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James Bassel Davis passed away peacefully at his home in Alameda. He is survived by his daughter Janet Straughan Davis and her husband Rajiv Mathur, his daughter Alison Lynn Davis Dahl (deceased), and his granddaughters Emery Cambell Dahl and Camryn Bassel Dahl, his nieces Kimberly Davis, and Victoria Bogachus. Jim was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley California with his parents Joe Ray Sr. and Mary Lou Davis, and his late brother Joe Ray Jr.

He graduated from Berkeley high school in 1947 and the University of California, Berkeley in 1952. He left the university and joined the army for a one year enlistment in 1948. He was stationed at Fort Hood Texas in the second armored division, where he was a half track driver and machine gunner. After the year, he returned to CAL and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1952. As a senior he received a varsity letter in water polo and was elected President of Sigma Chi fraternity.

After graduation he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the army. Stationed at Fort Lewis Washington as a special services officer, the Korean War was on and he received orders to go to Korea as an infantry second lieutenant. Prior to departure, his two years total of military service qualified him to leave the army. Upon his return home he was accepted to the Berkeley School of Law. Upon graduating law school, he became a deputy attorney general of California, serving five years in San Francisco and Sacramento.

At the end of the five year term he entered private legal practice in Alameda. He then formed a legal partnership with Theodore Craig under the name Davis and Craig. The law firm grew in size through the years to seventeen attorney’s with offices in Alameda and San Francisco. The firms name changed to Davis Craig Young and Bartolini. For thirty years Davis’ primary legal work was for the developers of Harbor Bay Isle. During this time Davis made more than one thousand appearances before city, county, state and federal agencies on behalf of the development. Sometime after the completion of the Harbor Bay project he retired from the practice of law. Shortly thereafter he became the principle founder of the Bank of Alameda and served as Chairman of the Board for fifteen years, until the bank was sold to the Bank of Marin.

Jim was involved in many athletic endeavors and was a lifelong exercise enthusiast. He participated in ocean and bay sailing races, was a jet and water skier, he had many white water kayak adventures on the west coast. He was also a competitive tennis player and would often play in, and a few times won, the city doubles championships. At the age of eighty he took up golf and was a fixture at the Chuck Corica golf course, sometimes even managing to beat his son-in-law Rajiv! Jim was married to Mary Jane Davis and had two daughters Janet and Alison.

Mary Jane Davis, Jim’s ex wife passed in February of 2014 and sadly Alison passed in March 2018 of brain cancer. Alison’s two daughters Emery and Camryn are recent college graduates living in Bethesda MD. Janet is married to Rajiv Mathur and lives in Alameda. Janet will hold a celebration of life on Thursday, June 9th, 2022, at the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Jim was an avid movie lover, so attendees can join family and friends in the balcony seats to watch Top Gun: Maverick at 7:15 pm. Jim wished any donations be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), a cause dear to his daughters.

RSVP with Janet Davis at e-mail address straughie@comcast.net.

Roy Herbert Nason passed away on April 24th at the age of 94. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Beverly Nason and 3 daughters, Debra Hodges, Ginger Booth and Becky Becker. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He served in the Oakland Fire Department for 32 years. Roy was also a Member of the Elks for over 30 years.

A Devoted Wife, Dear Mother, Proud Grandmother, Loving Great-Grandmother

Angelita is survived by her loving husband Maximo Baylosis, their 2 daughters, Bernadette Baylosis Gard, Veronica Baylosis Morin and husband Keith, grandchildren Jessica Herrera and husband Alex, Victoria Morin, Michael Gard and Farrah Morin and great-granddaughter Genevieve Herrera.

She also leaves behind her brothers and sisters in-laws Ernie and Violet Posas, Arthur and Teresita Posas, cousin Erlinda Herrera and many more cousins, nephews, nieces, godchildren and relatives. She was the manager and promoter of George Elizalde, who was like a son to her.

She was born in Rosario, Cavite, Philippines on January 11, 1940 to Victoriano and Leonida Posas.

Angelita attended Cavite City High School and University Santo Tomas College of Pharmacy. She came to the United States at age 20 while her father served in the U.S. Navy.

After living at Lemoore NAS, Angelita settled in Alameda, CA. On August 7, 1965, she married Max at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. She has lived in her home for 53 years, where she raised her daughters and helped raise her grandchildren during her career and post-retirement.

Angelita had a 25-year career with Wells Fargo Bank and retired as a Commercial Loan Supervisor. After starting her own travel business, she worked simultaneously for 14 years with Health and Human Services at the City of Berkeley.

In addition to her career, she was a passionate and devoted entertainment manager and volunteered her time at Mastick Senior Center.

Angelita didn’t wait for retirement to travel the world with her family and friends, having frequented the Philippines, Hawaii, Japan, Paris, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean islands. She stepped up her cruising lifestyle upon retiring and led many travel groups. Her favorite ports included New Orleans, Panama Canal, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Italy.

She was involved in numerous groups and played both leadership and supporting roles. She was part of the St. Philip Neri community for many years while her daughters attended school, through her ministry as a Eucharistic minister and was an involved wife in the Knights of Columbus. She was a member and past President of the Filipino Women’s Club of the East Bay; active in her hometown club, Rosarians USA; her husband’s hometown, The Balayan Bay Area Club and was a founding member of the Santo Nino Prayer Group of the East Bay.

Angelita made many friends during her active life and her incredible memory of her family and friends’ lives made her our family’s encyclopedia. She was warm and welcoming, loved bringing people together, enjoyed dancing and her smile lit up a room.

May She Rest in Everlasting Peace.

For full details on services, please visit Oakland Chapel of the Chimes online.

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