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Community Pulse - August 12, 2011


Brian Martin

Brian Martin, 47, of Pleasanton died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning. He is survived by his wife Kathleen and daughter Tricia. Services are being held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton.

Carol Langley Bedell

Carol Langley Bedell died July 18 at her home in Pleasanton after a 16-month battle with ovarian cancer. She was 67.

She grew up in an Air Force family that moved frequently. She was a teacher in Delaware, New Jersey, Missouri and Texas before moving to Pleasanton for her husband to join Clorox in 1975. In Pleasanton, she spent five years running the Old School House, a shop owned by kindergarten teacher and friend Betty Fuller, then worked as the office manager of a law firm for 14 years before retiring in 1998. She also joined Pleasanton Presbyterian, now Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, where she did Bible study and organized and helped run the annual women's retreat for 10 years. She was elected both an elder and a deacon at Centerpointe, serving two stints on the elder board, and was also a member of the church nominating committee. She travelled far and wide to see Christian music legend Bill Gaither and other artists, including six Gaither cruises.

Ms. Bedell is survived by her husband of 44 years, Terry; daughters Sharon Kuhfal (Mike) of Pleasanton, and Jen Shackelford of Pleasanton; her parents, Edwin and Virginia Langley of Woodlands, Texas; brothers John Langley of Plano, Texas, Bill Langley and Rick Langley, both of Woodlands, and Bob Langley of Glastonbury, Conn.; grandchildren Daniel and Allie Kuhfal, and Zack and Sarah Shackelford, all of Pleasanton; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends including her soul mate Donna Mattie. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made to the Carol Bedell Joy Fund at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Ct., Pleasanton 94566.

Larry Wainscott

Larry Wainscott, 63, died July 22 at his home in Pleasanton with his family by his side, after a 13-year battle with cancer.

He grew up in Healdsburg and earned his degree at Sacramento State University. He worked at Hewlett-Packard for 27 years as a major account manager for two of HP's top 10 customers then, after retirement, began a second career with Synnex Corp., creating its Leadership Development and Mentorship programs. He also founded a successful performance improvement consulting company where he continued his legacy of developing, coaching and mentoring business leaders.

Mr. Wainscott is remembered for his charisma and sense of humor, as well as his passion for food, wine, golf and especially music. His love of music started at the age of 5 when he began studying piano. In the mid-'60s, he and friends formed the Persuaders, a band that played throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As an adult, he continued his musical pursuits with a number of Bay Area bands before landing most recently with The BSides.

Mr. Wainscott is survived by his wife Vicky; daughters Karrie and Aundrea; sons Chase and Ross; and granddaughter Zoe. A private service will be held. Donations may be made to the UCSF Hellen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center: