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Column - September 5, 2008

Diablo Views: Goodbye to a man of Alamo

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

A few months ago - April 18 to be exact - we ran a story on Roy Bloss, a man who has been an Alamo activist in the five decades he made it his home. He was proudest of his work to keep Danville Boulevard two lanes when the county wanted to make it four - whew! thank heaven for Roy and the others who fought this ill-conceived idea.

Now Bloss, 90, is moving to Redondo Beach to be near his daughter, (Roberta) Lenore Bloss, his granddaughter Angie Hall, her husband Michael and his great-grandchildren, Megan and Alexa. There was a gathering of his friends at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley late Monday afternoon to say goodbye. Of course he had modestly said he didn't want a party but Museum Curator Beverly Lane went ahead and planned the gathering anyway and she asked Lenore to get him there. She knew his old friends would be upset if they didn't have a chance to say goodbye. Then Beverly quickly got out word to those in historical circles. She said she'd just learned recently how active he had been with the Contra Costa County Historical Society, in addition to writing history books and co-founding the San Ramon Valley History Society in 1970.

A few dozen folks milled around the museum, talking to Roy and to each other, and some looking at the current exhibit, a display of politics in the San Ramon Valley. This made the perfect backdrop to say goodbye to Roy. When he was co-chairman of the 1973 Alamo cityhood campaign, he was, as he has put it, "one of five elected city councilmen to the city that wasn't elected." An aging sign on the food table read, "Elect Bloss City Council."

Lenore said his energy puts her to shame, but still she has been worried about his living alone since her mother, Roberta Madie, died three years ago. She said he recently gave up driving and agreed it is time for this new phase of his life. She said Redondo Beach has a lot of activities for seniors and he will live in his own apartment in an assisted living complex.

"Redondo Beach is a good town to retire in," she told me, adding, "and now he can see his great-grandkids' soccer games."

Roy has already had a private tour of its museum, she said. Also he was raised in Southern California.

Lenore and Roy have been getting his Alamo home ready to sell and she was enthusiastic about the estate sale services offered by Hospice of the East Bay, which then benefits its good works. She said her dad has a shed in the back yard where he had accumulated things for decades, which she approached with trepidation. "I thought it would be daunting," she said. But she was pleased to see that he'd been sorting through his memorabilia for the past few years, and she found he'd given a lot of it to the museum. "He wanted to make sure the stuff would be in good hands," she said.

Roy came into the Danville Weekly office last fall to personally hand me a guest opinion he'd written about Alamo incorporation. When I read what he had to say, I could see that here was a man who'd been around the incorporation block a few times in Alamo. We printed his guest opinion Oct. 5. I trust he'll watch this latest incorporation movement closely from his new home. After all, he'll always be a "man of Alamo," where he lived for 53 years and contributed so much.

-Dolores Fox Ciardelli can be e-mailed at editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2008 at 7:38 am

Thank you, Dolores, for your tribute to Roy Bloss and might I suggest you repost his guest opinion on the Forum in tribute to his many years of rational consideration of our region's voice in government.

A special thanks by Diablo Vista (Alamo) region neighbors goes to Ms. Beverly Lane, once again, for all she does, but especially her "bon voyage" to Roy. Many, many Alamode'ans have moved away and still participate in various e-exchanges, and I would hope that Ms. Lane would be Roy's continuing exchange with our region.



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Posted by Roberta Lenore Bloss
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 5, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Delores, thank you for such a nice article on my father, Roy Bloss. The good-bye event at the Museum of San Ramon Valley was very touching and I was so pleased to meet the many wonderful people in the valley who appreciate the importance of preserving history. I also learned a lot more from them about how my father contributed to this effort throughout his 53 years in Alamo. Many thanks to Beverly Lane and all the wonderful people at the museum and the historical societies for this meaningful tribute to my dad.
Roberta Lenore Bloss