San French

I am sorry to report the passing of my old friend, Sherwin (San) French. (with hat at left) We met in 1970 when he was playing keyboards with the Sacramento heavy metal band, Trakstod. He fell in love with Nevada City and moved here shortly after, first living on Spring Street and later as one of my roomies on High Street. He was a founding member of Carrie Nation and the co-author (with me) of the song “Silver Shells.” After his stint with the Nation he played with Absalom, the Salsa Band and various other musicians. He was also a piano tuner.

Mikail Graham tells me San passed away in his sleep. Condolences to his family and many friends. We will miss you. (Photo: Troy Wenze)

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9 Responses to San French

  1. rl crabb says:

    Siler Shells was written by San and me at the High Street house in 1971…

  2. Charlie Williams says:

    RIP San. Great times and music we made.
    So many memories.
    Take my children home

  3. I never knew the man but I enjoyed his observations here and in occasional letters to The Union.

  4. Susan Dugal says:

    I was a good friend of San’s in the late 60’s and early 70’s but lost touch after that. I am sorry to learn that I missed seeing him one last time. Does anyone have any contact information for his family or a funeral home? Thank you for any information you can give.

  5. Michael Anderson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with San’s kids, family, and friends. RIP San French.

  6. Bob,
    thank you so much for your kind words. Also thank you to all the people who have commented. I am hoping to help Christopher and Hannah prepare some sort of memorial celebration in the spring. San certainly had some great friends. See you soon, Judith

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