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Louis Sarrica, Jr.

December 12, 1951 ~ May 3, 2012 (age 60)
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Message from Dennis Jackson
May 13, 2012 10:00 PM

Lou...what a joy it was to know you and spend time together. You were always a good friend and mentor, whether you were helping me with Spanish, Algebra or music. You always possessed a quick wit and a smile, and you will never be forgotten by me and many others who had the good fortune of knowing you. Heaven has a great bass player. Peace and love to Joseph, Mimi and the family.
Message from pat potter
May 15, 2012 8:55 AM

Hi Lou....had to drop in, and let you how much I am proud to have known you, and to be your friend, and classmate....you were positively, the smartest/nicest/funniest/musically talented guy I have known....i absolutely loved Cookin'''' Mama...and the fact that the C.M. house was across the street from mine, on Regent St.....we have so many mutual friends, who all love you so much....aside from that New Years Eve night, in Oakland back in ''''71ish, when the cops came, all my memories are so positive....and I have to tell you, even though I won for Student body Prez, I voted for you!!....show Duck Dunn a few licks, will ya??....your friend eternally, Pat
Message from Larry Peterson
May 15, 2012 9:07 AM

sorry for your loss, lou was a great guy. a man of the 60s rock and roll baby
Message from Christopher Kit Harrity
May 15, 2012 9:45 AM

I grew up with Louis and Rick was in my class. Louis's mom was the best cub scout lady ever. We all went to scouts together, and summer camp, and the whole bit. Louis was an original that gave me courage to be who I am. Plus, what a great dresser! I am so sorry for your loss.
Message from Pat Thrall
May 15, 2012 10:00 AM

My wife and I would like to extend our condolences to Lou's family.  I hadn't seen Lou since the late seventies but his memory is fresh in my mind as we spent so much time together as teenagers.  Music was our life.  Lou always had amazing energy.  He was also the guy you could always depend on.  Never a flake like most musicians.  I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Lou.
Message from Barbara June Colclasure Oliver
May 15, 2012 10:25 AM

I was shocked to view this news about Louis a moment ago!  The black and white photo from our AHS yearbook displayed Lou in "Kiss Me Kate".  I was also in that play and remember those times dearly!
His spirit was kind and although I did not know him now in his life....the memories of good ole AHS with Pat Potter in that play has been a strength for me all these years!
Rest in peace Louis!  Your spirit will be remember!
Message from Cathy (McClure) Lindberg
May 15, 2012 10:39 AM

Oh Rick,

I knew you a lot better than I did your brother due to the age difference. I am so sorry for your loss. We are at a time when our classmates are losing their parents, but I am not ready for us to be losing our siblings, not yet! This just wretches my heart. I extend my prayers for you, and yours, and all of Lou's family. I pray he is at peace in the arms of our Lord in Heaven. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Cathy (McClure) Lindberg AHS '73
Message from Rob (Bob) Everett
May 15, 2012 10:42 AM

This is very sad.  Lou and I played in the band Amazing Grace with Ron Peterson, Jim Derrig, Mark Showalter...I last saw Lou at Maggie Thrall's service at the Alterena Playhouse in Alameda.  My condolences to all..

Rob Everett
Message from Jack Rich
May 15, 2012 10:53 AM

My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Message from Janis Liebhart
May 15, 2012 11:07 AM

I shall never forget moving down to Los Angeles in the mid 70's with Lou, Vinnie Palazzotto and Tommy Thompson - our lives were basically one at that time, living in a large house all together, produced by Hank Saroyan, also from Alameda.  Great times, broke, eating lots of peanut butter sandwiches and rump roasts on Sunday ...  and writing our own music, which was a love fest in itself.  Louie was a fun, smart and talented guy.  This is indeed sad news, and I send love and prayers out to family and friends, and hope for the sharing of many, many happy memories.  
Message from mimi smith
May 15, 2012 11:07 AM

I am so sorry to hear of this sudden loss.  My condolences to is family, and close friends.
Message from Stephen and Denise Pruitt
May 15, 2012 1:50 PM

