Obituaries

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Born on May 25, 1946 to the late Eddie and Eva Evans in San Francisco, Tom peacefully passed away on Dec. 2, 2019. Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Tom is survived by his wife, Roseanne Evans; children, Angela (Brian) Becker and Anthony Evans; and grandchildren, Daniel, Ryan and Hannah Becker. He was one of a kind, truly blessed with many wonderful friends, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Tom grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, class of 1965. In December 1965, Tom was drafted by the U.S. Army. He worked at several Bay Area institutions, such as Cost Plus Imports, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Moscone West.

If you knew Tom, you knew he was a NFL and golf fanatic. A San Francisco 49ers faithful to the end. He spent most of his retired time at the Corica Park Golf Course, was a past member the Alameda Men’s Golf Club and was an active member of the Chuck Corica Senior’s Golf Club. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Big T’s life on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. at one of his favorite Alameda spots: Jim’s on the Course, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Drive, at the Corica Park Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom’s memory may be made to your favorite charity.

 

Longtime Alameda resident Joseph Wilson passed away at the Shields Nursing Center in Richmond, Calif., after an extended illness on Oct. 29. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Department overseas and later became a counselor in alcohol and drug matters and an advisor to the Oakland Police Department.  

Born in Oakland on April 23, 1931, he was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was able to receive his 52-year sobriety chip shortly before he passed away. 

Joe is survived by two daughters, Victoria Lynn Wilson of San Leandro and Cynthia Eileen Wilson of Ogden, Iowa. He is to be interred at Sacramento Valley National Military Cemetery in Dixon. 
All who knew him will miss his cheerful approach to life, his profound wisdom deriving from a well-earned sobriety and his ability to find the key to most problems — “Don’t drink and go to meetings.”

Fern Barker died peacefully in her beloved Alameda home on Oct. 31, 2019. Born in Chicago, Ill, on Feb. 9, 1933, she grew up in Glencoe, Ill., and graduated from New Trier High School in 1951. 
Fern joined the stewardess corps of United Airlines, flying in DC-7’s on the West Coast until her 1955 marriage to Ensign Bill Barker. Fern was a dedicated naval officer’s wife, caring for her family as a single parent during her husband’s many deployments during the Vietnam War. 

The Barker family moved to Alameda in 1969.

Fern’s creative spirit and passion for art drove her to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in jewelry and metal arts from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1973. This propelled her long and successful career as a jeweler and teacher of creative arts in the Bay Area.

Fern is survived by her children: Deb Barker (Mark Shaw), and Brad Barker (Paula); grandchildren: Meghan, Nick and Tessa Barker; sister Gale Whitnell; ex-husband Bill Barker; five nephews and a niece. 

Memorial services will be held in the spring of 2020.

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