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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.

In Memoriam: Archie McLaren, 1942-2018

One of a Kind

Wine impresario Archie McLaren was a colorful, one-of-a-kind fine wine and food enthusiast. Read story.

In Memoriam: Dennie Ferry LaTourelle, 1940-2018

Explorer of the Self and Beyond

Dennie LaTourelle explored the inner depths, within herself and also in teaching others, while finding the time to start Santa Barbara’s Birth Resource Center. Read story.

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David S. Harvey

David Harvey, among the most enthusiastic lovers of life one could ever meet, peacefully left this life ... Read

Ethel Scar

Ethel Scar, of Casa Dorinda, Montecito passed away on June 20, 2018 in the Casa Dorinda Medical ... Read

Kim Angelo Christiansen

Kim Angelo Christiansen (aka Kimbo) a prolific artist, lover of family, and consummate free-spirit, passed away in ... Read

Caroline Osborne

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/14/2018 Age: 82 Occupation: School Teacher Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Isolina Bouza

Decedent Name: Isolina Bouza County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/13/2018 Age: 77 Occupation: Homemaker Arrangements ... Read

Larry Spears

County Residence: Goleta Date of Death: 06/10/2018 Age: 77 Occupation: Gold Smith Jeweler Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Parnell McGriggs

County Residence: Lompoc Date of Death: 06/02/2018 Age: 46 Occupation: Quality Control Manager Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Diane Randall

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/07/2018 Age: 62 Occupation: G.I.S. Engineer Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Burton Rayden

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 06/19/2018 Age: 90 Occupation: Insurance Executive Arrangements by: Coast Cities ... Read

Eric Duane Schulenberg

11/06/54-06/25/09 Beloved Brother, Son, Father, Friend We miss you every day. The mountains and the sea wrap ... Read

Peter K. Wilson

DATE OF DEATH: 06/15/2018 AGE: 73 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services Read

Suzanne E. Roberts

DATE OF BIRTH: 11-08-1934 DATE OF DEATH: 06-16-2018 AGE:83 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service; ... Read

Nena Quiros

A Life Well Lived. (A Life Lived Without Boredom?) Born the middle child of 3, to Mario ... Read

Democrito M. Sancha Jr.

1940-2018 A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 30th 11:00 am, at Tucker's Grove ... Read

Gary Richard Shupe

Gary Richard Shupe formerly of Goleta passed away suddenly on June 11, 2018 in Kenmore, Washington. Born ... Read

Ken Williams

Ken Williams was a man of honor and courage, and above all else, a teacher. Throughout a ... Read

Viola Bien

County Residence: Santa Barbara Date of Death: 05/26/2018 Age: 99 Occupation: Secretary Arrangements by: Coast Cities Cremations ... Read

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