May 22, 2022

Former San Pablo Mayor Joe Gomes dies after fall

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SAN PABLO — Former Mayor Joe Gomes died Oct. 23 after falling the week before, his granddaughter confirmed Friday.

Gomes was 101.

Gomes lived alone. He fell in his home on Oct. 16 and was transported first to Kaiser  Permanente Medical Center in Richmond, and eventually to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, said his granddaughter, Rose Helms of Benicia.

On Oct. 22, Gomes was transferred to a convalescent home in El Sobrante, where, the following day, Oct. 23, “he passed peacefully in his sleep,” Helms said.

Gomes was a 1936 graduate of Richmond Union High School and was a longtime employee of the American Standard plumbing fixtures plant in San Pablo.

Gomes was 60 when he was appointed to an open City Council seat in 1977 and served on the council for more than two decades, including seven terms as mayor. He did not run for reelection in 2008.

He was honored with a gala birthday gathering at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Richmond on turning 100 in 2016.

At the celebration Gomes recalled that then-unincorporated San Pablo was part of “a rural district with a lot of open fields and open space.”

The town was home to an early airport and once had a bullfighting ring, he said.

“There were only about a thousand people and most of them were Portuguese farmers and dairymen,” he said.

Gomes in 1998 was lauded for his long devotion to public service by Congressman George Miller on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I know of no other person who has had such an all-encompassing influence on his community,” Miller said in his tribute. “Joe’s name is synonymous with the city he represents, and he cannot be denied the moniker, ‘Mr. San Pablo.’ Through his selfless service and tireless involvement, Joe has personally touched the life of each and every resident of San Pablo.”

Gomes’ memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Holy Angels chapel at St. Joseph Cemetery, 2540 Church Lane in San Pablo.

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