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In Memoriam: Ralph Philbrick, 1934-2017

Island Botanist and Environmentalist

Santa Barbara’s plants and habitats lost a knowledgeable friend and supporter with the death of Ralph Philbrick. Read story.

Arve Sjovold: 1935-2018

Trout Fisherman, Water Conservationist

Arve Sjovold's casual observations were spellbinding to his sons; they found the relationship between a small thing or event to larger ones, even those of global proportions. Read story.

Tom Urbanske: 1929-2018

A Life Rich in Memories and Public Service

Much has been said about Tom Urbanske, but his children remember his storytelling and how he loved the Santa Maria Valley. Read story.

In Memoriam: Harris Meisel, MD, 1932-2018

Artist and Healer

Harris Meisel came to Santa Barbara more than 50 years ago to establish the Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), where he built a master tool to marry art and healing science. Read story.

In Memoriam: Jim Ranta, 1946-2018

Aquatics Mentor and Coach

Jim Ranta’s lifelong commitment to club water polo raised the bar for the sport in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Remembering Miloš Forman

A Stranger in Paradise

A stranger in paradise. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sunanta ‘Sunny’ Quinn, 1954-2017

Instant Friend, Family Woman Extraordinaire

The famed bartender at Mel’s, Sunny loved Santa Barbara. And Santa Barbara loved her right back. Read story.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Erro Hvolboll, 1930-2018

Singer

Elizabeth was as easy onstage singing in her rich contralto as she was escorting a rattlesnake from her kitchen. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sylvia Short, 1927-2018

Doyenne of Santa Barbara Theater

Actor Sylvia Short was a Shakespeare aficionado, unparalleled storyteller, singer of Irish songs, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ruth Nadel, 1914-2017

Cofounded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Ruth Nadel’s volunteerism helped create the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and in her career, she pioneered the recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work. Read story.

In Memoriam: Allan Ghitterman, 1924-2018

An Impossible Dreamer

An attorney with a passion for social justice, Allan Ghitterman believed in charity, civic betterment, friends, and family, above all. Read story.

In Memoriam: Virginia Hayes, 1950-2018

Gardening Goddess

Virginia Hayes was known far and wide as an authority on lotus and exotic plants like cycads, which she nurtured at Lotusland as diligently as she raised her children and cherished her friends. Read story.

In Memoriam: David MacLeod Brainard, 1955-2017

Renaissance Man

A true renaissance man, David Brainard had a resume that stretched across bartending and theater, as well as mediation and teaching tough kid Read story.

In Memoriam: Gilbert Ramirez, 1927-2018

Ever Young at Heart

Gil Ramirez was that rare individual who retained the best of his youth at age 90. Read story.

Remembering John 'Jack' Cantin

'Life’s purpose is to serve and inspire those around me.' —Jack Cantin Read story.

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Gary Staneff

After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Gary passed peacefully on July 9 2018, holding hands with ... Read

Anthony Justin "AJ" Herrera

In Memory "AJ" Anthony Justin Herrera 11-30-78 7-21-13 It has been five long years without you. We ... Read

Livia Dodero

Livia Dodero, 94, passed away after a short illness on June 19, 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA. ... Read

Tansy Sue Birchim

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear Nana, Tansy Sue ... Read

Alexander Ricardo Braid

Alexander Ricardo Braid, also known as Alex or Al to his colleagues, friends and family passed away ... Read

Katina Demourkas

Our Mother Katina Demourkas was born in Ayios Pantelimon, Greece on August 15th 1928 to Apostolos and ... Read

Connor Campbell Ella

Connor passed away in San Francisco, CA, where he had lived since 2011. He worked for Taking ... Read

Karen French Sears

Karen French Sears, shown here with 2nd husband Donald French, formerly of Montecito, died March 18th in ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

May 27, 1986-July 14, 2008 Ten years as a second. Ten years as a lifetime. Ten years ... Read

Ellena G. Bregante

DATE OF BIRTH: November 12, 1920 DATE OF DEATH: June 30, 2018 AGE: 97 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Gary Becker

Gary Becker was a caring family man, a dependable friend, a determined attorney, and an energetic advocate. ... Read

Robert "Bobbie" Sanchez

DATE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1933 DATE OF DEATH: July 4, 2018 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

James C. Hagerty

Jim Hagerty had an intelligent and curious mind, lived life with intensity and passion, and loved well-designed, ... Read

Joseph L. Cardenas II

DATE OF BIRTH: May 4, 1973 DATE OF DEATH: July 4, 2018 AGE: 45 RESIDENCE: Ojai, CA ... Read

Robert "Bobby" Sanchez

Robert “Bobby” Sanchez, surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2018. On October 24, ... Read

Robert Martin Cipes

Born February 9, 1930, New York City, NY Died June 12, 2018, Eugene, OR In addition to ... Read

Wanda Lucille Stavros

Wanda Lucille Stavros passed suddenly, but peacefully with family by her side on June 27, 2018. She ... Read

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