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Mike Pahos: 1929-2020

It’s fitting that Mike Pahos was laid to rest on Valentine’s Day. He was a man with a sweet tooth

John Ridland: 1933-2020

One virtue of friendship is this: If your friend is an eminent poet like John Ridland, it doesn’t get in the way.

Burt Williams: 1940-2019

Burt Williams was a giant of a man in every way, making legendary wines for Williams Selyem and always honest in his opinions with fellow vintners.

Leslie Gangl Howe, 1957-2020

Every time Leslie Gangl Howe stepped onstage, or in front of a camera, she provided a thoughtful, meaningful and often hilarious performance — all while gifting us with that dazzling smile.

In Memoriam Valéry Ryvkin 1960-2020

Valéry Ryvkin might not have been central casting’s version of a maestro, but when his glistening head popped up in the orchestra pit for Opera Santa Barbara performances, audiences shouted, “Bravo, bravo, Valéry!”

Jim Sutherland: 1935-2019

A former mayor of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jim Sutherland moved with his family to the Santa Barbara area in 1983 to work in Westmont College’s admissions department, drawn to the “eternal dimension” of the school’s spiritual mission.

David Denniston: 1936-2019

Dave Denniston was a pioneer of supported living for children with a developmental disability — from a father’s perspective. It was his personal touch that made the difference.

Michael Dvortcsak: 1937-2019

Each day, Mickey Dvortcsak got up and painted. This is a life in art; this is what you do. He would do it for the rest of his days.

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