Gerald Roger Golla
Class of 1954


©Published on Friday, November 29, 2002

Gerald Roger Golla

Gerald Golla Gerald Roger Golla, 66, a Quincy resident since 1989, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002 at SunBridge, in Quincy, after a two-year battle with lung cancer. The only child of George and Eleanor Golla, he was born in Strongfield, Saskatchewan, Canada, April 10, 1936, and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1952. They settled in Oakland, and he graduated from Oakland High School in 1954. He graduated from Oakland Junior College in 1956, and from the UC-Berkeley in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in criminology. He then entered the U.C. Hastings College of Law and obtained his law degree (juris doctor) in 1961. He was admitted to the California State Bar in January 1962, joined the Benicia law firm of Winters and Winters and later affiliated with O.F. Fenstermacher in Pittsburg. He was appointed City Attorney for Pittsburg, in Contra Costa County, in 1967. He left in 1971 to affiliate with Antioch City Attorney Michael Huffaker and work in civic practice there. He established a private practice in Pittsburg in 1972, specializing in criminal and family law. He served as Judge Pro Tem, in the then-Delta Municipal Court in Pittsburg, to Judges Gerald Belleci and Manuel Rose from 1981-84. He retired in 1986, and moved to Quincy in 1989. He was a member of the Quincy Sport Shooting Association. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed shooting, tinkering around the house, talking politics, and swapping stories and jokes over coffee with the early crowd at Perko's Caf in Quincy. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; three children from a previous marriage, Tina Wynn of Concord, Vince Golla of San Ramon, and Kelly Skeaton of Sacramento; and six grandchildren. At his request, no services were held. The family prefers donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.