By Jane Northrop
Noel Blincoe, 79, an active member of the Pacifica Open Space and Parkland Committee and other local grassroots organizations over the years to preserve open space and habitat, died due to complications from a fall, said his wife, Frances.
“It was Sept. 9, the day we didn’t have the sun,” she said. “He had been in a board-and-care home in San Bruno from the fall he had in February.”
Born Dec. 29, 1940, in San Francisco at St. Mary’s Hospital he was a San Franciscan through and through, growing up in Noe Valley and graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1958.
He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in Tennessee where he met his future wife Frances. They met in a church in Memphis in 1959 and were married on May 19, 1961.
The couple lived in Guam and then Coronado Island where Blincoe was stationed for the Navy until 1966.
He earned some college credits while in the San Diego area. Once discharged, he earned a bachelor’s degree in math from San Francisco State University in 1967. That was followed by a master’s degree in philosophy from UC-Davis in 1972.
They moved to Pacifica in July 1973, settling not too far away from the San Francisco city he loved. He was hired out of UC-Davis to join General Electric as a biomedical engineer. In 1976, he was employed by Kaiser to work as a biomedical engineer. He stayed with Kaiser for 25 years. Frances worked as a clerk for the federal government.
He began his deep involvement with environmental causes in Pacifica in 1980, when the Connemara development was first proposed for Milagra Ridge. The original proposal would have built many more homes, all at three stories high, on that hillside. In the end, only 26 homes were built. Blincoe formed the grassroots organization, Friends of Manor, with Pete De Jarnatt and Leo Leon to fight that project.
From there he was a tireless advocate for more open space, more trails and more bird habitat. He was a longtime member of the Open Space and Parkland Committee, Pacifica Environmental Family, and Shorebird Alliance.
He became a frequent public speaker at City Council meetings and planning commission meetings opposing projects that had the potential to damage Pacifica’s beauty and environmental sensitivity.
Those projects included two off Fassler Avenue – Harmony @ 1 and the one that was intended for a bowl area across the street.
With Victor Carmichael, Blincoe became involved in opposing any development in the areas known as the Fish and the Bowl.
He worked hard to keep Mori Point open and to turn it into parkland under the auspices of GGNRA. He also opposed any development proposal for the Quarry, hoping it would stay open space. He successfully advocated for more open space in the Pedro Point Headlands.
He loved reading early English literature. His hobbies included camping, hiking and skiing.
“He was always out doing something,” said Frances.
He and Frances attended Hope United Methodist Church in South San Francisco.
They have two children, Michael (Peggy Frost) and Richard (Kim Totten) Blincoe, two grandchildren, Kimmie and Kevin. He is survived by a sister, Beverly (Bill) Menicucci, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Pacifica’s Chapel by the Sea. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Hope UMC in South San Francisco, Pacifica Environmental Family or Shorebird Alliance at 1135 Palou Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044.
(Jane Northrop can be reached at email@example.com)