Respected California designer Robert Ferguson died May 20, 2003, at Lassen House, Red Bluff, where he was cared for in the memory wing, treated with dignity and great affection.
He was 79.
Born October 6, 1925 in San Jose, to William Henry Ferguson and Helen Louise Schiwtzgeble, Robert spent much of his formative youth in Morgan Hill.
Always creative, his enthusiasm, intrigue of finding unique solutions and attention to detail led to many fulfilling endeavors.
Robert’s college days at San Jose State were interrupted by World War II.
He took a civilian job with the FBI in the cartography department.
By 19, he had enlisted in the Army Air Corps.
Trained as a pilot, he was directed to teach Chinese allies to fly; employing more ingenuity than ever, they spoke no English, and he, no Chinese.
Following the 1951 establishment of his own “Robert Ferguson Interiors.”
He directed Habers interior design department in Santa Cruz, completing countless residential, commercial and public projects from Pasa Tiempo to Pebble Beach, and Sacramento to Lake Tahoe.
In the late 60’s, he founded a design firm called “INDEX” and launched “Showroom 500” in San Francisco.
The dynamic partnership Ferguson/Hildreth was born, resulting in sophisticated showrooms and offices in Portland, Seattle and Hawaii.
They developed major projects in a former firehouse and defunct brewery.
Ferguson instigated the practice of working directly with fabric mills, giving refurnishing of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona Biltmore.
Interest in other cultures and varied architectural details led to a life rich in travel, adding a new dimension to his visual interests.
He also worked in Germany, designing some of the earliest computer-integrated work spaces.
In “retirement.” he designed furniture, garden gates and arbors, marketed by Smit and Hawkin.
One known as “the university bench”, graced many public spaces, among them U.C. Berkeley.
At over 70 years of age, he was still designing restaurants in a number of refurbished buildings and completing major remodeling projects.
Despite vast obstacles of illness, Mr. Ferguson continued to charm others with his love of music, sense of rhythm, sly humor and appreciative manner.
One of his sons-in-law called him the most civilized person he had ever met.
Robert Ferguson is survived by his brother William of Columbus, Ohio; sister Patricia of Soquel; children Katherine Wilson (Richard) of Redding, Linda Tacklind (Thomas) of San Martin, Robin Ferguson-Miller (Forest) of Sausalito; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition, he will be missed by the two mothers of his children, Susan Jones and Carole Raisbeck, a late-life love, Evelyn Anderson, and the world’s finest friend, Jim Hildreth.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, near Morgan Hill at the home of his daughter Linda Tacklind.
For more information call (530) 527-1174.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at Mountain Caregiver Resource, 1003 Yuba St., Suite B, Redding CA 95001.
Mary E. Angelino
Mary E. Angelino, 86, died May 26, 2003, in San Jose.
A native of Riverside, Mrs. Angelino moved to Gilroy 67 years ago from Santa Ana.
She owned and operated Mary's Beauty Shop for more than 40 years, retiring in 1994 because of health problems.
She was a member of the Catholic Ladies Aide Society and St. Mary Parish.
She loved to travel and dance.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Albert A. Angelino of Gilroy; daughter and her husband Deborah Ann and William Place of Hollister; son John Angelino Sr. of Gilroy; grandchildren Nichole Soto and husband Edward Jr. of Los Banos, Paul Michael Marchese of Grants Pass, Oregon, Jeffrey Scott Marchese of Nevada, Annemaria Deleon of Gilroy, John Angelino Jr. of Gilroy, Angelina Angelino of Los Banos and Darlene Sanchez Angelino of Gilroy; sisters Lupe Sanchez and Carmen Sanchez, both of Gilroy; brother and his wife Vincent and Martha Sanchez of Gilroy; brother-in-law and his wife Alfred R. and Bessie Angelino of Gilroy; sisters-in-law Inez Ferranti of San Martin and Natalie Terry of Mariposa; many nieces and nephews; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Angelino was preceded in death by brothers Jesus Jess Sanchez and Luis Sanchez.
Funeral Mass was this morning, May 30, at St. Mary's Church in Gilroy.
Burial was at St. Marys Cemetery, Gilroy.
The family asks that any donations be made to the Heart Association in her memory.
Cecilia Eva Gracia
Cecilia Eva Gracia, 55, died May 21, 2003, in Gilroy, following a lengthy illness.
A native of Oxnard, she moved to Hollister as a child and attended schools graduating from San Benito High School.She was employed by Safeway in Morgan Hill as a clerk. She played softball in the Gilroy City League and also enjoyed trips to Lake Tahoe.
She is survived by her husband, Jess Mejia of Gilroy; sons Henry Gracia of San Jose and Jay Mejia of Santa Cruz; daughter Gabriella Mejia of Gilroy; grandchildren J.C. Solorio of Gilroy, Andrea Gracia and Vincent Gracia of San Jose.
A memorial service is at 7 tonight at Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy.
Robert Eugene Duncan
Robert Eugene Duncan was the beloved husband of the late Natalie Duncan.
Bob rejoined his wife of 54 years on the dance floor on Thursday, May 22, 2003.
He was a generous and loving father of Patricia Duncan Rockwell.
Bob was a Pearl Harbor survivor, serving abroad the USS Tennessee.
Bob and Nat moved to Morgan Hill from their hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, after being discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946.
Bob worked for PG&E for 37 years as a line crew foreman in Gilroy.
He was one of the founding members of the Morgan Hill Volunteer Fire Department.
Private scattering of his cremains will be held at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July.
Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home.
Arlene L. Baugh
Arlene L. Baugh, 78, died May 14, 2003, in Gilroy.
She was born July 24, 1924, in Colorado.
She is survived by her son Donald R. Baugh; daughter Sharon L. McKie; grandchildren Robert, Christy, John and April; and great-grandchildren Katie, Carrie, Kelly, Marissa and Matthew.
She is remembered for her love of cooking, crocheting and traveling.
Private services were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Dora Villanueva Cordova
Dora Villanueva Cordova of Morgan Hill died May 21, 2003, in Redwood City.
Dora was a dedicated member of St. Jude's Shrine in San Francisco and a 25-year member of St. Catherine's Church in Morgan Hill.
She was also a foster parent for more than 30 years in Santa Clara County.
She was the beloved wife of Alfonso G. Cordova for 55 years; mother of Louie and wife Mona, Nancy, John and wife Margaret, David and wife Lolly, Frank and wife Rebecca; loving grandmother to Sandra, Nooney, Michael, Michelle, Julian, Davine, Rita, Lil' Louie, Dario, Francesca, Randy, Rhonda, Ronni and Kody; and adored Nana to Dario Jesse, Jasmine, Julian, Madeline, Nicholas, Michael, Sebastian, JR and Anthony.
She was preceded in death by Dario Sr., James, Steven David, Nathaniel, Danielle and Robert.
Funeral Mass was May 28 at St. Catherine's Church followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery, Gilroy.
Arrangements were by Habing Family Funeral Home.