Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - March 28, 2014

Obituaries

Bertram Harper

Bertram Sibley Harper, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died on March 8 after a long battle with cancer at the Veteran Affairs Hospice unit in Palo Alto. He was 94.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1919, in Morgan Hill, Calif. He graduated from Sequoia Union High School in Redwood City. Before WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for four-and-a-half years, receiving an honorable discharge. In September 1942 he married his wife Lorraine. He bought a house in Palo Alto with Lorraine in 1960, but the family lived throughout the area in Menlo Park, Mountain View and Newark, Calif.

After returning to the area, he found employment as a psychiatric aide at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Menlo Park and later became a physical therapist assistant at the VA in Palo Alto. In his retirement, he also volunteered with the Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park.

He is pre-deceased by his daughter Sandra Harper Leep and his granddaughter Cammie Gaylord. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Harper of Palo Alto and his daughters Pamela Ignatieff of Palo Alto and Valarie Harper-Ungui of Elk Grove, Calif. He is also survived by five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

No service is scheduled, as requested. Memorial donations can be made to the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, P.O. Box 1560, Ojai, CA 93024.

Sheila Shadwell

Sheila Shadwell, a longtime resident and business owner in Palo Alto, died on March 21. She was 90.

She was born in London, England, and emigrated to the United States in 1958. Except for a stint abroad in Bangkok, Thailand, she lived in Palo Alto beginning in 1962. In 1969, she opened the London House English Tearoom restaurant on Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto and ran it successfully for 24 years.

After, she launched the London Aunts Travel Consultancy, which specialized in personalized itineraries to the United Kingdom. She enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and the culinary arts.

She is survived by her two sisters in London; and three children and three grandchildren who all reside in the Bay Area.

A private service will be held March 28. Memorial donations can be made to City of Palo Alto Animal Services, 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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