A Message from Kris

Special Thanks

About two months ago, I was on a hike with my dog and I pondered the question: Who would my community be if I needed one? By late afternoon on December 13th as the news of Richard's passing spread like wildfire in the surrounding Bay area, there were so many of our friends that dropped what they were doing to be by our sides. We have never felt so loved by our family and close friends.

My parents, Pat and Ted Anderson, jumped on a flight to be by our side as soon as they heard, and a very special thanks to Richard's parents, Don and Barbara Carlson, who are also grieving, for their continued support of our family.  Two of my best and longest friends, Lisa Marino and Melanie Desautels caught flights out from Newport Beach and Park City to support us. Laura and Jim Hulburd have walked every step of this journey with us and have been Saints to us these past weeks helping me manage so many arenas! Our neighbors have all supported us, incredibly, as well as the surrounding community. Warm thanks to our dear family friends: the Kaabis', Gunters', Nelsons', Driscolls', the Woodwards', the Pedersons', our soccer community, the Acalanes High School community, our Seven Hills family, our friends from Orinda Academy, and many more who have all been incredible. Thanks to Sheila Krystal, Joe and Michael Bailey, Mike and Michelle Robbins, Rich Dutra-St.John and Yvonne, Andraya and Lauren Marshall, Natalie Tucker, John Welshons, Linda Michaels, Patti Breitman, Ben Sheild and Mitch Edwards for your continued emotional and spiritual support. I am so grateful for all the kindness and compassion our immediate community continues to offer. A special thanks to the three women who helped to keep our business running smoothly:  Executive Assistant Susan Miller, web designer and master Carol Hansen Grey and bookkeeper, Carol Glider.

I would also like to say thank you to the hundreds of people who have offered their condolences with heartfelt words, lovely memories, and sincere concern for me and the girls. Thank you so much for those of you who felt compelled to give a monetary gift, in honor of Richard, to our favorite non-profit organizations. There is great comfort when something good can arise from the pain of losing someone you love.

Kris Carlson