Born in 1925 in Skotschau, Poland, to Alois and Olga Weiser, he met the love of his life, Edith, in Salzburg, Austria, in 1950. They married in 1952 and emigrated to San Francisco in 1956, where they formed many close friendships.
In 1968 the family moved to Palo Alto. He established Bruno Weiser Dental Laboratory in Menlo Park, from which he retired in the 1990s. Although he had lost one leg below the knee as a motorcycle messenger in World War II, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends in the mountain cabin he built in Cold Springs, California, where the activities included fishing, swimming in the lake, and water-skiing and snow-skiing. He was also a regular at the Rinconada Pool, swimming morning laps there for many years.
He loved to dance with Edith, and together they went to many events in San Francisco and Palo Alto where they could waltz together. He enjoyed traveling, including retirement travels with Edith in a camping van, seeing most of the United States and several cruises and tours of Europe as well as Mexico, China and other countries. The couple made new friends wherever they went.
He was known by family and friends as a hard worker and a kind and optimistic man who always had an interesting story to tell, a song to play on the harmonica or a beer to share. His family says he will be long remembered for his strength of character, wonderful laugh and generosity.
He is survived by his wife, Edith, of Palo Alto; daughter, Lorna Naugle of Tracy; son, Reinhard Weiser of San Mateo; four grandchildren; two great granddaughters; and his sister-in-law, Elly Weiser, of North Vancouver, Canada.
The family especially wants to thank Pathways Home Health & Hospice of Sunnyvale and Complete Senior Living of San Mateo for their care and support. A celebration of Weiser's life will be held in June. Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimers Organization, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601 or Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, 94085.
George Comstock, who managed to fit several lifetimes of achievements into his 95 years, died on March 11 at his home in Portola Valley.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.
A pioneer in the computer industry, Comstock served as mayor of Portola Valley during his one term on the Town Council and held a seat on the Architectural and Site Control Commission for eight years.
Anne Hillman, his wife of 38 years, said Comstock "was always seeking new experiences, new adventures, new places, new learning. I got to discover so many new things with him."
Comstock was a "pilot, inventor with 40 issued patents, entrepreneur, friend and ardent steward of the land" who also was a skilled woodworker and loved sailing, motorcycle riding and outdoor activities including camping, canoeing and cross-country skiing, she said. He also loved sharing those activities with friends and family and teaching and mentoring others.
An avid reader, Comstock read aloud to Hillman every night for 40 years from books including biographies, the classics and authors from William Shakespeare to Wallace Stegner. In recent years, Comstock began a poetry group at Rosener House Adult Day Services in Menlo Park, giving participants and himself a way to voice their feelings about their disabilities.
Hillman said her husband "never stopped inquiring into philosophies of all kinds in a lifelong search for meaning and greater understanding." He attended a designer biology class at Stanford University until his last month of life.
Born on Jan. 9, 1924, in Canandaigua, New York, to Florence Rossling and George E. Comstock, George was 9 years old when a friend taught him to design, build and fly model airplanes. He co-published a neighborhood newspaper at 13.
After receiving bachelor's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering in 1945 and 1948 from the Worchester Polytechnic Institute and working for several companies on projects that failed to spark his imagination, Comstock jumped at the chance to move into the nascent computer industry in the mid-1950s. He joined the young Potter Instrument Company as a vice president of research and engineering, working on a random-access memory system made from strips of tape on a steel frame, and on the tape drives used in the massive early computers.
In 1969 Comstock co-founded and served as president of Diablo Systems, which made interchangeable cartridge disk drives and daisy-wheel printers. Diablo was purchased by Xerox Corp. three years later for $30 million.
In 1977 Comstock founded computer company Durango Systems. From 1986 to 1992, he worked for startup Network General Corp, which made diagnostic tools for local area networks.
Hillman and Comstock met when she was a management consultant for Durango Systems and knew on their first date they were meant for each other. Two years after meeting, they married. Hillman and Comstock moved to Ladera in 1980 and Portola Valley in 1990.
Among the passions Hillman and Comstock shared was an advocacy for the environment, particularly sustainable building. He joined the board of the Land Institute and was tireless in encouraging Portola Valley to adopt regulations promoting sustainability, and he championed adding more affordable housing in the town.
A perpetual teacher, he started the popular annual "Flight Night" in Portola Valley, a nighttime aerial display of model planes that drew hundreds, offering hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math, and flight-related exhibitions.
Comstock is survived by wife Anne Hillman (also known by her professional name of Patricia H. Gill); his sister, Mel Goertz (Herb) of Vermont; children, Charles (Betty) Comstock of Oregon, Leslie Comstock of Washington, Robert (Barbara) Comstock of Pleasanton, Kathryn Gill of Topanga, California, and Jeff Gill (Nancy Chung), of Brea, California; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Peddle Comstock, a photographer, painter and musician.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Rosener House in Menlo Park, The Land Institute, the Computer History Museum, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), or any charity of choice.
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