1952 - 2017

Gordo (Meryl Lee) McComas died peacefully at home in Napa on December 29th, surrounded by his family. He was 65 years old.

He was born in Berkeley on January 22, 1952 to Gordon and Gerry McComas originally from Libby Montana. Gordo is survived by his wife and best friend Lynne’, his son Dillon, both of Napa, his brother Gavin of Eugene and sister Pam of Los Angeles. He was loved and will be missed by extended family and close friends

His family name, ‘Gordo’ was derived from his father’s name Gordon, and from a comic strip character of the same name, a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. The nickname stuck.

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Gordo graduated from Napa High School in 1970 and went on to attend the California School of Art. He was a talented artist who was especially adept at portraiture. He worked as a psych tech at Napa State Hospital for many years, specializing initially in working with deaf adolescents, signing and interpreting for hospital personnel to facilitate communication between the hearing and hearing impaired. It was work that brought him great satisfaction.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.

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