He's pruning God's roses now
~ Born June 9, 1918 - Died February 27, 2000 ~
Bertram John Dallas, 81, passed away February 27, 2000 at his
home in Napa, California, of cancer. John was a native of San
Francisco who entered active military service in 1938 from the
National Guard. He fought in World War II, at Anzio beachhead,
jumped with the 82nd Airborne in Holland, fought in the Battle
of the Bulge, and in the Korean Conflict, where he was awarded
the Silver and Bronze stars.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Army in 1963, he continued college
for a Bachelor's degree in Vocational Education and a Master's
of Science in rehabilitation counseling. He held numerous teaching
and counseling credentials. John taught in the Napa Valley Unified
School District Experimental Forest, and at Napa and Solano colleges.
Upon moving his family to Mt. George Avenue in Napa, Calif., he turned
this one-and-a-half acre horse pasture into what is today "John's
Rose Garden." He eagerly greeted hundreds of visitors every
rose blooming season when the garden was opened to the public.
On May 6th following John's passing the garden was open to the public
once more in his honor and memory. The event was such a success John's
family decided as long as the garden could be kept up that there will
be a "Memorial Open Garden" each year. The garden will be open one or
two days on a weekend late in April or early May when the garden is in
full bloom and it is at its best. The exact date will be posted here when
it has been set.
Many fellow rose lovers, friends and family members attended the
services for John, which were held March 3, 2000 at Treadway and
Wigger Funeral Chapel in Napa, Calif. All attending agreed that the
Rev. Kenneth Stuckey of Napa Valley Evangelical Free Church did a
wonderful job officiating. Interment was private in the family lot
at Tulocay Cemetery
also in Napa, Calif.