February 3, 2009

Speaking of Longs Drugs lay-offs in the next post, sad news about a longtime employee

Regular reader (and Council member) Mom's Exhausted sent along a copy of an obituary she came across about someone she knew who recently died, Walter H. Dere. He was a 40-year employee of Long's Drugs.

Mom's Exhausted says:
"Not that I expect you to report obituaries, but I knew this gentleman. He was a Long's Employee for over 40 years. A pharmacist. Very kind, gentle and likable man. Left behind a wife and three grown daughters. Must imagine that many in the Walnut Creek area would have known him. ... 40 years is an incredibly long time to work for any one company."

I can't say that I know him, but his name is somehow very familiar to me. My condolences to his family and friends.

Anyway, here is his obituary, as it appeared in the Contra Costa Times.

Walter H. Dere
Walter H. Dere July 16, 1941 ~ Nov. 23, 2008 Resident of Walnut Creek Walter Dere passed away peacefully on November 23, 2008, at the age of 67 following a long battle with cancer. A native of California, Walt was born and raised in Sacramento and moved to Walnut Creek where he resided for 37 years. He graduated from UCSF School of Pharmacy with a PharmD and worked for Longs Drug Stores for over 40 years. He is preceded in death by his father, William J. Dere. Walt is survived by his loving wife Patricia, his mother Bessie Dere, and daughters Karen, Lynda and Laura. He is also survived by his sisters Florence Fong and Beverly Hing, and his brother Willard Dere. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 1-4pm at Oak Park Hills Chapel at 3111 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) 3932D Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 or Bruns House c/o Hospice of the East Bay 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 in memory of Walter Dere. Oak Park Hills Chapel (925) 934-6500


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