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Dennis Joseph McLark, 59, sorrowfully passed away on September 8, 2022. Dennis was a kind soul who embodied happiness. He radiated boundless love and positive energy outward, touching the hearts of everyone around him. Dennis will be deeply missed.

Mary Agnes English Sparrow was born in Beaumont, Texas, April 3, 1920. Mary graduated from Prairie View College, in Prairie View, Texas with a degree in Social Services 1941, but her passion was teaching. Mary followed that passion by teaching special education in Texas for 10 years.

Mary moved to Alameda, California in 1952 and was a very active member of the community. Mary was an officer of the Alameda Branch of the NAACP the entire time the branch was active in Alameda. They had a strong Get Out To Vote effort. She was very active with Alameda’s Annual Black History Program. In 2020, Mary was honored at the Annual Black History Program for all her community involvement. She continued her passion of teaching Special Education at Donald D. Lum Elementary School and Paden Elementary School, in Alameda for 22 years.

Mary raised her three children in Alameda. Her two sons Frazier Sparrow II and Steven Sparrow preceded her in death. Her daughter Pamela Sparrow Lewis is an active community member.

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, about 200 of Mary’s near and dear family and friends had planned to celebrate her 100th Birthday, at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers’ Club. The family had planned a day fit for a queen! The COVID virus interrupted those plans. Mary was so looking forward to that celebration.

Mary’s hobbies were gardening, reading, attending plays, musicals, making wonderful hamburgers and delicious lemon pies. Mary had a love for people and took in so many family members.

On September 10, 2022, Mary departed this life surrounded by loved ones. She will always be remembered for her big caring heart. Mary’s unconditional love will truly be missed by all. She was a giver, and Proverbs 18:16 tells us “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”

Mary’s funeral services will be held Monday, September 26, 2022 at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, Crematory & Columbarium, 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611.

The “Quiet Hour” Visitation/Viewing: 10:00 - 11:30 and Funeral Service: 12:00

The service will be live streamed from this link:

Birth Date: 
Jan 9, 1938
Date of death: 
Aug 23, 2022

On Tuesday, August 23 in the afternoon, Alameda native Rich Sr. died at home surrounded by family. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia. Kaiser Hospice of Oakland worked diligently to get Rich Sr. home in a timely manner and guided the family in caring for him once home. Preceding his death were his parents, A. Roger Bullock and Virginia Sullivan Bullock and brother Roger Bullock, all of Alameda.

Rich Sr’s. priority was to raise a strong healthy family. With Susan, his wife of 59 years, they had four children: Richard Jr., Michael, Daniel, and Lia Kim. He loved being around his kids, telling stories, talking sports (Giants, 49ers and Warriors), travel, history, current events and especially talking about his grandchildren. He welcomed Gianluca, Emilia, Tiana, Tyler, and Allison with open arms and tears of joy. His children and grandchildren are independent thinkers, funny and hard working. He loved them very much!

Sports played a huge part in Rich Sr’s life. He was a two-sport athlete at Alameda High School, lettering in baseball (pitcher) and basketball before graduating in 1956. He continued to play basketball in college (Chico State) and with the Alameda Recreation & Park Dept. in young adulthood. Rich Sr. also loved playing ARPD men’s softball and was the proud manager of the Whales for many years.

Rich Sr. was able to coach his sons in CYO basketball and Babe Ruth baseball. It was a true joy for him to be the voice of the AHS Lady Hornets basketball, women’s softball and football teams. Rich would happily fill in to announce for any sport when needed for both local high schools. The student-athletes loved to hear their names announced as much as he enjoyed announcing them! He was really looking forward to announcing this coming 2022-2023 football, basketball and softball seasons. On Friday, August 26, Alameda High School’s football team honored Rich, Sr. with a tribute and moment of silence before the game.

Rich Sr. had a passion for history and developed an avid interest in learning about different cultures and archaeology. He was especially interested in people living on various islands. He hand wrote letters to individuals on those islands for many years and bought their handcrafted artifacts. He became acquainted with people via mail (not email). In reading about archaeology, he was amazed at the many ‘finds’ archeologists continue to uncover. He believed as long as people keep digging, we will continue to learn from the past. He had a great time on his iPad ‘traveling’ to different places, especially as his mobility slowed.

Rich Sr. leaves his wife Susan, his children Richard Jr., Michael, Daniel, Lia and his grandchildren Gianluca, Emilia, Tiana, Tyler and Allison. Remembering him fondly is Nicole Celaya, mother of Gianluca & Emilia and Rosemary Bullock, mother of Tyler & Allison. He also leaves Anthony Sanchez, Lia’s boyfriend and valued friend to the Bullock family; as well, Cynthia, Richard Jr.’s fiancé. Ken and Caren Weiner and family in SoCal, Lisa and Rena Church of SF, Catherine Church and Bob Cardle of Alameda are nieces, nephews who will all miss him greatly.

Please join us on October 30, 2022, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Park-Harrison Recreation Center, 1450 High St., Alameda, CA 94501 where Rich Sr. grew up and was a park director for a farewell gathering

Contributions in Richard Sr.’s name may be to:

AHS Athletic Boosters
EHS Athletic Booster
POB 1230
Alameda, Ca 94501