Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - August 13, 2010

Obituaries

Jacqueline Ray Ritchie

Jacqueline Ray Ritchie died Aug. 7 in Pleasanton at the age of 45.

She was born June 8, 1965, in Wells, England. She was a member of Scotland's National Table Tennis Team in 1981-82, and she majored in interior design at Napier University in Edinburgh. She lived in Pleasanton for 15 years and was a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Oakland, and was a keen swimmer, skier and tennis player. She loved life and loved parties.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years Colin Ritchie and sons Cameron Grant Ritchie and Stuart Ray Ritchie of Pleasanton; parents Ray and Isabel Hammond of Falkirk, Scotland; and sister Kirstie Dawson of Strathnaver, Scotland. A celebration of her life was held Aug. 12 at Graham Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. The family will be taking her ashes back to Scotland for scattering. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice in Dublin or to the Cameron and Stuart Ritchie College Fund, c/o Nancy Wigley, 3565 Whitehall Court, Pleasanton 94566.

Estero (Ed) Buccella

Estero (Ed) Buccella died July 16 in Central Point, Ore., at the age of 90 after dividing his time the last few years between there and Pleasanton.

He was born May 25, 1920, in Somerville, Mass, and grew up in the North End of Boston. His mother died when he was very young, and he and his brother and their father struggled to survive during the Depression. He met and married Kitty, and they both served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Buccella was called "Stado" by his friends as a young man. More recently, everyone knew him as "Ed," "Eddie" or "Fast Eddie." He worked for more than 30 years for Daniels Printing Co. in Boston and Everett, Mass., where he operated printing and bindery machinery.

In 2004, he moved to the West Coast to live with his daughters and their husbands in Pleasanton and in Central Point. He traveled with his family to Maui, Arizona, Southern California, on camping trips and to Las Vegas, where they celebrated his 90th birthday. He loved horse racing and poker, and played poker with his friends at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Whenever any of the players won the first hand, he would say, "It's not how you say hello, it's how you say goodbye."

He was preceded in death by his wife Kitty and brother Bob. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws Cynthia and Bob Flaherty of Pleasanton, and Sylvia and Bill Horton of Central Point, Ore.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held in Boston in late September.

John Louis Emmons

Pleasanton resident John Louis Emmons, CEO of Peregrine Falcon Corp., which he co-founded, died of cancer in Pleasanton on July 20 at the age of 52.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1957, in Van Nuys, the only son of John Burton Emmons and Emily Charlotte French Emmons. He graduated from Purdue University in 1980 with a degree in biology and became a science teacher and coach at St. Stephen's School in Bradenton, Fla.

In 1985, he moved to Fremont and worked as a sales representative for A.H. Robbins and Searle Pharmaceuticals. He earned an MBA from St. Mary's College in 1992. He was married in 1987 to Victoria Stober, a health care executive.

In 1994, Mr. Emmons and his partner, Rob Hardesty, formed the Pleasanton-based Peregrine Falcon Corp., an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in lightweight components for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Emmons, known to his friends as Jack, was an avid chef and golfer, known for his acerbic wit, support of young people, love of travel and sport, and generosity. He was often seen downtown on weekends walking his dogs, eating at Main Street restaurants, or handing out bottles of champagne to Tully's employees who worked Christmas Day. He was past president of the Rotary Cub of Warm Springs in Fremont and a member of Castlewood Country Club.

He is survived by his wife Victoria Emmons of Pleasanton; stepdaughter Katharine Stober and son-in-law Robert Tuck of New York; sisters Leslie Bennett of Houston, Texas, Judy Hanson of Buffalo, N.Y., and Susan Johnson of Knapp, Wis.; pets, family, friends and colleagues. Funeral services were held at St. Clare's Episcopal Church on July 28. Donations may be made in his name to the Rotary Club of Warm Springs Foundation, P.O. Box 14665, Fremont 94539.

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