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04-09-2020 - Friend and THS Class of 1958 classmate photographer, Dick Wisdom, has died
We’ve lost another one of our classmates, Dick Wisdom, an award-winning photojournalist and everyone’s photographer. He took many photos of us at the 50th reunion. If you don’t have the CD he created, you can see the photos on our website under Photo Galleries. This obituary was sent to us by his wife Kay and later published on The Brentwood Press website.
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William Richard (The Wiz) Wisdom
May 24, 1938 – April 1, 2020
Resident of Rio Vista, CA

Richard Wisdom (the Wiz), long time resident of Discovery Bay, CA and San Jose, CA left our physical world April 1, 2020 at the age of 81 surrounded by family.

Richard and his wife Kay Wisdom were married for 41 years. They moved to Rio Vista in the fall of 2017. He enjoyed participating in the Trilogy Men’s Fellowship, Trilogy Wine Club, playing trivia with friends, and enjoyed swimming, and pool parties. Richard regularly attended Discover Bay Presbyterian Church where he found comfort in his faith community. In retirement Richard enjoyed the Delta wave runner group and taking friends and family out on his beloved boat the Cathy B.

William Richard Wisdom was born on May 24, 1938 to Margaret (Baker) and William Wisdom in Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lee Wisdom. He attended Tucson High School where he became involved with photography that was sponsored by Kodak. This began a lifelong career as a photojournalist. He began his career in photojournalism at the Tucson Daily Star and Phoenix Gazette newspapers. Richard joined The San Jose Mercury News in 1973 and retired in 2001. He continued to take photographs for his local community newspaper The Brentwood Press until 2017.

Richard lives on in the spirit of his loving wife Kay Wisdom and his five children Britt Wisdom, Michelle Bayley, Eddy Wisdom, Robert Wisdom, and Brent von Forstmeyer. Richard loved and adored his grandchildren Steel Wisdom, Tiffany Wilhelmsson, Torie (Cassie) Kuwahara, and Kayla Newland.

In light of the current state of affairs and the need to avoid gatherings for the health and wellbeing of all, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later time. If you wish to be notified of Richard’s celebration you can send an email to Trilogy1944@gmail.com.

Donations in his name may be made to the Hospice of San Joaquin. The family would like to thank Dr. Paje of Kaiser Antioch for his care. Richard will always be remembered by his warm smile and famous saying “Life is Good.”


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