William Hugh Dyer Jr., a 50-year resident of Alamo, died peacefully at his home with his two sons Dec. 7 at the age of 89 after a long illness.
He was born March 16, 1919, in Newport, Ark., and moved with his mother and stepfather to Southern California in 1933 at the age of 15. He worked at Swenson Markets for three years while attending Wilson High School in Long Beach and then started a job at the brand new Dollar Market store. He attended Long Beach State College, then UCLA to take pre-law courses. In February 1941, he completed training at the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis and became a commissioned Ensign.
By mid-June, he was serving on the USS Gregory and he met Annette Glover who was working for a top navel officer at the same base. The two planned to marry in December 1941, but after the attack at Pearl Harbor, he was soon shipped out, carrying food, supplies and fuel between Noumea to Guadalcanal and Tulagi. The USS Gregory was shelled numerous times and sank, leaving the crew in life boats or life jackets floating in freezing water. He was awarded the Purple Heart by the U.S. Navy for wounds he sustained, and concluded his service with the Navy with a rank of Lt. Commander.
After the war, he was rehired at Dollar Market Stores and became vice president and general manager. Foremost Dairies acquired GSD in 1956, and later merged its Lucky Food Stores, and he was elected vice president and a director of Lucky Stores Inc. In 1957, he moved his family to Alamo to be near the San Leandro headquarters of Lucky. He continued to be promoted and eventually earned the title of chairman and CEO in 1971 which he held until retiring from those duties in 1974; he remained as a director until 1987.
He and his wife traveled to Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Pacific Rim, South America and Europe after he retired; they also visited all 50 states. He was a Mason and local philanthropist.
He was preceded in death by his dear wife Margaret "Annette" Dyer. He is survived by his two sons, William H. Dyer III, (Sylvia) and John D. "Jack" Dyer, (Nancy); six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Homes of California in Union City or the John Muir Health Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek 94597. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo.
Bruno M. Polce
Danville resident Bruno M. Polce, known to his family as "Nonno," died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Nov. 27, at the age of 85.
Bruno was born in Pratola Peligina, Italy, on Jan. 2, 1922, and immigrated to Canada at the age of 29. At Niagra Falls, Ontario, he attended night school and met his wife Eva while singing, which was his favorite hobby. Bruno sang in many talent shows, some with Eva, church functions and family gatherings, also playing the guitar and piano.
Bruno and Eva married in 1954 and made their way to California with their firstborn by car and trailer. They settled in San Leandro and raised three children. Bruno had many careers but will mostly be remembered for his rich and vibrant voice and love of his family and his Italian heritage.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eva L. Polce; his son Peter Polce, daughter Debi Amaral and her husband David, and daughter Carina De Herrera and husband Rick; and six grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to his Celebration of Life from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2008 at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to your favorite charity. RSVP To Carina at 736-1032.
Lester Allen Proctor
Lester Allen Proctor, a 45-year resident of Danville, passed away Dec. 11 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center at the age of 87 after battling a variety of health issues.
He was born to Roy and Grace Proctor on July 24, 1920, the youngest of three brothers, in Turlock. He grew up in Santa Cruz, later moving to Southern California where he took aeronautical engineering classes at the local junior colleges, prior to entering the Air Force in 1941. He flew 35 combat missions on the B29 aircraft from his assigned base in Tinian to the Japanese mainland. After World War II, he entered the printing industry, designing business forms for corporate businesses.
He is survived by his beloved wife June; two sons, Randy and Greg; daughters-in-law, Lori and Terri; and five grandchildren. A Celebration of Life took place Dec. 16. Donations may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness Inc., P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203-7279.