Corky George Vaara

February 18, 1946 - February 28, 2013
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Corky passed away surrounded by family and friends after a battle with cancer. He leaves behind brothers Rick Alcaraz and Alfred Delgado; nephews Tommy Gerk, Stephen Alcaraz, Dave Crews and Ray Avalos; nieces Kristen Lackey and Alisa Gerk and groupies Margie Granger and Lonnie Alcaraz. A longtime employee of the The Grateful Dead and member of UA Local 342, Corky will be remembered as a motorcycle and car enthusiast who loved football and music.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 3-8pm with a vigil service at 6:30pm at Sunset View Mortuary, junction of Fairmount and Colusa Ave.’s in El Cerrito. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 8 at 11am at the same location with interment to follow.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 am

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: February 18, 1946
Died: February 28, 2013

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The staff of Sunset View Mortuary.


Jimmy Mack posted on 3/15/13

Rest in Peace Cork. Ride the wind and chase the sunsets.


jim custer posted on 3/8/13

It was a pleasure to know you and ride wuth you good bye my friend


Jack and Gwen Ahart posted on 3/8/13

We will see you down the road. RIP


melissa raizene posted on 3/8/13

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Corky was an amazing man, it was an honor to have known him.


susanne petty posted on 3/6/13

he was always a good friend and i will miss him.


Sheri Mendoza posted on 3/6/13

Hey Corky, I love you! You were a good room mate back in the day. I could talk to you about anything, you would listen and give advise. I miss you and hope you are with Angelo and Marty and happy as hell. Love, Sheri


Wizard posted on 3/5/13

Corky... Ride the endless road now... Say hey to "A" and sail on...


BUCKY posted on 3/5/13