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Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister

March 1, 1929 - March 3, 2018

Roger Bannister, the British runner who raised the bar for athletes all over the world by breaking the four-minute mile in 1954, has passed away at the age of 88, his family said Sunday.

Bannister died in Oxford “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them,” relatives said in a statement. A medical student at the time of his historic record in 1954, when he completed a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds—a feat previously thought impossible—he went on to lead a distinguished medical career but later suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Speaking to the Associated Press of his record-breaking run in 2012, he said, “It became a symbol of attempting a challenge in the physical world of something hitherto thought impossible. I’d like to see it as a metaphor not only for sport, but for life and seeking challenges.”

Remembering Roger Bannister

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Dave Hadfield

Dave Hadfield

February 7, 1944 - February 27, 2018

Dave Hadfield was a rugby league player cum journalist who passed away due to illness.

Sports journalism has given us many big names in the form of writers and journalists. They have a huge following just like the players and the audiences engage with them in every bit of emotions in the game.

Tributes and obituaries are pouring all over social media for Dave after his demise. It is very difficult to take that someone who gave his entire life for the betterment of Rugby is no more now.

Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy who later converted into a player of the rugby league and eventually a journalist of the same. Even though he has not been featured on Wikipedia, diehard rugby lovers remember him and adore him for his writings and columns.

Today when the man passes away, Twitter talks about his contribution to the game. He valued it more than anything else and cared for its games at all levels regardless of the degrees in popularity.

The journalist wrote for The Independent in 1990 and traveled the world for his work from Hongkong to Sydney. He wrote his very first edition in The I Paper in 2010 and many more after that. There has been no one as passionate as Hadfield for this game as per his colleagues.

He has even written books like Up And Over, A Trek Through Rugby League Land, which is quite inspiring.

Dave Hadfield has explained his illness in one of his books a year ago. He had Parkinson’s disease and did fight it for the longest time. However, it is unsure if his death is due to that very cause.

Today, the internet is filled with condolence messages and prayers to people around him and rarely anybody has talked about what caused his demise. The former rugby player and journalist passing away is a huge loss to the sports world. He has been referred to as a legend in the field of rugby journalism.

Dave Hadfield was certainly a married man but his wife and children have always remained away from the limelight. When the world is praying for the deceased family’s strength today, their identities have not been revealed.

We hope that the heartbroken family copes well with the loss of their beloved. Similarly, deepest condolence to Dave’s well-wishers and followers.

Remembering Dave Hadfield

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Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham

June 11, 1928 - February 7, 2018

Husband. Farmer. Father. Agricultural Leader. 

On February 7th Gordon Graham passed away peacefully in Cochrane, Alberta. His devoted wife Pat and members of his family were with him as he moved on. A farmer from Newdale, Manitoba, Gordon was a leader in the agricultural community. A graduate of the University of Manitoba's Agriculture Diploma program, he met Patricia Fall, the love his life, while attending university. Gordon was constantly looking for ways to add value to agricultural production leading him to become a seed grower and run a successful seed plant in addition to farming. He vigorously supported the introduction of rapeseed and its transformation into modern canola as a free enterprise option for farmers looking to diversify their marketing options. Always an advocate for producers, he was the first farmer to become Chairman of the Canola Council of Canada in 1975 through 1977. Gordon's unswerving support for the canola industry was recognized with a lifetime membership to the Canola Council of Canada in 1998 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. After Gordon and Patricia retired and sold their farm they started on a new adventure. In their full sized RV they toured all over North America, wintered in Florida and built a new house in Cochrane. It is truly said that Gordon was never happier when he was on the road heading for a new destination. Gordon had a quick sense of humour and a willingness to tease and be teased. He will be remembered for his devotion to family and his love of dogs, especially his favourite four-legged companion Kelly. Gordon will be sorely missed by Patricia and the extended family, son Perry Graham, daughter-in-law Louise Lefebvre, daughter Nancy, her husband Don Marks, and five grandchildren Morgan, Tom, Trish, Derek and Emma. We all wish him open roads and a clear sky as he heads for his latest destination. A special thank you is extended from the family to the caring and compassionate staff at Bethany Cochrane for their care of Gordon during his illness. 
Condolences may be forwarded through Cochrane Country Funeral Home at www.cochranecountryfuneralhome.com ph: 403-932-1039.
A memorial service is planned in Brandon, Manitoba in June.

His wife and warm water therapy advocate, Pat Graham, has since passed. You can read her story on the Memorial Wall

Remembering Gordon Graham

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Randolph O'Neal

Randolph O'Neal

September 25, 1939 - January 28, 2018

Mr. Randolph O’Neal, age 78, of Higgston, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, in The Oaks - Bethany in Vidalia, after an extended illness.  He was a native of Montgomery County, attended school in Kibbee, and was a 1957 graduate of Montgomery County High School.  He was a member of the McGregor Presbyterian Church, where he served in several capacities, and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Braine.  He began his telephone career with Pacific Telephone Company in San Diego, California, then transferred to Southern Bell and American Telephone in Georgia, and retired after thirty-five years of service.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin O. O’Neal and Johnnie Adelaide Fulghum.

Mr. O’Neal is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Sandra “Sandy” Pope O’Neal; son, James Marvin O’Neal and wife Gloria, and a grandson, Andrew O’Neal.

Funeral serves were held Wednesday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Reverend Wayne McDaniel officiating.  Burial will follow in the McCrimmon Cemetery.

A special thanks to the staff at The Oaks Bethany on the West Wing, for their love and care of our husband, father and grandfather.

