Hugh Goddard died at home in Winters on Oct. 28, 2011.
He was born March 24, 1913, in Newman.
Visitation was planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at McCune Garden Chapel, 112 Main St., Vacaville.
A celebration of his life will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
Ignacia Ramirez Aguirre, wife of the late Agapito Aguirre, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. She was 79. Her sudden death was due to complications with her recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Born July 31, 1932, in Parrall, Chihuahua, Mexico, she moved to Winters after her marriage to Agapito. She lived in Winters for more than 54 years and was very much part of the community, involved in many events including St. Anthony Catholic Church. She enjoyed her social activities with friends and spent her most recent years visiting family and friends. She will be missed by many, but those that were privileged to meet her were blessed by her warm heart and laughter, family members said.
She is survived by her four children: son Gilberto Aguirre and three grandchildren, Estrella, Crystal and Gilbert Jr.; daughter Susana Atkinson and four granddaughters, Piialoha, Iwalani, Oilipua and Lilinoe; daughter Elsa Evans and two grandchildren, Daniel and Luis; and daughter Brunilda Aguirre and one grandchild, Vincent. She also is survived by six great-grandchildren.
A visitation and rosary was planned at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at St. Anthony Church, 301 Main St. in Winters, followed by a Mass and funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Anthony Church. She was to be laid to rest in Winters Cemetery. An open invitation was extended to the community at the family home at 407 Baker St. preceding the burial. Any donations can be distributed between the Breast Cancer and Cancer societies.
William Charles Harker died suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Sutter Hospital in Davis. He was 61.
He had a passion for the outdoors, Bill loved camping and fishing. He was a skilled carpenter, and worked for 30 years in residential construction and remodeling.
He is survived by his daughter Melissa Harker and grandchildren Devon, Isaiah and Malachi, all of Florida; sister Sandra Meyers of Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers David and his wife Janet Harker of Dixon, Richard and his wife Joyce Harker of Columbus, Ind., Mike Harker of Columbus, and Steven and his wife Debbie Harker of Indianapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A committal service was held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
in Dixon. Condolences can be left for the family at www.bryanbraker.com.
Joseph Grant Gray died suddenly on December 1, 2011, in Sacramento after returning from a vacation in Hawaii. Born in Woodland, CA on April 30th, 1964 to Grantland William and Mary Louise Gray, Joseph was raised in Winters and graduated from Winters High School in 1982. He studied Agricultural Science and Management at the University of California, Davis where he graduated in 1988. He remained in Yolo County for several years selling real estate and working for the Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. He then moved to Fresno where he worked for the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. In 1996, he accepted a position at the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and he moved to Cotati, CA. In 2002, he was promoted to Deputy Agricultural Commissioner. He is survived by his mother, Mary Louise Gray of Winters, brother John Gray, sister-in-law Linda Gray, nephews Matthew and Michael Gray and niece Melissa Gray of Rohnert Park. Graveside services will be held at 1pm on Friday December 9, 2011, at the Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph Grant Gray Scholarship, checks payable to: AGR Phi Endowment Fund, c/o Andy Kennedy, 1500 Pembroke Way, Dixon, CA 95620
Donald “Ross” Morrison died unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2011, due to a heart attack in Davis. Ross was 61. He was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, on July 9, 1950.
Morrison grew up in a military family and traveled the world with the family as a child. In 1961, his family moved to Winters while his father worked for the Davis Army Installation, now known as D.Q.U. In 1964, when Morrison was 14, his father retired from the Army and the family moved to Hayward, where Ross spent the next 25 years. In 1989, he moved his family back to Winters. He considered Hayward and Winters to be his hometowns.
Morrison never met a stranger and never forgot a face. Known for his humor and wit, he loved to make people laugh. He loved spending time with the children in the family, from his nephews and niece to his grandchildren as he got older.
He is survived by his daughters, Casey Morrison, Vanessa Sale, Roseanna Morrison and Melisa Morrison; siblings, Linda Sullivan (William), Jayne Hall (William), Colleen Morrison and Jack Morrison; grandchildren, Brendan Morrison, Lindsay Morrison and Nicole Ramos; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Florence Morrison, and his brothers, Jeffery Morrison, Charles Morrison and Steven Morrison.
Services are planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at New Life Family Church, 315 Edwards St., Winters.
Christopher Paul Fanoe Horsley, husband of Suzanne Horsley, father of Joshua Horsley, died at home on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 after a long illness. He was born in Berkeley on May 3, 1947 and moved to Winters in the 1970s to farm with his father, Allen Horsley.
Chris was a passionate man who was brimming with love and energy. Much of his energy was harnessed and directed towards continual learning and involvement in the things he loved most. His love of learning was most often demonstrated through his hands; whether that meant tractor driving on the farm, wrenching on an old car, gripping the wheel of a speeding race car, or thumbing through a classic novel. Total engagement was central to his life; he was a doer and a talker, not an observer.
Discussions of life, philosophy, politics, economics and the surrounding world gave him great joy. Chris was the kind of person that you found yourself deep in conversation with at a party or during an accidental meeting on the street. One would suddenly find that time had sped by quickly, while the two of you were lost in a conversation, exploring the meaning of life or solutions to the worlds' problems.
Chris had a scrupulous code of behavior regarding how he lived his life. He believed that honor, ethics, morality, honesty, and reputation were the most important measures of one's life. He often assessed someone on the basis of whether or not he would want that person charging onto the battlefield next to him. Would that person stand tall by his side and fight for what was right? This was a constant metaphor he used to evaluate those he encountered during his fights for farmers' water rights, battles for individuals against governmental regulation and his competitions on the racetrack. If one wants to honor Chris and his memory, act with honor in one's own life.
