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San Rafael Death Notices

Some of the people with ties to San Rafael who passed away recently.

Patch file photo
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Millard F. "Bud" Ball was born in North Carolina and raised by his adoptive parents. He also lived in a South Carolina orphanage. Ball served in the Navy in World War II and then attended Washington State University, where he received a degree in Business Administration. Ball's career including a short stint with the State Department and 30 years at Chevron as an administrator. He lived in Marin County for more than six decades. Ball died unexpectedly of an illness on Nov. 13. He was 88.

Gary George Boero was born in San Francisco in 1939. Boero attended Sir Francis Drake High, where he played on the football team and was the student body president. He was an Eagle Scout and served on the Boy Scouts of America's Executive Council. He served in his family's San Rafael dental business after completing his dental degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco in 1965. His passion for animals led him to follow his father's footsteps in joining the Sonoma County Trailblazers/Marin Camp. He also served on the Marin Humane Society board. Boero was described as a Renaissance Man, with passions that included hunting, cooking, art and race car driving. He died on Thanksgiving Day at his Sleepy Hollow home. Boero was 74.


Nancy Keeney Forster was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2013. Foster graduated from Stanford University in 1950. She taught world history and was involved in the development of the International Baccalaureate program. She started the first IB program in Hawaii. She married diplomat Clifton Forster. Forster died in her Belvedere home on Nov. 13. She was 85.


Albert "Al" Locati lived most of his long and happy life near his family's San Anselmo house where he was born.  He was a member of St. Anselm's first graduating class and went to Mount Tamalpais High before joining the Navy in World War II. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Locati worked for Bank of Italy, which eventually became Bank of America. His zest of life rubbed off on neighbors who called him the  "Pied Piper" of Hawthorne Avenue. Locati was 102.

 






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