Remembering Randolph O'Neal

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Lois Ann Pierce

Lois Ann Pierce

May 4, 1957 - December 31, 2017

Lois Ann Pierce, 60, of Framingham, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 after a long battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. Lois was the
beloved wife of Scott Face, cherished daughter of the late Frank Pierce and Jean Ciardelli, and best friend and loving sister of Linda DeFruscio-Robinson and her husband Greg Robinson.

Lois was a greatly skilled hair stylist and proprietor of Shears Hair Salon in Framingham, MA. Her clients, friends, and relatives, cherished her for
her kindness, graciousness, and keen wit. Lois enjoyed photography, traveling, good food, and her pets, two birds and cat.
Her family would like to thank all of Lois’ dedicated healthcare team. A special appreciation is also extended to Lois’ special friends for their loving care. They also would like to acknowledge her husband Scott’s unyielding and unconditional love and devotion over the past several years. Lois’ spirit will surely be missed. She was one of our greatest treasures.

Remembering Lois Ann Pierce

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Luther Hayes

Luther Hayes

March 7, 1939 - November 23, 2017

Luther Hayes, who won a pair of NCAA triple jump titles in the early 1960s while at USC and also played a key role in the Trojans’ 1958 football game against UCLA, died on Nov. 23 in Palos Verdes Estates due to natural causes. He was 78.

Hayes came to USC from San Diego’s Lincoln High (he previously had attended San Diego High), where he was on the football, basketball and track teams. He was All-City in football and was the 1957 state long jump champion.

The 6-3, 195-pound Hayes was a two-sport star at USC, lettering in football in 1958-60 and track and field in 1959-61.

Hayes was a two-way end in football at USC. His 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 6:50 to play in the 1958 UCLA game (and the Trojans’ ensuing two-point conversion) tied the game at 15-15, which was the final score. He had 14 career receptions at USC, including a team-best nine for 179 yards with two touchdowns in 1959 when he also made 44 tackles on defense to earn All-American honorable mention and All-Conference second team honors. As a sophomore in 1958, he had four catches for 68 yards along with 27 tackles and an interception. An injury slowed him during his 1960 senior campaign.

He was on Trojan track teams that won the conference championship all three of his years and captured the 1961 NCAA team title (USC was the NCAA runner-up in 1960). He won the NCAA triple jump crown in 1960 and 1961, becoming the first man to win a pair of NCAA titles in the event that was then called the hop, step and jump. His 51-2 ¼ leap in 1961 was an NCAA Meet record. He also was second in the 1961 NCAA long jump (then called the broad jump). He was ranked 10th in the world in the triple jump in 1961. He also captured the conference triple jump and long jump crowns in 1960 and 1961, setting a USC record while winning the 1961 triple jump (51-9 ½). It was 27 years before another man won both of those league events in the same year.

Going pro

In 1961, Hayes was selected in the 10th round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and the 27th round of the AFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He spent the 1961 season with his hometown Chargers, their first in San Diego, where he had 14 receptions with three touchdowns.

After his playing career, he was a teacher in the Los Angeles City School District and coached at Crenshaw High, California State University, Northridge and Los Angeles City College, where he also was an academic counselor.

Hayes is survived by his wife, Anita, daughters Andrea Jordan and Crystal Hill and son Luther, as well as sisters Mary Jones and LaVerne Perkins and four grandchildren.

Remembering Luther Hayes

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Elina Vesara Ostern

Elina Vesara Ostern

September 25, 1947 - November 1, 2017

Beloved Board member of PRO, Elina never let her advanced Parkinson’s stand in the way of her deep involvement with our organization.

Her generosity, her spirit and her loving nature will be remembered by all who knew her including her family in Finland and many dear friends in Los Angeles. Special sentiments and Contributions to PRO in her memory would be especially meaningful.

Remembering Elina Vesara Ostern

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Robert Wallace Vinyard

Robert Wallace Vinyard

May 11, 1929 - October 28, 2017

Robert was born May 11, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Margaret & Weldon Vinyard. At 18 he joined the navy serving on the U.S.S. Hambleton, a destroyer mine sweeper as a gunners mate.

Bob was a capable man of many talents. He once dismantled a 1946 Cadillac, lining the parts along a driveway then reassembled it to perfect running condition. He was proud to have served as a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree Knight. He loved to work and owned “Master Handyman” in Downey, CA as a licensed general contractor for many years.

While he loved to hammer, he considered his life’s work was making his wife Carmen the happiest woman on Earth. As in all his endeavors, he was successful.

Robert passed away on October 28, 2017. Services will be held at Miller Mies Mortuary Downey on November 10th at 10:30am.

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Warren C. Gilmore

Warren C. Gilmore

August 22, 1934 - October 9, 2017

Warren was born on August 22, 1934 and passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017. Warren was a resident of California at the time of passing.

Remembering Warren C. Gilmore

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Robin Zarider

Robin Zarider

April 17, 1956 - July 2, 2017

Bob (Robin) Zarider passed away in La Mesa, California on Sunday, July 2nd surrounded by his family. Bob was 61 and a long-time resident of Allied Gardens.

He served as Director, of the Investment Division at Neuman & Neuman Real Estate Inc. of San Diego. As a graduate of San Diego State University, Bob loved all things San Diego from his Aztecs and Padres to the San Diego Chargers.

Bob enjoyed civic activities and loved the game of golf and enjoyed playing with his group of friends for many years.

Bob is survived by his sons Zachary, Nathan and Jeffrey; father, Frank Zarider; brother, David Zarider and sister-in-law, Barbara; sister, Karen (Zarider) Johnson and husband Jeff. Bob’s cherished wife, Fran and beloved mother, Ruth, preceded his death.

Bob will be missed and forever will remain in our hearts. Donations to The Parkinson’s Resource Organization on Bob’s behalf would be most appreciated. Parkinson’s Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 773-5628.

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Updated: August 16, 2017