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Birth Date: 
Feb 24, 1970
Date of death: 
Aug 20, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Lifelong Alameda resident Steve Manzo, Sr. passed away peacefully on August 20th, 2021, after a brief illness. Steve, Sr. is survived by his children, Steven, Jr., Julia, Samuel and Alyssa Manzo, his mother Sandie Manzo and siblings Laurie and Lou Manzo, Jr. and niece Alexandria and nephews Tyler and Tanner Manzo. He is preceded in death by his father Lou Manzo Sr.

Steve was a loving and dedicated father, son, sibling, uncle, and godfather as well as a loyal and true friend to many. We are saddened by his early passing but find comfort in our shared memories with him. Please join us as we honor his life and memory.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 12-4 pm at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. Alameda, CA. followed by a 7 pm Vigil service at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren Street. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 17th at 10 a.m., St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren Street followed by a Committal service at 1 pm at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA.

Birth Date: 
Oct 5, 1935
Date of death: 
Sep 3, 2021

Hugh E. McLoone passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 5, 1935 to Hugh and Elizabeth McLoone, he attended St. John’s University. Post-graduation, he was active in their alumni association, receiving the Pietas Medal (1995). Hugh served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga CVA14, earning a Naval Commendation Medal, and in the Naval Reserves until his retirement as Captain in 1990. Until recently, he was on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI and active with the Naval War College Foundation. Hugh earned an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, pursuing a carrier as a Certified Public Account. A life-long learner, Hugh enjoyed reading, art, music, wine tasting, and martial arts, earning a black belt in Aikido. Hugh is survived by his three sons and their families: Hugh Jr. and Mary, Matthew, and Paul and Susan, and four grandchildren: Sean, Rose, Jack, and Claire. He has a brother Dennis and his wife Mary in Staten Island, NY. He’s also loved by his nephew John-Paul and niece Jordana in Sydney, Australia, with his brother Jack (deceased) and his wife Carol. While born and raised on the East coast, Hugh loved the Bay Area, residing in Alameda, CA for over 40 years.

Eli Gray was struck and killed by a truck in Oakland on Aug. 27. Eli had an idyllic Alameda childhood, attending Edison Elementary, Lincoln Middle, and Alameda High schools and living on Christmas Tree Lane.

As a child he had only a casual interest in sports but was eager for the hexadecimal math problems his dad would give him while waiting for breakfast at Jim’s Coffee Shop. He was gentle and kind, nicknamed “the Gandhi Child” by a family friend.

He once made a new friend after a child told his mother that Eli was the nicest kid in class, so she arranged a play date. His early love of math soon grew to include computers and he began building custom systems that could “super cool” his CPU to -60°C, increasing computation speed. This culminated in a “phase-change” cooling project which probably helped him gain early-decision admission to MIT.

He was thrilled to enter MIT and be around those who shared his passion for topics few people could understand or cared about. But early in his college career he began to experience serious mental illness, which led to a prolonged leave of absence after his sophomore year. He returned to the Bay Area and continued to pursue math and computer classes at UC Berkeley and enjoyed learning welding at Laney College, always with the goal of returning to MIT. The areas of math that most fascinated him were the abstract disciplines that did not involve numbers, where he found great beauty.

Politics and law also intrigued him, leading him to line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court at midnight one cold March night for the chance to watch their oral arguments the next day. Nearly as thrilling was when he ventured into Trump Tower and spotted Rudy Giuliani. He took a selfie with Rudy in the background, only to discover months later that the men with Giuliani in the photo were the infamous “Lev” and “Igor” of the Ukrainian scandal involving attempts to smear Joe Biden! Eli loved that photo.

Robert Mueller’s report was also released that week and Eli was thrilled to stand in front of the Justice Department to witness its release. This trip to D.C. may have been his favorite vacation ever.

Eli returned to MIT last fall and had a successful semester, but in spring he slipped back into serious mental illness and returned home. We believe his confused state of mind from his illness contributed greatly to the accident that killed him.

He is survived by his parents Alan “Sam” Bradley and Jennifer Gray of Alameda; sister Marina Bradley of Alameda; grandparents Nancy and Ray McKelvey of Morro Bay, Calif.; aunts and uncles Charles “Chuck” Bradley of Berkeley, Kris Bradley and Carol Ihlenberg of San Rafael, Kimberly Gray of Bloomington, Ind., Robert “Scott” Gray (Jen) of Bloomington, Ind., Matthew Gray (Carmen) of Rio Rico, Ariz., Debbie Green of Bloomington, Ind., Cynthia and Mike Stover of Noblesville, Ind., Andy Ruff of Bloomington, Ind.; and his beloved cousins Anna, Rachel, Jordin, Hank, Sofia, Dylan, Matthew Javier, Kylie, Eleanor, Kennedy, Charli and Aella.

He is also survived by his closest friend, Kyle Mauney, who provided over 25 years of fun, companionship, and support. And finally, his dear cat Abbie who he saved from a life on the streets of Cambridge, Mass.

Memorial donations gratefully accepted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) or the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. A private memorial will be held at his grandparents’ family home to remember his many happy years.

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