01/01/1927 • July 18, 2021
Monday July 26
Viewing: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Mission Funeral Home
22297 Mission Blvd
Hayward, Ca 94541
Tuesday July 27
Glad Tidings International C.O.G.I.C.
Lord Make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy...
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning; That we are pardoned; and
It is in dying that we are born To eternal life.
Sunrise: October 31, 1925 • Sunset: June 13, 2021
Thomas Patrick Hardiman Jr.
Born March 4, 1949, passed December 30, 2020.
Tommy grew up in Palo Alto, the second of four children. A premie, he weighed under 4 pounds at birth. He did well in school, had a strong intellect, liked sports and was a pitcher for
Little league, Babe Ruth league and Palo Alto High School. He loved astronomy and had a telescope at home to look at the stars. In his early teen years he enjoyed riding his bike around town
with his many friends, and also had a paper route. As a child he was in Cub Scouts and Little League. As the late 60s developed he embraced the Hippie era and particularly loved it's music and
laid back lifestyle.
Thomas had a challenging adult life due to a chronic illness. He was under the care and oversight of San Mateo County Social Services for many years. We owe a debt of gratitude to the
professionals and staff at San Mateo County for their good care of Tommy. The family stayed involved in his life and care through his adult years. His parents, Thomas Hardiman Sr. and Angelina
Hardiman resided in Palo Alto Ca and stayed in touch and involved with Tommy through the 1970s, 80s and 90s. They both passed away in the mid-late 1990s. Tommy worked at his Uncles' restaurant,
Mazzocco's Italian Dinners, in Redwood City in the 1970s, he later worked for San Mateo County doing assembly work. In later years Tommy better understood his illness and worked hard to manage
it and have a balanced life.
Thomas resided in St. Anthony's care home in Hayward Ca, for over three years due to declining health. He had dementia and congestive heart failure, among other things. He passed from dementia,
as the official cause, he did not have COVID-19. But he was in good spirits most of the time, and he passed peacefully. Family members visited frequently until we were unable due to COVID
restrictions. We then did Facetime visits when we could. Thomas had been in an assisted living facility in San Mateo County until his health declined in 2017 and he needed care provided by a
Skilled Nursing Facility.
Thomas is predeceased by his parents, Thomas Hardiman Sr. and Angelina Mazzocco Hardiman, and Brother in law Samuel M. Boykin. He is survived by his three siblings: Ellen Boykin, of Los Osos,
Ca; Kevin Hardiman, of Los Osos, Ca; and Mary Sullivan (husband Robert) of Santa Rosa, Ca.
June 24th, 1977 • May 24th, 2021
Chilopie Millington was born on June 24, 1977, in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, and she was called home to be with the Lord on May 24, 2021 in San Leandro, California. Chilopie,
lovingly called Chilly by her family, was the daughter of Sandra Millington and Milton Adams of Guyana; mother of Juwan Millington-Cox, Mekhia, Aaliyah, and Allanah Millington-Lynch; sister of
Chief Sekou Toure (Seke) Millington, and Fenkitola (Fenny) Millington.
Chilopie's early childhood in Guyana was spent in a large, loving, and nurturing family environment. In 1982, at the tender age of 5 years old, she immigrated with her mother and siblings to
the USA, settling in New York. She began her formal education at PS 152 in Brooklyn, and then went on to Winthrop Middle School. She attended Wingate High School for two years, and, in 1994,
the family relocated to North Charleston, South Carolina where she graduated from R.B. Stall High School in 1996. Shortly afterward, the family relocated again, this time to Hayward, California
where they have continued to reside.
As part of a large extended family that placed great emphasis on education, Chilopie always knew that she was destined for college. She was also ambitious, and she embarked on a course of
study to further her education. She attended Hayward Adult School where she received the Kaiser Medical Certificate and then received an Associate's Degree in Sociology at Chabot College.
