Chairs Honor Those We’ve Lost

Last week FHA President Michael Labate installed two Adirondack chairs on the viewing platform in the new Waldo Point Park. The chairs bear brass plaques memorializing two neighbors who passed away last year: Waldo Point employee Dimitrio Aparicio and Issaquah Dock’s Barbara Duncan. Earlier, a chair honoring Pam Bousquet was...

A Dock Comings and Goings

Former 25-year San Franciscan Mira Pickett crossed the Bridge to explore life on this side a year ago. Originally renting on Yellow Ferry Harbor, Mira knew that that would be a temporary move as the owner occupied his home for a good chunk of each year. A furnished rental became...

Mike Brinkman: A Life of Service and Integrity

This bayside lifestyle we love so much is made possible in part by the unselfish work of serious professionals. The floating home community lost one of those visionary guardians this autumn: Mill Valley lawyer and realtor Mike Brinkman died on September 17, 2021, only a month after a diagnosis of...

Morley Singer Dies at 84

Dr. Morley Singer, who bought the floating home at the end of Issaquah Dock in July, 2018, passed away in February. Morley is survived by his sister, Gail Singer of Toronto, who now occupies the iconic flat-roofed home part-time. She recently wrote to her new neighbors, “the sad news is...

Ron Rankin, 1938-2021

Ron Rankin, a resident of South Forty Pier for over 40 years, recently passed away. Ron was a true gentleman, a friendly neighbor, and a very generous man. His global philanthropy included support for better wages and working conditions for the poorest of people and promoted holistic land management practices...

Main Dock Loses Pacifico Samonte

Long time Main Dock resident Pacifico Samonte passed away in mid-April in his floating home. The popular guitarist had been suffering from esophageal cancer. His partner, Cameron Duncan, reported, “Pac was breathing very quietly and peacefully all night as I held his hand. It was quite a surprise to see...

Lance Belville Exits Stage Left

Lance Sherman Belville, playwright, theatre director, and journalist died of congestive heart failure March 14, 2020 in his West Pier floating home in Sausalito in the embrace of his wife and artistic partner, Lynn Lohr. Belville always lived somewhere dramatic, from the Mississippi River town of his birth, Winona, to...

Gate 6 ½ Loses a True Original

Serafino James Presta, better known as “Uncle Jimmy” on Gate 6 ½, passed away on February 7 after a long illness. Jimmy first moved to Gate 6 1/2 in 1995, shortly after meeting Susie Dupuis through their good friend and floating homeowner Jane Colton. Jim rented #18 on the dock...

Norman Carlin Memorial Sept 28

Norman Carlin, long term Liberty Dock resident known for decades as Norman the Plumber, died on September 4. His son Joey reported: “While having dinner with his girlfriend and another friend he was short of breath and he collapsed; he most likely had a heart attack. He was taken to...

Cheers to Tom Dugan

Neighbors from the floating homes community joined other friends of Tom Dugan for a traditional Irish wake on Memorial Day. Tom and his wife Blaise had lived on A Dock and Gate 6 ½ for many years until he passed away two days before St. Patrick’s Day after a long...