PIEDMONT -- A man remembered for his kindness and humor, David Foulkes passed away peacefully at home Feb. 8 after a lingering blood disorder. He was 73.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at St. Leo's Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave. in Oakland, with a reception to follow. Donations are suggested to Oakland Rotary #3, Samuel Merritt University, St. Mary's College or charity of choice.
His wife, Katy, said her husband was alert and mobile "until the end. He just went to sleep. He was never in any pain. All his children were present" to say goodbye.
Foulkes was a big man, in heart and in stature.
"He was 6-foot-5 and in his prime weighed 240. He went down to 160 because of his illness," said Katy Foulkes, a former Piedmont mayor and current EBMUD board director and vice president.
Foulkes took treatments for his illness for three years, always keeping a positive attitude, his wife said. He was shy as a young man, but grew to become a people person and an avid volunteer. He served on the finance committee at St. Leo's, was on the Board of Regents of Samuel Merritt University, was a Rotarian and was a board member for Camp Fire USA Oakland East Bay Council and the Camron-Stanford House in Oakland.
"As a freshman at St. Mary's High, he did a pantomime to music in the talent show. The brothers were so impressed they made him a head cheer leader," Katy Foulkes recalled.
An accountant, Foulkes made home visits for some of his clients and enjoyed a loyal client base.
"His clients just loved him. He was a good number cruncher, but more than that he would spend that extra time with people," his wife said.
He graduated from St. Mary's College in 1962, later attaining his MBA in taxation from Golden Gate University.
He is survived by his wife, Katy Foulkes; a sister, Marie Stokes; his children, D. Michael Foulkes, Jennifer Coakley and her husband Kevin, and Cynthia Foulkes; and four grandchildren.
The couple were married in 1966.
"We were looking forward to celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in 2016 but David didn't make it," his wife said.