a working man in Goodview
Stuart Righter
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 15, 1951
  • Place of birth:
    United States
  • Date of passing: May 21, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Santa Rosa, California, United States
Stu Righter ... one of God's most original creations.


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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ed Hazelwood on 16th August 2016

"You're still younger than me Sturdy!  About two weeks ago I was going thru old notes and letters I keep tucked away in my magic footlocker. Low and behold there was a letter from you that you wrote me when you were out cooking on that tugboat. I laughed my ass off at some of what you wrote. Can't repeat it here. As always my man! Love you!"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Gillick on 15th August 2016

"Happy birthday, Stu! Richard and I think of you often and really miss you, dear friend! Looking at the night sky, we imagine you surveying the constellations!"

This tribute was added by Gary O'Connor on 15th August 2016

"Happy birthday, bro! Say 'Hi!' to everybody I'd know up there, eh?"

This tribute was added by Pete Jackson on 15th August 2016

"Happy Birthday my dear old friend.

Your guitar sits in my living room. Hardly a day passes without me strumming it and thinking of you. Remembering days past where we would play for hours. Your love for knowledge was an inspiration. Your passion for life too. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Art Gambini on 1st June 2016

"I have the pleasure of reviewing Stu's field notes, sketches and office maps on a regular basis here at Ray Carlson's office where Stu graced us all with his unlimited energy and excitement about all surveying aspects, life and music. He will always remain close to my heart as I recall all the adventures we had working together in the field and office.
Carry on Stu with that big survey in the heavens.    Art Gambini"

This tribute was added by Jo Stuart(Josie) Pais on 22nd May 2016

"My dad, C. Frederick Grover, was Aunt Jo's brother.  I have fond memories of when we all lived together in Alexandria, VA, when Uncle Hall was deployed to Japan.  Stuart was such a sweet little boy who stole my heart, have always loved my cousin and always will.
Jo Stuart Grover Pais(Josie)"

This tribute was added by margaret Henschel on 21st May 2016

"One year since one of my favorite Leos stopped roaring and blessing us with his majestic presence. I had a dream about Sturdy the other nite,we were laughing and having fun as usual! I won't say rest in peace to you Stu,but enjoy your change of state with gusto!"

This tribute was added by Phil Danskin on 21st May 2016

"Wow!  Just THIS week, I thought . . . "Oh shit, Stu!  You could help find the buried bones for my client."  Your survey buddies miss you dearly, Stu.  You have impacted all our lives and hopefully have instilled the appreciation for history that you had/have!  Send us a "sign" from up there on our next research project in the form of direction: "No!  Look there!"  And show Jas Arnold the ropes up there!  

Phil Danskin - Sonoma"

This tribute was added by Gary O'Connor on 21st May 2016

"Weird.... I was at Carlson's today and thought of Stu. Miss his chats at our counter. That cat forgot more than I learned....."

This tribute was added by shannon hughes on 13th June 2015

"I am so very sorry to hear about Stuart. I didn't know him well but I love looking through his pictures and hearing about what a wonderful and unique person he was. My father (Grover) always spoke so highly of him and I know he will be missed terribly.  Much peace and love to all those affected by his loss. ♡"

This tribute was added by Jim Doolittle on 2nd June 2015

"Sturdy... you were my longest standing friendship for over fifty years.    Memories of shared events, camping, hiking, sharing, living together.   Really glad for phone conversations, thought you were over the hump and on the rebound.  Love you my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Grover Righter on 29th May 2015


This tribute was added by Walter Moody on 29th May 2015

"Stu lives on in all of us he cared to spend time with and yes he knew how to spend time. Sincere, zealous, talented, caring and intelligent. I worked many years with Stu at Ray's and we learned a great deal from each other through respect and humor. Coordinates, GPS, GIS, datums, conversions, hardware, software, methods, history, stars, field and office were some of the professional passions and pains we shared. My condolences to his family and my hope for those seeds he planted in all of us to grow."

This tribute was added by Robert Curtis on 28th May 2015

"I chose to "Light a Candle" because Stu was always in good spirits and our long discussions on surveying and related history were always enlightening and enjoyable.  I have been enriched by knowing him.  God Bless him."

This tribute was added by Susan Ruschmeyer on 27th May 2015

"Very saddened to hear of Stu's passing. I still wear the hand-tooled survey belt that he made for me when we worked together. A big man with a huge heart and intellect, and endless curiosity. RIP Stu"

This tribute was added by Theresa Cook on 27th May 2015

"Too many emotions to write coherently even after these several days of contemplation.  The world is less without Stu and his intelligent good humor.   Tanya and I walk around in a daze; looking at photos, reading old letters, sharing stories of Stu from decades and mere months ago.  More later as the ache subsides - if it ever does.  TLC"

This tribute was added by Art Gambini on 27th May 2015

"It has been a privilege and honor to work with Stu as a survey field crew partner, employer, and fellow committee member in CLSA since 1990.
I will miss his excitement and dedication to the surveying community, his professional and personal friends, and his never ending quest to preserve the history of surveying records and past surveyors for all of us.
Art Gambini"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Gillick on 26th May 2015

"Rest in peace, dear friend. We will miss having dinner and attending shows at WFC with you and Sharon.

Cynthia and Richard"

This tribute was added by Michael Ford on 26th May 2015

Farwell my friend.  The Sonoma County land surveying community will miss you.  I'm not able to attend the celebration but my thoughts and prayers are with you.  Sonoma County CLSA won't be the same without you.

Mike F."

This tribute was added by Phil Danskin on 26th May 2015

"Damn!  Bad, bad news!  Not only is the surveying community going to miss him, but also the Historical Society.   That dawg could hunt.   And find he did.  

To all his friends and family - most sincere sympathies.  Unfortunately, I can not attend, as this is "my weekend" to mother-sit.  Please give hugs from Danskin!"

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Ed Hazelwood
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