feet. Read story.

To Richard

Remembering a Neighbor Who Didn't Live in a House

Remembering a neighbor who didn't live in a house. Read story.

Remembering Tom Sneddon

I am the only lawyer who tried six felonies to a jury verdict against TWS, and then I worked for him for 24 years after I quit defense work. Read story.

Darcy Aston: 1959-2014

Watershed Woman

Though Darcy has passed on, her signs can be found, literally, around town: interpretive signs about plants and animals and “no dumping, drains to ocean” signs on storm drains. Read story.

Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr.: 1941 – 2014

A Great and Caring District Attorney

Santa Barbara County's District Attorney from 1983-2006, Tom loved his family first, then his job, friends, softball, golf, and Notre Dame. Read story.

Rob Puddicombe: 1950-2014

Compassionate Activist

An activist to save I.V.'s Perfect Park, he also tried to prevent the extermination of the black rats of Anacapa Island. Read story.

Joanne Maureen Miller: 1928 - 2014

A Courageous Fighter for Equality

Many remember Jo for serving those less fortunate and for leading community causes. Read story.

John L. Sirois III: 1946-2014

The Sage of Summerland

Smart, steady, and kind, John Sirois was a fine photographer, respected real estate agent, and a regular at the Summerland Post Office. Read story.

Alfred 'Al' Alvarez: 1961-2014

SBPD Records Specialist and Friend

Remembering Al Alvarez, a records specialist at SBPD and friend. Read story.

Lyn Carman: 1936 – 2014

A Friend to All

One of the first U.S. women to cross the finish line in a marathon, Lyn Carman helped raise many children and was a dedicated member of Mission Santa Barbara. Read story.

Bill Hamilton: 1942 – 2014

Sports and Recreation Champion

Despite the loss of the use of his legs, Bill became a swimmer to reckon with and a champion of wheelchair sports. Read story.

Daniel R. Shackman, MD: 1941-2014

Psychiatrist, Musician, Life Partner

Psychiatrist, Musician, Life Partner Read story.

Joan Crowder: 1934-2014

Journalist, Environmentalist, Arts Enthusiast

Joan had an early love affair with newspapers that began with her first sight of a printing press, one of those massive and loud machines that people seldom see or hear today. Read story.

Aloha Wing: 1923-2014

A Light That Just Grew Brighter

Aloha’s long day was ending, following 90 sloppily choreographed Technicolor years. Read story.

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Harold Haakon Tollefson, Sr.

We are much saddened by the passing of our father Harold Haakon Tollefson, Sr., on Wednesday, December ... Read

John Francis Kolars

Epitaph by John Kolars Loft me up the seamless air, Soon I will be everywhere. Mix me ... Read

Bob Moore

An informal memorial service will be held for long-time Volleyball coach and teacher Bob "turtle" Moore. The ... Read

Agnes Mata Guevara

Obituary for our loving Angel and Matriarch, Agnes Mata Guevara aka Mamanita by her children and Gramanita ... Read

Caleb Wheeler Ibsen

Our Caleb passed away at home on the fifth of December, 2014 due to complications from a ... Read

Walt O'Brien

Walt O'Brien passed away October 12 2014 at his home in Missouri City, Texas surrounded by his ... Read

Jose G. Cornejo

Jose J. Cornejo, 85, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 15th, 2014. Rosary at 6:00pm on ... Read

Marilyn A. Haussier

Marilyn A. Haussier, 94, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 13th, 2014. Services pending. Read

Gene Schechter

Gene Schechter, 75, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2014 in Liberty, New York. He grew up ... Read

Harold Haakon Tollefson

Harold Haakon Tollefson, 92, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 10th, 2014. Services will be private. Read

Carol T. Gallas

Carol T. Gallas, 95, passed away on December 5th, 2014 in Santa Barbara. Services pending. Read

Stella Saperstein

Stella Saperstein, 86, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 16th, 2014. Private services are planned. Read

Cyril Johnson

Cyril Johnson, 93 passed away Thursday December 11, 2014 at Valle Verde Health Center after a brief ... Read

Beth Landes

On November 22, 2014 our beloved Beth Landes, 94 years old, passed away peacefully under Hospice Care ... Read

Lila Lee Davis

Lila Lee Davis--known as Lee, Yi or Catherine, died Nov. 20, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. from complications ... Read

James Spencer Lee

James Spencer Lee, 81, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 4th, 2014. No services are planned. Read

Ali S. Malaikah

Ali S. Malaikah, 79, passed away in Santa Barbara on December 4th, 2014. Services will be private. Read

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