Richard Bruce Bar­ton

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Af­ter a long ill­ness, Richard died on Septem­ber 7 at the VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He is pre­ceded in death by his sis­ter Sherry Bar­ton, brother Ge­orge Bar­ton, nephew Car­los LeFranc, grand­son Wy­att Bre­dell, and par­ents Buzz Bar­ton and Au­drey Bar­ton Lee.

Richard served in the US Army. He grad­u­ated from San Fran­cisco State and ob­tained a Teach­ing Cre­den­tial. He taught mid­dle school in Mon­terey County, as well as cal­cu­lus and com­puter science in Marin County. He also worked for the US Postal Ser­vice and was a Union Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Mar­itime Union.

Richard was a force of na­ture with wide rang­ing in­ter­ests. He played gui­tar and do­bro and was a big fan of the Grate­ful Dead and Poco. He trav­eled the world with his for­mer wife, Vicki Richards. Richard had an out­ra­geous sense of hu­mor, a sharp wit and high intellect, and read eclec­ti­cally and vo­ra­ciously.

Richard leaves be­hind long-time com­pan­ion Beverly Buchanan, son Bryan Bre­dell (Jen), grand­sons Tay­lor Bre­dell (Chris) and Stuart Bre­dell (Gina), great­grand­chil­dren Kar­lye and Cameron, sis­ters Sandra Bar­ton and Mary Rulli (Dan), var­i­ous nieces and neph­ews, and many friends in­clud­ing child­hood friend Mike Yuhas and very help­ful friend Louise Crotwell.

We wish to thank Hospice by the Bay for his care, es­pe­cially Rus­sel Forster and Maud En­gle, and all of the won­der­ful peo­ple at the VA.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Richard’s life will be in the fu­ture.

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