HARD Honors Two Men Who Served Valley | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:46

 

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Two prominent Castro Valley men, Harry Francis and Dr. Russell Hackler, will be honored posthumously by the Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) during a special luncheon on Friday.

 

Francis, who served the community in a number of roles for over half a century, died this past Nov. 4 at age 79. For the past 17 years he had been a member of the Castro Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors, where he was known for his friendly and honest disposition.

 

Francis also served on the HARD board in 1995 and 1996 and was recognized for his service during the district’s Dec. 17 meeting in a resolution that was presented to his wife, MaryAnn Francis.

 

Dr. Hackler, whose practice at Castro Valley’s Grove Way Veterinary Hospital spanned more than 40 years, was killed on Nov. 23 when the plane he was piloting crashed in Calaveras County.

 

Dr. Hackler had donated thousands of hours to many volunteer endeavors including the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, Friends of the Fairmont Animal Shelter, 4-H, and Dusty Paws Rescue. He also gave his time and resources to the Flying Doctors or Mercy, flying medical supplies and doctors to a free clinic in El Puerte, Mexico.



 

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