We are so sorry for your families loss.  Thoughts and prayers are sent during this very difficult time.
Message from hank saroyan
May 15, 2012 4:10 PM

my heart is heavy with this news. Lou was one of the bast parts of the three years we spent on the road in MadHatter. his playing was phenomenal, his disposition very Italian... and made us all better for having been near him. his spirit was irrepressable and i thought for sure he would outlive me by two decades. now that he hasn't i feel cheated somehow.
Message from Eugenia Paras Hirsch
May 15, 2012 10:20 PM

I went to Edison, Lincoln, and Alameda High with Louis. I will never forget him. He was always the smartest, most talented,person I knew. So sorry to hear he''s gone.
Message from Rich Bandoni
May 16, 2012 1:27 PM

I was lucky enough to have played with Lou in many band configurations over nearly 20 years.
       A truly gifted bassist and musician....I will treasure my memories of Lou forever. He will be missed..........
Message from Chris Janvier
May 16, 2012 3:50 PM

Mimi – How saddened I was to hear about the passing of Louie.  He was such a talented musician, academic superstar, and all-around nice guy.  I vividly remember the summer that he got his first electric guitar and amplifier and we lovingly nicknamed him ‘WaWa’!  Little did we know that this would be the start of his life’s passion.  May he find peace in his new home and reunite with his biggest fan, your mom.  My love and heartfelt condolences to you, Ricky, Kurt and the entire family.
Message from Eric Wood
May 16, 2012 11:07 PM

My condolences to the Serrica family. I had the pleasure of being in several musical projects with Lou. He knew every song, every time. We had that special bond only a drummer and bassist could have. Loved the man. He will be sorely missed.
Message from James A. Hudkins
May 16, 2012 11:38 PM

My Sympathy on the loss to his Family and Friends. I remember him well from Troop 1015 and Camp Stephens near Pinecrest, CA. He was a thoughtful and nice person.
Message from Alice Bollaci Haddad and for the Bollaci Family
May 17, 2012 6:27 AM

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of your brother, father and our cousin Louis.  I had not seen him in many years, but Rick was kind enough to keep us up to date on the family in California.  He certainly had the joie de vivre that comes with being a part of our family.  My only photo of him is when we were in diapers together on a sofa at Great Grandma Sarrica's house.  Our prayers go out to his wife and children.
Message from Clem Corpus
May 17, 2012 8:26 PM

I was deeply saddened today to have heard the loss of our old friend, Lou.  I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to the Sarrica family.  Not only did Lou distinguish himself as a skilled musician and performer, he was a decent human being who treated others the way he wanted to be treated: with love, respect, and dignity.  I cherish the "intellectual" discussions we enjoyed years ago and the laughs that only Lou's sense of humor could evoke.  He will be missed but not forgotten.
Message from Monica Smith
June 14, 2012 10:57 PM

My deepest condolences go out to Lou's family and loved ones!   I was so fortunate to have known and worked with Lou musically in our awsome band, Moxie!   Lou, You are in my heart always,  and thank you for all of the musical memories!
Message from Kurt and Peg Scheile
July 3, 2014 1:35 PM

It is impossible for me to hear "Play that funky music white boy" without thinking of Lou...
We are saddened to hear we won't be running into him.  Maybe rock n roll heaven Lou.  You were a kick ass bass player and a good friend.  So glad we travelled the road together.
Message from Mark Orr
July 7, 2014 8:26 AM

I was a classmate of Lou's at language school and we served in the Army together in Germany. I am very sorry to hear of his passing, and I pass my heartfelt condolences on to his family.
Lou was a world-class nice guy with a great smile. I don't think I ever heard an angry word come out of his mouth.
I feel fortunate to have known Lou, and I believe everyone else who knew him feels the same way.
Again, my condolences to his family.
Message from Brinton McCusker
December 10, 2016 12:59 PM

Lou (Sgt. Sarrica) was my first Team Chief at Ft. Riley. I have nothing but positive memories of him. Such a gentleman, and so thoughtful and intelligent. I am sorry to hear (belatedly) of his passing. I had always wanted to located and catch up with him post-Army; so sad that I wasn't able to.
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