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Howard "Red" Mayers

In Loving Memory of My Wonderful Dad
West Coast Swing

Howard “Red” Mayers passed away November 28, 2016 at the age of 95. He was born July 25, 1921 in Dayton, Ohio to Elsie & Leon Mayers, graduated from Monroe HS and worked as a machine operator before being drafted into the Army in 1942. Red was stationed in California until his discharge in 1947 where he settled in San Francisco and worked as a mechanic. Red raced motorcycles many years for Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson, SF and was also a member of the Bay City Motorcycle Club, where he met his future wife, Gloria; they were married in 1953. Red and Gloria also loved social dancing and attended many dances during their almost 50 years together before her passing in 1999. In the 1960’s Red became a charter bus driver for Eastshore Lines until his retirement in 1985.

Red loved tinkering on any mechanical device: cars, engines of any kind, and electronics. He also loved music, dancing, playing the organ, watching sports and, of course, “going out to eat”.

Red is survived by his daughters, Marilyn (Laidlaw) & Michelle (Kinkaid); grandchildren, Scott (Laidlaw) & Jennifer (Laidlaw Baca) and great grandchildren, Haley, Joey, Callie, Noah (Baca) and Lucas (Laidlaw) and many, loving extended family and friends. Red was loved by many people and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Thank you for the many condolences received

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My heart is broken and so very sad. The end of an era is here for me as my Dad ("Red" Mayers) passed away Monday night at 11:23pm (11/28/16). I can't believe he is gone and can't imagine life without him. I have lived at home with him or next door to him my entire life. He has always been there. He has shaped who I am in so many ways and shared many interests with me including his love of music and dancing. He is now free and in no more pain which is a blessing for him. A friend sent me a Dr. Seuss quote "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened". I am forever grateful that he "happened" and that he was my Dad. He was an amazing man and touched many lives here on Earth in his 95 years. You are now free Dad and back with Mom, Auntie Gert, Uncle Joe, Bob and so many other family members and friends that have passed before you. Safe journey as you move on to heaven and your next chapter ... Ride on "Fearless Red"! Thank you for all you have given me in life.
You are in my heart forever and I will miss you always!

Having a bit of a sad day as my Dad's (Howard "Red" Mayers) Obituary was finally published today (1/22/17) in the San Francisco Chronicle and online. It makes it that much more final when I actually read it in print. Even though he passed away almost 2 months ago (11/28/16), I am still missing him every day. He was an amazing man making a lasting impression on anyone he met and touching many lives during his 95 years. He was always there for me ... literally, at home growing up or right next door as an adult. Our family was fortunate to have such a unique opportunity to remain so close for all this time. I am forever grateful for my Dad's love, all that he taught me, all that he shared with me and most of all that he was my Dad ... he was the best Dad! I miss him so very much and suspect that he must surely be involved in a few sneaky pranks, some motorcycle races, car racing and dancing to all the enjoyable music up in heaven! Dad's Celebration of Life Memorial is Sunday 2/5/17, 11am, at the Monte Cristo Club, 136 Missouri St., San Francisco and everyone is welcome to attend.

Ride on "Fearless Red"!

A favorite saying ... Wow, What a Ride!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the
intention of arriving safely in a pretty and
well-preserved body, but rather to skid in
broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming
"Wow, What a Ride!"
-author unknown but sometimes attributed
to motorcycle racer Bill McKenna

Howard "Red" Mayers

You are a part of us and in our hearts always and forever!

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts
And we are never, ever the same.
-author Flavia

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"Celebration of Life" gathering for Red
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 11am
Location: Monte Cristo Club, 136 Missouri St., SF, CA 94158

Come and join in a "Celebration of Life" for Red -- a gathering of family
and friends to share a favorite story and/or photo honoring his memory.
If you would like, you may bring a written favorite story/memory or photo to
be placed in the "Memory Box" that will become a keepsake for the family.

Please RSVP to Michelle

Celebration of Life Program Click Here

SF Chronicle Obituary (Sunday 1/22/17)

Song/Video: Daddy, You Can Let Go Now
Artist: Crystal Shawanda

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