She was employed in various positions while she continued to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Social Work from the California State University East Bay campus where she graduated
And even as she juggled school and work, her first priority was the care and well-being of her children: Juwan, Mekhia and the twins, Aaliyah and Allanah. She showered them with so much love,
encouraged them to be the best that they can be, and she made every effort to bring them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Chilopie was a woman of deep faith who loved the Lord and was
unafraid to demonstrate her Christian faith and values to her children and to everyone else who knew her. Although she was raised in the Moravian Church in her formative years, she became a
member of Faith Fellowship Church in San Leandro where she and her children were active participants in various ministries, such as, praise dancing and singing in the choir. Until her passing,
she maintained lifelong friendships with some of those members. Several years ago, she and her family joined the Glad Tidings International Church of God in Christ, in Hayward. She fully
embraced the warmth and the love she found in the fellowship of the congregation. She made certain that her girls were active in the Children's Ministry; it was important that they learned
the values of a Christian upbringing. And although she was struggling with her illness, she found the time and energy to serve in the Hospitality Ministry, Cover Girl Ministry and the Cancer
Chilopie was as beautiful as she was gracious, friendly, and loving. And although she was soft spoken, she was also assertive when it became necessary. If there was conflict, she was known to
be the peacemaker. There was no question that she was a woman of great style, who also had a mischievous sense of humor. Her capacity to love and be accepting of others without judgement,
resulted in a network of great friendships among her peers, her coworkers, and her church families. In her professional life, she worked in areas where she could exhibit not only her amazing
skills but where she could also apply her deep sense of inclusivity, caring and compassion. It was not a coincidence that Chilopie found her calling in the field of education. She comes from a
family of three generations of distinguished educators. At Chabot College, where she was employed since 2014, she and her co-coordinator of the Umoja program spent countless hours recruiting,
traveling, coordinating, and supporting students. She was a cofounding counsellor who contributed significantly to helping build and maintain the Umoja Program at Chabot. She was totally
dedicated to the Umoja students who nominated her to receive the "Five Star Service Award" in recognition of her consistent above-and-beyond loving support. She was also the recipient
of the esteemed "Chancellor's Award", recognizing her district-wide legacy of positive impacts on the community. And, although she hadn't returned to her native Guyana
since she left in 1982, she was well grounded in Guyanese culture and cuisine and she actively participated in the Guyanese Association of the Bay Area, never missing their annual events.
Her legacy is one that can teach those of us who are left behind, not only how to live peacefully in the face of tremendous challenges, but also how to die with Grace and Dignity. Chilopie
had been battling cancer for several years and there were times when she was in excruciating pain. And, yet, Chilopie exhibited such incredible strength, courage, and resilience, despite the
inevitable. She continued her work at Chabot College, she attended church regularly, and she stayed in close contact with family and friends. In the final stages of her life, many of her close
friends and coworkers visited her at the hospital. When she could no longer speak, Chilopie rallied two days before her passing and began communicating with her immediate family by sharing her
thoughts through writing. She let them know how much she loved each one of them by drawing hearts and adding their names on pieces of paper; and she also made some final requests, a few of which
are evident in today's service. She slipped quietly away with some of her immediate family lovingly surrounding her.
Chilopie can aptly be described by the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful."
Her family gives God praise and thanks for the precious gift that was Chilopie. Her indomitable spirit will live on through her children, her mother, her siblings, and her large extended
family scattered across the globe in places like Guyana, Canada, England, Sweden, the West Indies, and several states in the USA, and those whose lives have been impacted by her generosity,
kindness, and compassion.
Loved ones name:
Left to mourn Chilopie are her mother, Sandra Millington, her siblings: Sekou and Fenny; her children: Juwan, son of Samuel Cox, III, Mekhia, Aaliyah, and Allanah, daughters of Mark Anthony
Lynch; nephews: Tashawn, Leyland, and Zyon; nieces: Xhosha, Zaria and Xendyah; Great Aunts: Olivia McCammon, Vera Boyce Nestor, Great Uncle Leonard Nestor; Aunts: Carol, Jean, Sonja, Margaret,
Alexis, Esther and Uncle John; lots of cousins, including: Aubrey, Gordon, Gavin, Roger, Sean, Ryan, Christopher, Raymond, Tyreke, Ian, Jarron, Ebony, Jamila, Cashel, Tyniesha, Clarissa; and a
host of extended family including: Aaron, Ash, Armstrong, Barker, Blair, Britt, Brown, Campbell, Cozier-Ryan, Dillon, Freso, Grant, Jones-Brown, Jones-Weeks, Jordan, Kellman, Knight, Kobsar,
Lake-Nestor, McCammon, McPherson, McCammon-Chase, Millington, Morgan, Munroe, Nestor, Noel, Ryan, Saul-Joseph, Scarder-Hellfors, Sears, Vickerie, Washington, Freeman, Cox, Lynch, Jordan, Hall,
Jett; her church families, her network of close friends and coworkers. May her soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Keith Gallee Newsome
Keith Gallee Tubby Newsome Jr. was born June 6th 1972. He departed this earth and left us behind April 13, 2021 to join the Justice League of Tubby ancestors who moved on to a better
side of life; a life where there is no mental, emotional, or physical pain...Amen.
