June 10, 2016

Richard Mann -- January 21, 1933 - May 6, 2016

(George) Richard Mann of Novato, California, passed away at home on Friday, May 6, 2016. Born on January 21, 1933 in San Francisco, California to George M. and Vivian Mann, Richard lived most of his life in San Francisco and Marin County. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1950, and went on to receive his Bachelor 's Degree in Economics at Stanford University in 1954. He served in the United States Navy, and then came home to work for his father's business, Redwood Theatres, Inc. He took the helm of the family business in 1963.

Richard married Katheryn Jensen in 1955, and was an amazing and inspiring father to their children: Randall Bechler, Michael Bechler, Leilani (Mann) Solheim , George M. Mann, and Lydia M. Mann, and their spouses. Each of them will hold him in their hearts forever. He was also beloved by his 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren who will always remember him as their "Gumby". He leaves behind his cherished companion of 31 years, Linda Giovannini, and his sisters Vivian Barry and Diana Gilman, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Richard was a passionate and educated man who loved sailing, traveling, skiing, historical books, classic automobiles, airplanes, ships, movies, good food, and especially Coca-Cola.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Variety Children's Charity or Leukemia And Lymphoma Society .

The family wishes to thank the Visiting Angels for their loving and compassionate care during his final weeks.

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