In Memoriam

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Dear Surfsiders:

 Long-time Surfside Tennis Club members will be sad to learn that our former Historian, Mike Sylvia, died peacefully at age 71 last Wednesday from complications due to two strokes he suffered in 2006 and 2009.  I did not know Mike during his peak tennis years but I have heard at least five other members comment that he was an excellent player.  His wife, Lisa, told me last evening that the moment he stepped on a tennis court Mike was “happy as a clam.”  That was evident to me after I joined the club a decade ago as he always had a big grin and greeted everyone when he returned to play a few games on Saturday mornings at Los Osos Middle School just a few blocks away from his home. Mike and Lisa each had a son and daughter from previous marriages.   Their lovely youngest daughter, Katy, who is a Cal Poly engineering graduate, occasionally joined her parents to play with Surfside.  Declining health resulted in the need for Mike to have full time care in a local care home for several years.  One of the tragic results of our current COVID-19 crisis is that Lisa was unable to visit Mike on lockdown for the past two weeks or comfort him at the end. Lisa still resides at the family home at 1517 18thStreet, LO and her cell phone is 805 204 0669.


I regret to inform you about the death of  former Surfside President Bob West.  Bob's former neighbors informed Kathy Geyer, he died on November 12.  His last months were spent in a care home in Los Osos next door to the care home where his long-time companion, Carolyn McGowan currently resides. In a telephone conversation today, Carolyn confirmed that Bob had died and expressed gratitude that she had been able to attend a very brief memorial that was not open to the public.
Born and raised in Southern California, Bob graduated from Fresno State College and was employed as a state dairy inspector based in Fresno.  He shared many stories about enforcing milk safety protocols on farms and dairy processing plants throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the Central California Coast. During his early retirement years he served as Surfside President for three years.  He is best remembered by some of the senior Surfside membersas "Mr. Net" because he took responsibility for keeping the nets on the Los Osos Middle School courts in decent repair and exactly at 36" midcourt. He remained a competitor during his last years on the courts where many of us fell victim to his very wicked short slice.


Dear Surfside Members:

With profound sadness I am informing you about the death of Mary Romero, who died in her sleep this morning due to pancreatic cancer.  Many of you met Mary through the past dozen years at various Surfside social events as well as at her home during Board meetings when her husband Al served as Surfside Vice President from 2011 to 2013 and as Social Chairman from 2008 to 2010 and again in 2012 to 2013. A nurse by training, Mary was a valuable helpmate for Al, who has recently suffered from kidney failure and neuropathy. 
A funeral Mass for Mary Romero is scheduled at 11 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, 962 Piney Way, Morro Bay. St. Timothy's Morro Bay CA

Obituary:Mary Christine Romero


Surfside Tennis Club Member

Susan Darlene Wiley

August 18, 1944 - August 28, 2018

It is with sadness I report the death of longtime Surfside member Susan Wiley. Still playing occasional tennis during 2016, she suffered progressively debilitating illness that subsequently kept her off the courts. She continued to enjoy many of our social events and maintained membership in Surfside during the 2017-18 year ending this past June 30.   The Reis Family Mortuary is making arrangements. You may monitor announcements and offer your memories at:



Our continued best wishes to Carolyn McGowan who has moved to a Senior Care Residence.


Another passing, Surfsiders: Mary Haworth Obituary
Due to complications from a severe stroke, Mary Haworth died yesterday afternoon at Bayside Nursing Home. 
Although it has been a long time since she played tennis, we certainly enjoyed Mary's cheerful and friendly presence at the many Surfside social functions she attended in recent years. 
Some of our long-time members may wish to share memories about Mary in a Reply to All response to this message.  Watch for a notice about services in the Tribune as nothing has been announced so far.

More information about Mary Haworth, Surfsiders:

Jean Connelly reported that the only services currently planned for Mary Louis Haworth will be an open casket viewing at the Los Osos Valley Funeral facilities from 4:30PM to 8:30PM on Tuesday, July 5. 


