Thursday, September 1, 2016

Terry Dean Pittsford, BHS 1963

Terry Dean Pittsford, passed from this world on March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday, after a short bout with cancer. He was 71.

Terry was born in South Gate, California, on Oct. 16, 1944. In high school, he was bitten by the acting bug, appearing in many productions including The Mikado and The Music Man. After graduation, he worked as an actor and extra in Hollywood, and appeared in an episode of My Three Sons.
He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1965, serving as a combat photographer in Southeast Asia until his honorable discharge in 1968.
In 1973, he relocated to Nevada County, where he opened a restaurant/deli in the old Nevada City Post Office known as Uncle Rumple’s Attic. There are still locals who swear that Pittsford’s generous sandwiches and easy credit saved them from starvation during the lean Nixon years.
Later, Terry would work as a bartender, electrician, sign painter and journalist. He was a reporter for The Nevada City Independent and was co-founder of The Degraders with Bobby Angel during the early days of KVMR. He appeared in the movie “Moonshine County Express,” which was filmed in Nevada County.
Pittsford started his own “computer tutor” business in the nineteen nineties. His photographs appeared in Don Baumgart’s “21 Train Rides From The Past.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Winifred Pittsford.
There will be a memorial gathering to celebrate Terry’s life from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at the Nevada City Veteran’s Hall. Friends are encouraged to bring a potluck dish and stories to share.
The Union, Nevada, serving Western Nevada, April 12, 2016

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