Bill Brand, 1938-2009
Normally I don’t stray too far off the Island for news, but today I have to offer the sad, sad news of longtime Oakland Tribune reporter Bill Brand’s passing. As you may remember, Bill was struck by a San Francisco Muni train on February 8, and he succumbed to his injuries early Friday morning. He was 70.
There’s a lot I could say about Bill (who, incidentally, did a stint as a reporter for the Alameda Times-Star). But the Trib’s Angela Hill got it nailed down exactly right in this moving obituary. I had the good fortune to work with Bill myself for six years out at the Tribune, and I can personally attest to the quality of his work, the passion he had for reporting and the incredible generosity that he displayed as a colleague and as a person.
His passing marks another tough milestone for the folks out at the Trib, by the way. Last month, editor Leanne McLaughlin, who had served as the Trib’s managing editor and had since moved to an editing job right here in Alameda, died of a heart attack.
Bill leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Daryl, plus four kids and two grandkids. His family is asking that donations be made in his name at the Contra Costa County Food Bank.