Obituaries

Thomas Hart

passed peacefully, Friday, August 15, 2014. He lost his struggle with ALS, which was diagnosed only a few months ago. During this short time his children, loving friends and his companion for the past six years, Winnifred Perman, a longtime resident of Sequim, Washington surrounded him.
Born in Massachusetts on January 1, 1937, Tom was the only surviving child of Clifton and Evelyn Hart. In his pre-teens, his family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Tom met Patricia Jeanne Callaghan, his wife of 53 years until her death in March 2008. Their two children, Glenn Alan (Carol) Hart and Lynne Hart (Mark) Wilcox of Anchorage, Alaska and daughter-in-law, Karen Hart of Sequim, survive him. Tom was adored by his grandchildren, Jason Alan Hart, Mathew James McCourt and Merissa Gargiulo and his great-grandchildren, Cole McCourt, Liam Hart and River Gargiulo. He was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Clifton Hart.
Tom Hart's life's passion was aviation. Better known as Captain Tom Hart, he served in the United States Navy. Following his military service, he began his career as a commercial airline pilot and flying became his hobby in retirement. He loved flying.
Tom made his home in Sequim, Washington, after his retirement from Flying Tiger Line and Reeve Aleutian Airways in 1997. Though he came to Sequim, Washington to retreat from the career world, slowing down was certainly not part of his retirement plan. His roots were firmly planted in Sequim, but he did not let any grass grow under his feet. Tom mentored young people in aviation with the Port Townsend Aviation Museum, was a member of Quiet Birdmen and taught many to fly as a flight instructor. He also conducted biannual aircraft reviews and worked with experimental aviation.
With compassion and generosity, Tom chose to see the good in everyone that traveled in his circle of life, and he was quick to forgive. While everyone is dealt cards of misfortune in their lifetime, Tom chose to play the card of giving and caring for those around him. Tom was a longtime caregiver for his ailing mother. He dedicated many years to his wife, Patricia's battle with cancer. Without hesitation, he came to his son's side during his cancer recovery. Many other friends experienced his kindness and open heart. Beau and Bell, his feline companions for more than 15 years and White Socks, the stray cat that paid Tom nightly visits, will miss Tom's love and generosity.
In lieu of flowers, gifts are suggested to the ALS Association (alsa.org), Peninsula Friends of Animals (http://safehavenpfoa.org/) and Port Townsend Aviation Museum (http://ptaeromuseum.com/)
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon, at the John Wayne Marina, 2577 West Sequim Bay Road, in Sequim. An open house will follow at Tom's home from 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
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Manuel "Manny" Herrera, III

Sunrise 7/25/1949 -
Sunset 7/27/2014


Manny lived his "dash" to life's fullest serving God, family, country and career. Born the second child, first son, of surviving heart-broken parents, Manuel Herrera, Jr. and Josephine Anne Herrera. Predeceased by son, Manuel "Chip" Herrera, IV. Survived by siblings, Mary Theresa Moreno (Mic), David Herrera, Yolanda Herrera, Rebecca Quintero (Ric), Cecilia Herrera and James Herrera (Tina); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Beginning his education at St. John's Catholic School, a high achiever, serving as alter boy, continuing to do so after graduating 8th grade and served as alter boy, lector at St. Monica's. Graduating Valedictorian Sunnyside High School 1967 (Mr. Sunnyside). First family member to graduate from University of Arizona, joined ROTC. Upon graduation enlisted in the US Army. Received an Honorable Discharge after four years as a First Lieutenant. Earned his Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Working in administration both San Joaquin and Denver Regional Transportation. His last move before retirement was as the Human Resource Manager for Alexandria, VA, Fire Department. His final move was to be Goodyear, AZ where he had purchased a home to spend the rest of his life. Planning on shedding his suits and ties in exchange for Levi's, cowboy shirts and boots cause he was heading to the Wild West where his life began. We love you Manny. In lieu of flowers, family lovingly request donations for a memorial tribute in his honor at the Manuel Herrera, Jr. Park's Peace Garden, c/o Beki Quintero, P.O. Box 11092, Tucson, AZ 85734. Honor Guard/Flag presentation prior to Memorial Mass at 12:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014, St. Monica's, 212 W. Calle Medina Monseigneur Van Wagner officiating. Celebration of Life 2:00 p.m. Mesa Ridge Mobile Home Park activity center, 1402 W. Ajo Way.
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Luigi "Gino" Marinelli

53, sadly passed away on August 16, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Stephanie; daughter, Giovanna and sister, Pina (husband, Antonio) and many family members. Also known as Chef G, Gino touched the hearts and souls of everyone he met through food and friendship. His impact on the Tucson community through the Roma Caffe and Flowing Wells High School leaves a lasting legacy and joyous memories. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Rosary 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 25, 2014 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 2727 W. Tangerine Rd. at 4:00 p.m. with burial following at Holy Hope Cemetery. We invite all who knew Gino to join us in celebrating and honoring his life. He was an exceptional man who never met a stranger.
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Ruben A. Perez

53, of Tucson, AZ., passed away on August 18, 2014, Ruben left us to be with his Heavenly Father after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his son, Ruben Jr.; his sisters, Rose Marie and Victoria (Daryl) Miller and brother, Robert. Preceded in death by his parents, Asuncion and Victoriana and his sister, Mary Ellen. Ruben was well respected in the Tucson Air National Guard for 33 years. His passions were hunting, hanging out with friends and golfing. Special thanks to all our family and friends for their support. We're going to miss your warm smile and your caring heart. Until we meet again "babe-I love you"! Visitation will be at MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS, 2580 S. 6th Ave., on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Rosary recited at 8:30 a.m. Mass will be at St. John's Church at 10:00 a.m., with interment following at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements made by MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS.
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Mary Kate Cooney
11/11/1947 - 5/17/2014


We will honor and celebrate Mary Kate's life Sunday, August 24, from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Tucson Racquet Club, 4001 N. Country Club, in the Rillito Room. Please join us! Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
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BROWN, Gerald C., born November 20, 1921, in Ogden, Utah died August 18, 2014, in Vail, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his children, David (Cheryl), Barry (Shirley), Kevin (Susan) and Cathy Estes (Kyle); 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is loved and missed. A Viewing/Visitation will be held in his honor Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., with a Funeral Service following at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10220 E. Rees Loop, Tucson, Arizona, located near Houghton Rd. and Rita Rd. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
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