Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 06:21:52 :
Monday, February 17, 1964
William James Gande of Mill Valley, an importer-exporter in China for many years, died yesterday following a heart attack at his home at 235 West Blithedale Avenue. He was 78.
Gande was born and reared in Shanghai, a member of an old English family that arrived in China from London in 1863. His father established the family firm of Gande, Price, Ltd. in Shanghai in 1892.
At the turn of the century Gande spent several years in California and was in San Francisco during t he 1906 earthquake and fire.
He was a political prisoner in Shanghai for over three and one-half years in World War II, jailed by the Japanese. He received the king of Englandís commendation for his war service.
Gande returned to California about 1947 and resided in Marin County 16 years, first in San Rafael and, for the past eight years, in Mill Valley.
He was an avid sportsman, belonged to 23 clubs in Shanghai, and had won many cups for his skills in such sports as skeet shooting, golf, rowing, horseback riding, bowling and billiards.
Gande and his wife flew to Hong Kong last December to visit old China friends and spent Christmas there.
He is survived by his wife, Valentine; a son, William Gande of Kentfield; a stepdaughter, Virginia, of San Marino, Los Angeles County; a stepson, Leon, of Montreal, Canada; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Russell and Gooch Mortuary, Mill Valley. The family requests that tributes be contributions to the Marin County Heart Assn.
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