Chris’ achievements include:
He was a preeminent husband and father. He managed to grow apricots without going bankrupt. The apricots were of such high caliber that famed restaurant, "The French Laundry," used his apricots in their dishes. He created a successful wine that is being sold in some of San Francisco's finest restaurants.
He rallied fellow farmers and citizens to fight against injustice, most notably in the fight for water rights, as chairman of the Putah Creek Landowners Association. This particular fight brought him to Washington, D.C. to speak in front of a senate subcommittee, and to personally advise Senator Bill Bradley.
He established and was involved in the Yolo County Landowners Association as a board member to address local issues of concern to farmers. He was an outstanding go-kart racer, competitive runner and hurdler, setting records on both tracks. He was an extremely learned man, who never stopped seeking knowledge. He obtained a B.S. from UC Davis in 1976 in agricultural science and management. He was exceptionally well-read, knowledgeable and conversant in a wide range of areas and pretty darn good at Jeopardy. He lived an incredible, enviable life and passed away at 64 years of age, having accomplished more than most.
Chris, you have left behind many who will always love and miss you. Thank you for the time you spent with us, the good times we had, the love you shared, and the lessons you taught us.
A memorial honoring his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue, with a reception following. All friends are invited to attend..
Tony M. Garcia died peacefully at his home in Winters on Nov. 22, 2011. A native of Winters, he and his siblings Frank, Dolores, Mary and Joseph all grew up in the family home at 10 Baker St.
He joined the Marines in 1939, married his childhood sweetheart in 1942 and proudly served his country in WWII. After returning from the South Pacific, he farmed in the Winters area for the next 50 years.
He was twice commander of the Winters VFW, all state commander and recently senior vice commander and trustee. He received his 50-year pin as a Mason in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Faustina; sons John Edward (Tracy) of Chico and Douglas (Madeline) of San Francisco; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A private military burial will take place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Robert Clifford Harris
As Mae West once said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” and few may have understood this better than Robert Clifford Harris. Better known to friends and family as “Bob” or “Bobby,” this man of extraordinary light succumbed to a long-term illness on Nov. 26, 2011. He was 67 years old.
Born in Greenville, S.C., on Nov. 12, 1944, to Kathryn and Robert Richardson, from the very beginning Bob had a best friend and constant source of competition in his identical twin brother. Upon his family’s settling in Winters in 1956, Bob immediately took to small town living, making friendships to last a lifetime. Bob loved sports, and played football, basketball, baseball and track for Winters High School. He also played coronet in the band.
Lifelong achievements include graduation from Winters High School in June 1963, and a B.A. in history from UC Davis. He served on the Winters Planning Commission, Winters City Council, was a longtime member of the Winters Lions Club and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Davis for more than 10 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-68, rising to the rank of 1st lieutenant. He received a National Defense Service Medal for service during the Vietnam War.
Bob was a man of joy. He loved laughter, he loved a good joke and his sense of humor never wavered. Every single person whom Bob touched with his light and love will attest to his infectious good mood and open-hearted way of greeting each day.
The golf courses in and around Yolo and Solano Counties will no longer be the same without Bob. A longtime fan of the game, he was able to enjoy the sport up until the last year of his life, a true gift bringing him many wonderful memories. He also loved camping, dancing, fishing and singing in the church choir.
At the time of his death, Bob was living in Woodland, and had been a resident of Yolo County for 55 years. He follows his mother, Kathryn Harris, his father, Robert Richardson and his adopted father Kenneth Harris in death.
Bob leaves behind his wife, Patricia Joann Harris; daughters Gabrielle Harris Cullen (husband Seth), of San Rafael, Kylie Harris of Davis and Quinci Harris of Sebastopol; granddaughter Mozelle Nicole Cullen; identical twin brother Richard Harris (wife Susan) of Winters, and brothers George Harris of Winters and Ken Harris (wife Deena) of Davis; half-brothers Frank and Steve Richardson of North Carolina; stepsons Timothy and David Collins (wife Angie); step-grandchildren Jonathan, Joy and Caleb; former wife Nicole Greenwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There is a void that cannot be filled, now that Bob has left this Earth but it is important to remember, in the words of Robert Benchley, “Death ends a life, not a relationship,” and so those wishing to pay tribute to Bob may do so on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd. in Davis at 11 a.m. The family asks in lieu of flowers to make a donation to the Yolo Hospice, Yolo County Adult Day Health Center, or the UC Davis Alzheimer Disease Center in Bob’s memory.
Vicente “Don Chente” Fernandez passed away peacefully at his home in Winters from natural causes on Jan. 10, 2012. He was 91.
Born on April 17, 1920, in Guanajuato, Mexico, he immigrated to Winters in 1955 and worked as a farm laborer until his retirement in 1991. He was a big fan of baseball and loved to watch his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. In his spare time, he also liked to watch wrestling, play the harmonica, tend to his peach trees and play the lottery. He was a great family man; every Sunday he would get his family together to cook his famous carnitas, pollo dorado and papas fritas.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Paula; son Rodrigo (Ofelia) and daughter Isabel (Teofilo) Gonzalez both of Mexico; sons Alejandro (Olivia), Ponciano (Rosalba) and Juan (Leonila) Fernandez; daughters, Amelia (Jules) Damey and Luisa Fernandez; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his two sons Lorenzo and Apolinar Fernandez.
He was laid to rest at the Winters Cemetery.