Monday, March 28, 2011

George Fortado's Obituary

George Allan Fortado Resident of Lakeport On September 25, 1935 George entered into this world, and on March 20, 2011, due to congestive heart failure complicated with pneumonia, this beautiful man peacefully left us. Born in Concord, CA, George was the only son of Eudora Lucille Finks of Maxwell, CA and George Anthony Fortado of Concord, CA. His amazingly colorful life contributed to his pleasant and affable demeanor, endearing him to friends, family and acquaintances galore. His loving family who mourn his passing include his adoring wife, Kathleen, his three sons with former wife Gloria Zilke Doherty, George Alan Fortado Doherty of Clearlake, Christopher Scott Fortado Doherty (deceased), and Randy (Pat) Fortado Doherty of Provo, UT, son with deceased wife, Cherron Randall Fortado; George Anthony Fortado of Kelseyville, and daughter of Cherron; Shelly Roderick of Sacramento, CA, and son and daughter of Kathleen, Melanie (John) Casey of Kilkee, Ireland and Stephen (Marybeth) Daly of Washingtonville, NY. Grandsons, Dylan Von Lahr of Santa Rosa and Michael Doherty of Provo, UT. Extended grandchildren, John and Joseph Feeney of CA, McKenna and Kimber Moreland of CP, Christopher, Allyson and Bryan Daly of NY, and Dylan Casey of Ireland. Brothers, Gene (deceased) and Jim Fowler of Umpqua, WA, sisters-in-law, Diana and Pat Fowler and many Fortado and Finks cousins throughout California. George's memorable adventures, exploits and achievements, accomplished on his own during his lifetime will be remembered by his loved ones and friends at a Celebration of his Life Memorial to be held at 1:00pm, Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Lakeport Elks Lodge 2704 at 3775 Lakeshore Blvd., Lakeport. All family and friends alike are invited to partake in a tribute to this understated kind and loving, one-of-a-kind self made man who left us all too soon. Besides being Contra Costa All Star from Accalanes High School, George was the first Motorcycle Police Officer in Walnut Creek. He was in the Naval Reserve, a member of the Native Sons of California, the Lakeport Yacht Club, the No Name Car Club and the Lakeport Elks Lodge #2704. He will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary (707)263-0357 / (707)994-5611 Published in Contra Costa Times on March 27, 2011