Keith's life was one of true adventure and excitement mixed with the bittersweet realities of real love and painful loss, coupled with the unintended consequences of bad decisions...Amen.
As a self-appointed Dare Devil, and honorary member of the DC Comics Justice League, Keith drove his parents crazy by jumping off tall buildings in a single bound, boldly exploring places
sane kids would never go, speed racing down dangerous hills on a ten speed without a helmet and fighting with any and everybody just to test out various moves he learned from watching kung fu movies.
The Most High blessed him with six children Rachel , Allec, Keira, Maximus, Cyrus and Atlantis. He loved all of his children in his very own Keith way. He was blessed to be loved and raised by three
parents including his mother Gwendolyn Denise Tubby Newsome Mayon, his father Bobby Lee Mayon Senior who preceded him in death may (God bless his soul) and Keith Newsome Sr..
Keith was also loved and raised by his grandfathers George Lee Tubby and Robert Lee Hood, great grandfather Anthony Washington Woods all whom preceded him in death may (God bless their souls)
and a host of surrogate mother's including his beautiful grandmother Pearlie Woods Tubby, Great grandmother Lilly Lloyd Woods, both who preceded him in death, May (God bless their souls)
Auntie Janice Faye Tubby Lee, Aunty Patricia Enoch Tubby Maggie, Aunty Shelia Kaye Tubby, Aunty Jolanda Tubby Smith, and Aunty Grecia Collette Dinwiddie Ward who also preceded him in death (may God continue to bless her soul).
Like many of us he had his fair share of struggles, but this does not negate the fact that he loved us honestly and sincerely. Nevertheless he was our family; our son, father, brother, nephew,
uncle and cousin a.k.a. the proverbial thorn in our side. Keith will forever be loved and really missed dearly by all; especially those who knew him best.
He leaves behind in mourning his mother Gwendolyn Faye, and little brother MFlame Damu, unborn sister Atlanta Tubby Newsome, Brothers Gary and Bobby Lee Mayon jr. Sisters Felicia Ann Mayon,
and Trina Bop Mayon, nieces Beonka, De'Ahevon, Heaven and Destiny, and Baby Heaven, nephew Hollis MFlame Mayon, as well as his Uncle Wayne Lee Tubby, Uncle Gregory Tubby, Uncle Otis Lee II,
Cousin Darrell Dinwiddie, his cousin and friend Jarome Kerry Enoch, Cousin Avery Enoch, Cousin Anthony Ward, Cousin Otis Maceo Lee III, and Keith's lovely children, Cousin Tileah Pitts,
and Cousin Jarea Williams, Aunty Thelma Pennington, Aunty Betty Joe, Uncle Dan Murray, Aunty Jackie and Tonie Teasley, Cousin Sharita and Mark and the entire Tubby, Lee and Teasley families
and a host of family members whose names are not mentioned but never forgotten as their names are forever etched in our minds as you know who you are.
Keith if you can hear us, thank you for being a part of our lives. You are gone but never forgotten. Your memory will live on with us forever.
We Love You... 💗💗💗
Linda Lea Royce
Sunrise: January 18th, 1959 • Sunset: February 4th, 2021
Linda was born on January 18, 1959, in Hayward, California to William and Leonor Royce. She received her Business Administration degree from California State University, Hayward.
On February 25, 1988, she gave birth to her only son, Alexander Royce, whom she dedicated all of her love and devotion.
Linda started her career with the airline industry, including World Airways, AirCal, and American Airlines. In 1999, she joined Chaves & Associates and provided invaluable services to
the engineering industry for 22 years. Linda had a notable passion for nature and beauty. She loved gardening, beautiful art, and anything that sparkled. She especially loved sharing
her wild dreams and animal sightings.
Linda was known for her infectious smile, loud laugh, exaggerated expressions, her caring and compassionate spirit and dedication, her undeniable beauty, and her excitement to share
moments and memories with her friends and loved ones. Linda is survived by her mother Leonor Royce, and her son Alexander Royce.
OPAL R. "RAE" ERKS
OPAL R. "RAE" ERKS, 89, of Hayward, California, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, was called home to her Lord and Savior on August 20, 2020.
She was born in 1930 to Opal (Moss) and Clarence Ray Sillaway. Rae was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Leslie G. Erks. She is survived by her sister, Margie Johnson,
daughter Pam (Walker) and her husband, Jerry; son Rod; grandchildren, Brandon and his wife, Meghan, Ryan, Danny, Amber, Ashley and Amanda; and 6 great-grandchildren, Jayden,
Sienna, Jacob, Mylie, Grant and Luke.
