|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1955|
Contra Costa County
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2012|
San Francisco County
Richard Alan Foster, father to 12 children, had many jobs in his lifetime and dozens of friends at the Senator Hotel who loved him for his constant cheerfulness despite his suffering.
At his Memorial Service in the Senator on April 10, 2012, he was described as a gentle soul. He was "always smiling and optimistic, never disgruntled, pleasant, charming, humble — and a beloved member of the Senator Hotel community."
Mr. Foster was born in Pittsburg,CA and after graduating from high school in 1974, went on to work at the U.S. Steel mill, in construction and as a Delta Transit Bus driver throughout Contra Costa County.
His diagnosis of colon cancer did not stop him. As he became more ill, his friends said he had a constant smile. His children visited him. He began using a walker to get around. He loved being outdoors in the fresh air; he went out every day.
In late February, 2012, Mr. Foster was hospitalized. Six weeks later, he went to the Zen Center Hospice, where he died. He was a member of the Second Union Missionary Baptist Church in San Francisco.
Mr. Foster's children are: Rickisha Foster of Snellville,Ga., Richard Foster Jr. and Jericka Foster of Pittsburg,Jeremy Foster of Oakland, Brandon (and wife, Hannah) Foster of Fort Hood, Texas, and Jovani Foster, Khalil Foster and Jamari Butler of Richmond. His five stepchildren: Teana Foreman of Sacramento, Dawn ("DJ") Foreman of Vallejo, Tisa Tatum of Antioch and Telisha Washington of Pittsburg.
---from Tom Carter, Central City Extra, San Francisco, CA. No. 122, May 20132. For the full obituary text visit www.studycenter.org
The CA Birth records have his middle name as Alan which I have used here rather than Allen of the original obituary, to facilitate family finding him here. His father's name was Delarcey Foster and his mother's name was Alberta L. Harris. Both are deceased. There is also a Richard Allen Foster born in May 1955 in Alameda County, mother's maiden name Olsen. I have used information corresponding to one of his daughter's ancestry.com family tree.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: SF Mom
Record added: Jul 11, 2013
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