Obituaries

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Birth Date: 
Jan 27, 1982
Date of death: 
May 6, 2012

In Loving Remembrance of SSG. Thomas Kent Fogarty U.S. ARMY on the 10th Anniversary of his Death. Tommy was born at Alameda Hospital on Jan. 27, 1982. He was killed by a roadside bomb on Active Duty while serving with the U.S. ARMY in Paktya Province Afghanistan on May 6, 2012.

Tom was on his third deployment. He was deployed with the 3-509 ABN out of Ft. Richardson, AK. A proud Paratrooper, AATW, Tommy volunteered for this final deployment. At the time of his death Tommy had been awarded several Army Commendation Medals, Good Conduct Medals, three different Campaign Medals and many accolades from Superiors during his 8 years of service and three Active-Duty Combat Deployments. Tom was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart upon his death.

Tom is in Eternal Rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 60 with so many others who served with Honor.

Tommy, we love and miss you every single day. Your memory shines bright and your presence is still strong among us.

Your two boys, Kellan and Caden have grown so much. They keep your pictures in their rooms and we talk about you often and answer their questions. They are young men now and we make sure they know who you were and how much you loved them. We know you did everything you could for them. You would be so proud to see them today.

We are doing our best to raise them up right and give them all the things you wanted them to have.

On this 10th Anniversary of your tragic death, we want to honor you, remember you aloud, and tell you how much we miss you.

With Love and Pride, we salute you, Tommy. R.I.P.

Till we meet again.

Your Entire Loving Family,

Mom & Mike, Dad, Kellan and Caden, Rory and Katie, Conor and Cormac. Also, your loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and fellow soldiers who served with you over those eight years.

George Baxter Humphreys passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the age of 93. A resident of Alameda since 1983, George was preceded in death by his wife Maerose Evans Humphreys. He is survived by his four children, Nora (Richard), Jim (Toshie), George (Robin), and Matthew, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

George was born in Santa Barbara, California, the only child of George H. and Harriette Humphreys. He grew up on a dairy farm in Paso Robles and a cattle ranch near Buellton, where he enjoyed the beauty of California’s oak-covered rolling hills, rivers and wildlife. He often spoke of his fifth-grade teacher, who took the class on nature walks and encouraged his appreciation of birds and wildflowers. After graduating from high school in Solvang, George attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a B.S. in Process Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, where he gained expertise in Nuclear Engineering. After serving two years in the Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, George joined Kaiser Engineers in Oakland, where he worked as a project engineer and manager. His projects included nuclear power and test reactors, water desalination, landfills and waste-to-energy plants. He also worked on nuclear waste repository projects and hazardous waste superfund sites, including the Pearl Harbor Navy Base. While working full time, he attended law school at night, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco and was admitted to the State Bar. During this period, he also found time to work with a Boy Scout Troop in Lafayette for eleven years, serve as President of the Contra Costa Chapter of the California Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE) and as a CSPE State Director, and study drawing and painting for three years through adult education programs. After 38 years with Kaiser Engineers, George retired.

Following retirement, George applied his engineering experience to the cleanup of hazardous wastes at the former Alameda Air Station, by joining the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) in 2001. He served five years as Director and two years as Treasurer of Girls Inc. of the Island City, served on the Board of Directors and as V.P. of the Alameda Navy League, and served as Chair of the City’s Housing and Building Code Hearing and Appeals Board. He also was a co-founder and served three years as President of the Chuck Corica Seniors Golf Club. In addition, George followed the example of his father and grandfather by becoming a prolific watercolor artist. He studied art at the Mastick Senior Center in Alameda and expressed his love of nature through painting, primarily California landscapes. He will be remembered and missed for his artistic talents, sharp intelligence and abundant knowledge on many topics, dry humor, persistent determination and loving heart. Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services Friday April 22, 2022 at 9:30am with Deacon David Young, officiating. Interment following services at Oakview Memorial Park, Antioch, CA. For further information please call, Harry Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 510-522-6020.

Lawrence Kempel passed away March 30, 2022, at the Chula Vista, CA Veterans Home after a long illness. He was a 1969 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School and an Air Force veteran. Larry excelled in track and field at St. Joseph’s and even set a few records that he was quite proud of. Larry was also a co-founder and longtime member of The Wolfgang, a group of friends whose stories remain legendary. He loved the outdoors and lived for many years in South Lake Tahoe and the Grand Teton area of Wyoming. Larry loved music and could play most anything on the guitar. He is survived by his cherished mother Ida Kempel, sons Paul (Elena), Jeff (Andrea), Jake and his grandchildren Reese, Mia, Nico, Eric, Aidan, Araya, Aliya, and Adrian, former wife Carmela, brothers Paul (Mary), Michael (Theresa), Robert (Mary), sisters Charlene (Gary), Karen (Steve), Annette (John) and Rachel. He also leaves behind aunts Dot, Betty and Tookie and many beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and great friends. Larry was predeceased by his father, Walter, his sister Mary Jo, his grandparents Mary and John Bergman and Anna and Walter Kempel Sr. and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Larry will be missed by all.

There will be a funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Alameda on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 10:55 am and a reception will follow at a location to be determined.

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