Rae was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Salinas, California. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rae was an avid gardener and took great pride
in her many species of roses. She was also a voracious reader and was rarely seen without a book in her hand. Rae will be missed, but certainly never forgotten. Her legacy lives on in her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at Mission Funeral Home, 22297 Mission Blvd., Hayward between 12-5pm. Burial will be held at a future date at Rose Hill Cemetery,
Wentworth, South Dakota.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Opal R. Erks to the Daughters of the American Revolution ("DAR").
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my own garden forever."
Michael Duggan, 64, of Newark, passed away May 7 in Hayward after a lengthy illness.
Michael filled his life with family, friends, music and sports among many interests. His greatest joys were playing guitar and singing with his beloved
son Alek and friends and playing softball, most recently in several senior softball leagues. Other interests included riding his motorcycle and working in
his organic garden. During his life he became a certified SCUBA diver, took sailing lessons, jumped from an airplane, could play guitar and bass, read
music, sing, ski, skate, sail, hit a home run, play chess, throw a ringer, fix anything, juggle and was rarely beaten in ping pong or darts.
He was born in San Jose and lived most of his life in the Bay Area. In his late teens he traveled the country hopping freight trains with his faithful dog,
finding work as he went. In 1975 he moved to Santa Cruz working to become a licensed general contractor and painting contractor. It was there he met his
wife and companion of more than 44 years, Pat Purdy, and became step-father to her daughter Lyssa. In 1977 they moved to Modesto and in 1980
became proud parents of their son Alek.
Michael was generous of spirit, kind, talented, funny and loved to learn about everything. He coached Little League for many years for both Alek and Lyssa
and enjoyed travel in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Italy.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Purdy, step-daughter Lyssa Schmitt, son Alek Duggan, grandchildren Eric Schmitt, Jessica Kennedy, and Liam
Duggan, brothers Jed Duggan and Paul Duggan, sisters Mary Anne Halbeisen and Nancy King and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family is planning a celebration of life in the summer.
Denise Rae Woodfill
Sunrise: June 16, 1952 • Sunset: July 13, 2019
Our beautiful Denise Woodfill (Denisa Rae Montoya) joined our Lord on July 13, 2019, in Hayward, California, her home
for the past 50 years.
Denise was born on June 16th, 1952, in Santa Fe, NM to Ernesto and Ramoncita Montoya. She was preceded in death by her
loving parents, brothers, Louie and Joe Ernie Montoya and nephew John Michael Gonzales.
She is survived by her beloved son, Todd Pickering, her grandsons (her brightest stars) T.J. (Jessica) and Noah Pickering.
Great grandchildren, Micah and Ophelia Pickering. Sisters, Nancy Gilorteanu (Ion), Linda Montoya-Miller(Chris), and sister-in-law
Lucille Montoya, along with several nephews, nieces, cousins, and special friends.
Denise retired from a rewarding career in counseling in northern California.
A Christian Service will be held at Mission Funeral home in Hayward, California on Friday August 2nd, 2019. In lieu of
flowers, donation can be made to the Carmelite Monastery which was very close to her heart.
Maria "Tona" Martinez
September 10, 1929 • September 21, 2017
Maria "Tona" Martinez passed away September 21, 2017 surrounded by family. She leaves behind 2 sisters in El Salvador,
7 children, 40 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.
She will be missed and never forgotten by family and friends.
William "Bill" Lezchuk
April 1, 1940 • April 15, 2017
Resident of Fremont
William passed away on April 15, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Ill. to William and Anne Lezchuk. He lived in California most of his life.
He was the loving husband of Margaret Lezchuk. Preceding him in death were his sons David and Michael as well as a sister Doris Fagundes.
He is survived by his sons James (Ling), also Dan (Ed), Jeff (Denise), and Greg Koning, as well as daughter Melanie Weber (Dan). Also surviving Bill
is his brother Dennis (Kathleen). He leaves behind grandchildren Bryndon, Jeremy, Zachary and Madison Lezchuk. Also, Nicole and Mikayla Koning, Kelly, Joel, Natalie and Hannah Weber.
William was a long time educator in Loma Prieta and San Jose. He officiated sports in the Tri-city area. He as a long time member of Centerville
Presbyterian Church. Some of his greatest enjoyments were singing in the Centerian Choir, watching his favorite sports and having a good meal and
conversation with family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue, Fremont CA 94536 on Saturday, April 29th at 11 am. Reception to follow.
Donations in Bill's memory may be made to Centerville Presbyterian Church and will be designated to the Centerian Choir.