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Deaths for the week of June 28-July 4, 2020

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Ronald Julian Miguel

August 5, 1931–June 28, 2020

Ronald Julian Miguel

Ronald Julian Miguel passed away this past Saturday, June 28, 2020, at the age of 88, peacefully and surrounded by family. As the only child of Jerome and Mariette Miguel, he was a fourth-generation San Franciscan who cared deeply for his hometown and was engaged in nearly every facet of civic activity. He was molded by the rich art, culture and music of his birthplace and his 25 years in the flower business with his wife, Ruth Israel Miguel.

A longtime resident of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, Ron attended Lowell High School and University of San Francisco. Ron imbued his children with an appreciation for creative expression in all its forms and together with his wife, Ruth, taught them that family is precious even when it’s not easy.

As President of the San Francisco Planning Commission and founding member of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, he worked to make the city an inclusive and affordable place. As foreman of the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury and later as a trainer, he advocated for safer conditions for young people in Juvenile Hall and supported community initiatives. More recently, as Chair of the Citizen’s Working Group, he devoted his energy to making the city’s neighborhoods more livable by supporting improvements to San Francisco’s transportation infrastructure.

Experts across nearly every city agency would regularly seek his advice on decisions. He never cared for pageantry or fancy titles and engaged everyone with respect. Ron was always generous with his knowledge and his time. And if you asked for his opinion, you would be sure to get it.

Ron’s historical perspective gave him an understanding of place and space that few others had. He was never restrained by conventional thinking and welcomed the certitude of change. As he was quoted in The Potrero View, “Nothing stays the same,” he said. “Everything will change and be different. You can have a hand or a voice in bringing opinions together, so the changes that are made make sense for the future…” Ron’s work and active engagement with San Francisco civic organizations will benefit his beloved city for generations.

We will miss his deep, hearty laugh and his easy smile. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, his three children, Barry Miguel, Melanie Miguel and Renee Miguel, as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

William Erlich

September 19, 1928-June 14, 2020

William Ehrlich was born in Berlin, Germany, to Richard and Sophie Ehrlich. He passed away on the morning of June 14 at the Jewish Home in San Francisco.

In March 1939 his parents secured him a spot on the Kindertransport, which would end in London, England. He was assigned a guardian, who set up a home in London for 5 boys from Germany and Austria. Bill lived there until the bombing of London began. He was then evacuated and lived with several different families in Dunmow and Chelmsford. His parents remained in Berlin until 1942, when they were sent to Theresienstadt where they remained until the camp was liberated at the end of the war.

Bill completed his secondary education in Dunmow and Chelmsford and completed the equivalent of two years of college in London. His parents immigrated after the war to Boston where they had family, and Bill was able to join them there. When Bill arrived in Boston he worked and completed his education at the Evening College of Commerce at Boston University to earn a degree in Business Administration. He and a friend decided to move to California and settled in San Francisco. Bill worked for several different agencies in the Federal Government. He worked for the Office of Economic Opportunity until it was up for elimination and then for the remainder of his career he worked as a management analyst of the SSI program of Social Security.

In 1968, he married Diane Greenwald and they lived at Lake Merced Hill for most of their married life. They were members of Congregation Beth Israel Judea.

Many thanks to his caregivers in the last years of his life — Elvira, Edwin, Jessica and MaryAnn. In honor of Bill’s memory, donations may be sent to the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112, Congregation Beth Israel Judea (For Care and Concern Committee), 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132, or charity of your choice.

William S. Sugar

Aug. 4, 1931-June 17, 2020

William S. Sugar
William S. Sugar

William (Bill) Sugar was born in Akron, Ohio to Molly and Harry Sugar, with sister Edna and brother Ben. Bill graduated from the University of Akron. A few years later he moved to San Francisco because he did not like S-N-O-W, and he never looked back.

He had many interests, including history, geography and BASEBALL!, but mostly he liked to explore new places, many of which he had read about, with his wife Marilyn. Every trip was their favorite.

Bill had a zest for life and in his journey of life he touched SO many people with his ever present kindness and will be missed by many people. The gentleman has left us.

Should friends desire to send memorial contributions, they may be made to Jewish Family and Children’s Services, PO Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115; San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, 302 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112; or a place of your choice.