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Warren Wiseman

June 15, 2015


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WISEMAN, Warren “Pete” Lister A great husband, friend, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on June 15, 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA. Born in San Francisco on February 29, 1924, he was a leap year baby and a life-long resident of California. He resided in San Francisco for over 42 years before he moved his family to a country setting in Sebastopol, CA. Pete worked continuously up until the loss of his lifelong companion Shirley Wiseman in 2012 and spent the latter years of their life together in Oakmont, Santa Rosa, CA. Pete’s youth was spent immersed in the arts. Hailing from a line of vaudevillian actors, as a young boy he would routinely play small parts in his grandmother’s stage productions. He loved to gleefully tell the story of getting to die onstage as the poisoned boy. However, a musician at heart, violin lessons started at the age of three, cello at six and he finally choose his instrument of choice, the bass, at age 13. One of his proudest moments was winning “The Californian Music Award” at age five; taking home a violin which he kept as his prize possession for 60 years. When World War II broke out, he happily joined the merchant marines and saw virtually every piece of real estate on the planet. Upon returning home, he married Shirley Greer in 1946. During his San Francisco years, Pete ran an auto repair business during the day and played bass for the Ray Hackett Orchestra and other well-known bands during the evenings. Much to the delight of his children, he also played for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Grand National Rodeo for many years. He especially had fond memories of his trio playing at the Ahwahnee Hotel for a winter season. Notably, he also played at the 1964 Republican Convention and was in the back-up band during the last Beatles concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park. He even played on the first album by the late Kate Wolf, a longtime friend. His love of music followed him to Sebastopol, where he joined the Santa Rosa Symphony and was principal bass player until retirement. For many years, he was the proud owner of the Exxon Station on Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa and a faithful member of St. Sebastian’s Church in Sebastopol, CA. Pete was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley G. Wiseman. He is survived by his four children, Tony Wiseman, Kent Wiseman, Bruce Wiseman and Victoria Todd, eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and an overwhelming number of friends and colleagues too numerous to count. His words of wisdom, often said “Plan for the future by staying in school, get an education and follow your dreams.” He will be dearly missed by all.