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John Kurilich, Jr.

February 3, 1928 - March 14, 2019

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John Kurilich, Jr.

February 3, 1928 – March 14, 2019

Resident of San Leandro, CA


John Kurilich passed away peacefully in Castro Valley, surrounded by his loving family who knew him as Dad, Johnny, Cuz, Uncle John, Grandpa, and Grandpa John. He lived 91 years filled with laughter, family, and friends.  

John was born in Oakland, CA, graduating from Fremont High. He served for two years in the Army, and then attended U.C. Berkley. He graduated from the pharmacy school of the University of Albuquerque at New Mexico, thus beginning his 45-year career as a pharmacist. He was the owner of Bayside Pharmacy in San Leandro for years, before moving to Fremont Rexall Drug and eventually to Thrifty Drugs.

John loved making friends, and made so many with his faithful attendance at the Ligure Club that he was voted in as a full-fledged (non-Italian) member. He was also a member of SIRS, the Fremont High Alumni, and the California Pharmacist Association (CPhA). An avid sports fan who cheered for Cal, the Warriors, the A’s, and the Giants, he also loved horse-racing, jogging, and shooting craps. His family will never forget the sight of him on his 90th birthday, on such a hot streak at the craps table that fellow players were pelting him with twenty-five-dollar chips.

John cherished his family. For many years, he was a devoted care-giver to his aunt, his mother, and his wife, Betty. With the time afforded by his retirement, John immersed himself in the activities of his grandchildren. He loved nothing more than spending time with them and attending their sporting events.

John was preceded in death by Betty, his wife of 47 years, as well as his parents, John and Eleanor Kurilich, and his sisters, Diana Munson and Marie Granzella. He will be deeply missed by his children, Sharon Cramer (Jim), Kevin Kurilich (Jeanne), and Kimberly Conti (Louis), his grandchildren Dean Kurilich, Curtis Conti, and Melanie Conti, his nephews and nieces, and his cousin and best friend, Pete Dragoni. His many friends will always remember his humor, and his warm friendship.

Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing at Grissom’s in San Lorenzo (267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo) on Tuesday, March 19, from 4:00 – 8:00, with the vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass celebrating his life will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (3433 Somerset Avenue, Castro Valley), followed immediately by a reception. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre in Hayward (26320 Mission Blvd, Hayward).In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a charity of your choice.

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Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary Inc.

267 E. Lewelling Blvd.
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
(510) 278-2800

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San Ramon, CA 94583
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Grissom's Crematory, Inc.

267 E. Lewelling Blvd.
San Lorenzo, CA 94580