RIP Richard Raymond Gurley
|Richard Raymond Gurley, 82, of San Jose, California, passed away with his family by his side on September 11, 2020 from congestive heart failure.
He was born in Van Nuys, California on June 11, 1938 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955. He married the love of his life, Jada Mattert-Gurley and they remained together for more than 48 years.In 1963 he began his career with the San Jose Police Department. He valiantly served the San Jose community until his retirement in 1994. During his time with the SJPD he served as a member of the SJPD Motorcycle Unit, SWAT Team, and Range Unit but his most cherished time on the Department was spent with the Special Operations Division of the San Jose Bomb Squad for more than two decades.
He was preceded in death by his father Richard Gurley, Senior; his mother Mae Funderburk; and his little brother Ronnie Lee Gurley who also served as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department until his death in 1974.
He is survived by Jada Gurley his wife of 40 years; his son and his wife David and Lisa Gurley of Redondo Beach, California; his daughter and her husband Denise and Bud Stiarwalt of Folsom, California; his baby daughter and her husband Janine and Rob Carnaroli of El Dorado Hills, California; his stepson and his wife Don and Carol Mattert of Chula Vista, California; his five beautiful grandchildren Shane, Michael, Mia, Ryan and Gia; his sister and her husband Linda and Bobby Langone of Stockton, California; and his cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was a dedicated father to his four kids, an amazing “Poppy” to his 5 grandchildren and treasured time spent with family. He had many residences throughout his life, but “home” was the farm he lived on with Jada and their animals for the past 37 years. When not on the farm, he relished motorcycle adventures with his wife. He enjoyed many years tinkering on cars with his brother-in-law Dave and his nephew Bryan. An avid reader constantly learning about the world, he was quick to provide his point of view on all things great and small. He will be remembered as a Costco loyalist – it was a rare Costco product that evaded his grasp.
Most importantly, he saw life in black-and-white terms, was a strong moral compass to his children and set a solid example to his family by inherently understanding what is right, what is wrong, and living his life within those guiding principles.
A memorial service will be held at the San Joaquin National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19 limitations the service is closed to all mourners. There will be a celebration of life for all friends and loved ones when the pandemic allows.
The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received from the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center.
A PERSONAL VOYAGE TO HONOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICES
Locations of Memorial Plaques for SJPD’s 13 Fallen Officers
Erected by SJPOA
Sergeant Morris Van Dyke Hubbard #21: EOW July 12, 1924
Officer John Buck #10: EOW April 5, 1933
Officer John Covalesk #70: EOW November 15, 1950
Officer Richard Huerta #47: EOW August 6, 1970
Officer Robert White #2325: EOW January 27, 1985
Officer Henry Bunch #2076: EOW July 29, 1985
Officer Robert Wirht #1596: EOW September 8, 1988
Officer Gene Simpson #1409: EOW January 20, 1989
Officer Gordon Silva #1512: EOW January 20, 1989
Officer Desmond Casey #2705: EOW October 25, 1999
Officer Jeffrey M. Fontana #3702: EOW October 28, 2001
Officer Michael Johnson #3718: EOW March 24, 2015
Officer Michael Katherman #3900: EOW June 14, 2016
A MESSAGE FROM SERGEANT JODI WILLIAMS
Misdemeanor charged against San Jose cop recorded kicking, dragging woman
SJPD Officer Charged with Beating Driver During an Arrest
SJPD Officer Charged with Beating Driver During an Arrest”
The victim was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. She was later released. After a review of the case, the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the victim.
SJPD OFFICERS FIRE RELIEF FUND
The wildfires raging across the Santa Cruz Mountains and around our state are devastating our community. Our very own SJPOA brothers and sisters are not immune from that devastation. Some of us have been evacuated from our homes while others are glued to Twitter or newsfeeds waiting to see if there area will be evacuated next. We have members who have most likely lost their homes. Some may know by now. Others are filled with angst waiting to be notified as to whether they will have a home to return to.
This crisis asks us to come together to support each other in every way we can. The SJPOA is working quickly to provide aid to those in need. We need your help. We have two specific asks of your right now.
First, donate what you can and ask others to donate what they can to directly support SJPD officers and their families. Click this link and designate “Fires” from the drop down menu. These donations will go to the SJPOA charitable fund and will only be allocated directly to SJPD officers and families. Impacted officers may need lodging, clothes, food, supplies or have other needs. We will work directly with officers to ensure that the assistance we can provide has a meaningful impact on their needs and is provided swiftly.
Click this link and designate “Fires” from the drop down menu
Police reform back on the agenda for San Jose City Council
During the Pandemic period during which we are all bored to the bone, staying at home with little to do other than
communicate by email, let me encourage you to use the time to to do you part in recruiting new members to the PBA.
If you are communicating with sworn personnel from ours or any agency, invite them to join is in the SJPBA. Sweeten
the pot with the promise of an open bar and dinner once a week! That oughta do it if they’ve been a cop for more
than 3 weeks 🙂
On the first meeting night after the pandemic restrictions are lifted,
LET’S GET MOIR AND HIS BARTENDERS TO WORK THEIR BUTTS OFF!
TAKE NOTE: Membership to the PBA is open to all sworn members of the Police Dept., active or retired.
Associate membership is open to all sworn officers of other agencies — active or retired — of any local, state or federal agency.
Invite them as a guest or just point them to
Tickets on sale for this year’s drive-thru Christmas in the Park
TIL Walt Disney was originally against the famous spaghetti-eating scene in Lady and the Tramp; he thought it would look too silly, and not romantic. Animator Frank Thomas disagreed, and animated the whole scene without layouts to convince Walt it would work. Walt was impressed, and kept it in.
Bay Area hotels to convert into permanent homeless housing
San Jose Inside reports that “the California Department of Housing and Community Development plans to allocate $550 million by the end of this year to help local governments rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartments and residential care facilities to house homeless individuals and families. The latest round of cash, which totals $236 million, will help 12 local jurisdictions and one tribe secure 1,810 new units across the state.”
Coronavirus layoffs send middle-class workers down the economic ladder
Newsom bans sale of all new gasoline-powered cars starting in 2035,
calls for fracking ban
Union blames lack of overtime for San Jose’s fire inspection backlog
MY RESPONSE TO
article in San Jose Spotlight
Overtime??? They work a 24 hour shift a few days a week, sleeping, watching TV, cooking, eating and pumping iron on the job.
Sunday Morning Humor From Ken Womack
Pete Salvi – Carm Grande – Brian Bennert
Art makes a comeback at outdoor Silicon Valley Sculpture Fair
Not even close to San Jose’s famous Poop Sculpture!
Or The Farsider’s Famous Poop Sculpture!
ATTN: South County – Wild Pig Removal Service
Can you provide the following information to your membership.
I run a wild pig removal service. I like to give the meat away for consumption instead of disposal. The pigs are trapped and dispatched with a brain shot, usually at daybreak . If anyone is interested in free wild pig meat. Send me an email with you contact information and I will make a meat list and call when I have meat to give away. The entire carcass will be delivered the recipient must process the meat. I will provide the DFW tag .
Tim Gall- Owner
Wild Pig Removal Inc
77-Year-Old California Veteran Attacked While Wearing MAGA Hat, ‘Back the Blue’ Mask
Editor’s Note: I don’t care what your politics are, this sucks!
Police seize 345,000 used condoms that were cleaned and sold as new
I don’t remember why I rec’d these old Open House docs, but here they are. If you sent them with a message, please re-send 🙂 And if anyone has the originals, complete, I would like to see what was cut off at the bottom.
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