Carl Pherson

Joyce Kasparek

  • "We were friends from grade school, played a lot of bridge..."
    - Joanne Chamberlin

Joyce Kasparek Joyce was born in August 1933 in Waipahu, Hawaii, and died on June 30, 2015, at Bayside Care Center in Morro Bay. At the age of eight months her parents moved back to Los Angeles from Hawaii. When she was six years old her family moved to Burbank where she grew up. Joyce married her high school sweetheart and they had two daughters and a son. Eventually they moved the family to Newport Beach where they lived for thirty years. When Joyce's youngest was twelve years old, she began her career as an Elementary School Office Manager for the Newport Mesa School District. She held that job until retiring in 1989. After retiring Joyce and her husband moved to Los Osos the next year. Joyce enjoyed volunteering for a number of local organizations including the Sierra Vista Hospital. She was an avid tennis player and belonged to the Central Coast Women's Tennis League and was the treasurer of the Surfside Tennis Club. She also loved traveling, walking, and keeping in touch with her lifelong friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Wayne Kasparek. Surviving family members include: daughters, Michele and Helice; her three sisters: Linda, Ellen and Robin; four grandchildren: Chris, Heather, Shayla and Drake, and a great-grandson, Chase. Tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian) will always live in our hearts. There will be a private family gathering to celebrate Joyce's life. Sign her guestbook at



Long-time Surfside members have fond memories of playing tennis with 'Buck' Walters over many years. Recent members have met his daughter, Lindsey Thornton (, who played with us at LOMS during her visits from Alaska to supervise the care of her father.

Andrew Wallace Walters

Guest Book
  • "Dear Family of Buck. I knew him for many years, mostly..."
    - Lynda Merrill

Andrew Wallace "Buck" Walters, 97, died peacefully Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013, at his home in Cayucos, surrounded by family. Buck had a long and interesting life. He was born in July 1916 in Cheraw, S.C., to Serena Williams Wallace, a teacher and musician, and Charles Dorsey Walters, a pharmacist. He grew up during the Great Depression in Bennettsville, S.C., and became self-sufficient, hard-working and frugal. In 1938, Buck earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and served during World War II as a Radar Instructor at Norfolk Naval Base, Va., and MIT in Boston. He also trained crews on shakedown cruises of new ships from Norfolk to Trinidad. In 1943, he met Joyce Mary Crickmay at Delmonico's in NYC and married her three months later in Norfolk - it was "love at first sight." After the War, Buck worked for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. and the National Bureau of Standards in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Palo Alto, Calif. He was then transferred to the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Corona, Calif. About 1962, he formed a private company, Aero Geo Astro Corporation, in Corona, and continued to do engineering research for the military. One of Buck's major research contributions was pioneering the use of bistatic radar to detect Russian missile launches during the Cold War. Throughout his career, Buck worked primarily as an electronic engineer specializing in radar, antennas, ultrasonic systems and instrumentation, and missile components. Always interested in the stock market, Buck became a successful short-term trader in 1964. In 1971, he became a licensed securities broker in California. Buck then worked in investments and also as a consulting engineer until his retirement in 1985. He also served on the Cayucos Water District Board of Directors. Buck and Joyce lived in Riverside, Calif., for 26 years, where they raised five children. They retired to the Central Coast in 1978 and lived in Cambria and Morro Bay. After Joyce's untimely death from lung cancer in 1985, Buck met Rosemary Corcoran - they had a happy 27-year partnership (Registered Domestic Partners since 2000). Buck and Rosemary built a house and lived in Cayucos throughout their life together. Rosemary died in April, 2013. Buck was an avid tennis player throughout his life, and a long-time member of the Surfside Tennis Club. He enjoyed classical music and ballet, duplicate bridge, walking, bird-watching and overseas travel. Buck was extremely well-read, knowledgeable, a problem-solver and history buff. He had a good sense of humor and lots of energy. He was also known for his self-assurance, strong opinions and outspoken nature. The family is indebted to Paul Smith, R.N./Case Manager of Extended Family Associates, for his exemplary medical management, patience, kindness and friendship with Buck for the past two years. We are also grateful to long-time caregivers Maya Aaron-Blue, Dianne Newman and Jane Scoredos (Active Care In-Home Services) for their dedication to Buck and unique ability to enhance his quality of life. We also thank Wilshire Hospice for supportive end-of-life care. Buck is survived by his children Cheryl Foden of Los Gatos, Calif.; Laurel Walters (John Cronin) of Cloudcroft, N.M.; Robert Walters of Moreno Valley, Calif.; Leslie Walters of San Bernardino, Calif.; Lindsey Thornton (Jay) of Fairbanks, Alaska; and six grandchildren Lindsey Foden of Santa Cruz, Calif.; May Jacob of San Diego, Calif.; Mark Johnston of Redding, Calif.; Molly, Riley and Jack Thornton of Fairbanks, Alaska. Cremation is planned with interment of Buck's ashes at the Cayucos Cemetery alongside his wife, Joyce. Memorial donations may be made to the Cayucos Pier Project,, or Wilshire Hospice. McDermott-Crockett Mortuary 569-2424 Santa Barbara

Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Nov. 17, 2013
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