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Cedric James Robinson: 1940-2016

Uncowed and Unbowed

Cedric James Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on November 11, 1940. Read story.

Robert Klausner: 1926-2016

Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades

On the frontlines of Santa Barbara environmentalism and politics for two decades, Bob Klausner lent his intellect and intensity to progressive goals. Read story.

Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016

The Conscience of a Generation

Muhammad Ali, an ever greater showman, put it all on the line time after time in the ring, in his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and in his embrace of Islam. Read story.

Margaret "Peggy" Louise Hurst: 1930-2016

A Passion for the Road

Peggy Hurst is remembered as a "home economist" extraordinaire with a passion for hitting the road. Read story.

Jonathan Edward Bailey: 1952-2016

A Good Cop

Jon Bailey enjoyed being a guardian. He was good at it, because he loved what he did. Read story.

Walter Kohn: 1923-2016

Nobel Laureate, Physicist, Peace Advocate

Though science and physics were his life, Walter Kohn was a humanist, artist, and philosopher who mentored and inspired students and colleagues alike. Read story.

Harold ‘Rusty’ Fairly: 1932-2016

Athlete, Coach, City Councilmember

Rusty Fairly was a tough football and baseball coach for UCSB and SBCC, and he later brought his down-to-earth style to the City Council. Read story.

Thomas Blatt: 1927-2015

A Witness to the Horrors of Sobibór

Thomas Blatt survived the Sobibór death camp and went on to tell the story the Nazis tried to erase. Read story.

George Gaynes: 1917-2016

Gifted Actor of Many Genres

The gifted actor’s career spanned multiple decades and genres. Read story.

Weidong 'Henry' Han, Huijie 'Jennie' Yu, and Emily Han

Irreplaceable Loss to the Community

The grief and disbelief over the horrifying murders of herbalist Henry Han, Jennie Yu, and Emily Han are powerful testimony to the place they held in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Hilda Wenner: 1935-2016

Folk Musician and Teacher

Many remember the Adult Ed classes taught by Hilda Wenner, with a roomful of guitars propelling the music forward. Read story.

Jean Louise Thomson: 1958-2016

Cyclist, Swimmer, Gardener, Friend

A big, happy kid who loved to play outside, Jean Thomson had a cheerful enthusiasm that won her friends everywhere she went. Read story.

John Joseph Alvarado: 1933-2016

A Very Good Life

Relatives, friends, and customers alike remember John Alvarado's integrity and kindness; he leaves behind a proud heritage. Read story.

George Solinas: 1926-2015

A Builder of Community

George Solinas worked with the United Farm Workers, La Casa de la Raza, and many others who needed his artistry and building skills. Read story.

William Matthew Connell: 1954-2016

Hot Dog Man, Legislative Crusader

Bill Connell nourished customers with hot dogs and wise-cracking asides at his Carpinteria Bluffs stand — with which he won for all veteran vendors tax-free status. Read story.

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Carmen Palato Aguilar

DATE OF DEATH: 11/17/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday, 7:00pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Susan Marie Wedow

Susan or Suzanne, as she was known by her friends, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on ... Read

Dr. Edward L. Hayes

DATE OF BIRTH: September 26, 1931 DATE OF DEATH: November 20, 2017 AGE: 86 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, ... Read

Ramona M. Hernandez

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Ramona M. Hernandez ... Read

George & Mary Jane Spencer

In loving memory, George Little Spencer; March 20, 1921 - November 7, 2017 Mary Jane (Freidell) Spencer; ... Read

Kenneth L Kidd, MD

In Memoriam Kenneth L. Kidd, MD October 3, 1929 - November 6, 2017 Celebration of Life to ... Read

Carmen Palato Aguilar

DATE OF DEATH: 11/17/2017 AGE: 84 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Rosary on Tuesday, 7:00pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider, ... Read

Betty (Elizabeth) Klausner

Betty (Elizabeth) Klausner was a smart, strong, and determined person who overcame barriers faced by most women ... Read

Allister Bennett "Biff" Cooke

Allister Bennett ‘Biff’ Cooke, born August 5th 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii, died peacefully at Cottage Hospital in ... Read

Joseph "Joe" and Charlotte Louise Dorfman

Joseph “Joe” Dorfman April 27, 1918-October 3, 2017 and Charlotte Louise Dorfman June 8, 1920-June 16, 2016 ... Read

Gail "Topsy" Fanning

Gail, fondly known as Topsy, passed away peacefully at 85 in her home on November 6, 2017; ... Read

Daniel D. Laguna

DATE OF BIRTH: 01-23-1946 DATE OF DEATH: 11-08-2017 AGE: 71 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial ... Read

Armand W. Schmitter

Santa Barbara native Armand Schmitter passed away November 8th. He was a highly respected lifelong cowboy. One ... Read

Robert Arnold Newcomb

Memorial: Sunday, November 19, 2017 2:00 p.m. Valle Verde Retirement Community 900 Calle de los Amigos Santa ... Read

Rev. Vidya "Terima" Vonne

Rev. Vidya “Terima” Vonne, our beautiful friend, wife, lifelong yogini and teacher, passed away last May 21, ... Read

Richard "Dick" Johnson

Richard “Dick” Johnson passed away on October 20, 2017 at his home in Santa Barbara with his ... Read

Terry Selzer

Terry Selzer passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017 in his home in Santa Barbara. Terry's family ... Read

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