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Obituaries: 05/15/2019

Al Medeiros, OVA Board member


Al Medeiros, an early pickleball advocate who was re-elected in April to the Oakmont Board of Directors with the most votes among five candidates, died May 1 just five weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Medeiros, 72, contacted pneumonia after undergoing treatment for his illness, his wife, Connie, said.

Medeiros was born in Chicago and studied at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on a career as a computer programmer. He worked for IBM in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for 20 years before coming to California in the early 1990s to join some startup companies. The couple moved from Morgan Hill to Oakmont, where Medeiros began offering free computer help to residents.

“Our three and a half years years in Oakmont were some of the happiest years of his life,” Connie Medeiros said. “We have met so many wonderful, interesting people. I can’t thank people here enough for all the love.”

Medeiros was “a force in the start” for Oakmont Pickleball, said club president Fred Merrill. “We are in indebted to him and he is missed as he was also a great player and sportsman.”

OVA President and fellow board member Steve Spanier said Medeiros was “willing to work tirelessly” on behalf of the community. “Al cared very, very deeply about Oakmont. Although he often formed strong opinions about aspects of Oakmont life, he was always open-minded, thoughtful and willing to change his mind,” Spanier said.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Vicki Sakuma of Pomona and Jennifer Medeiros of Alameda, and a son, Andy, of Hayward.

An informal memorial gathering was held on May 8 around Oakmont’s Maypole, which this year was erected in Medeiros’ honor.

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