Almanac

News - May 26, 2010

Obituary: Jac' Audiffred, 90-year resident of Woodside, dies

by Dave Boyce

Jacques "Jac'" Audiffred, a resident of Woodside for all but the first three of his 93 years, died in his sleep Saturday, May 15, at his home on Audiffred Lane, relatives said.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Crippen & Flynn Woodside Chapel at 400 Woodside Road in Redwood City. Interment is scheduled for noon the next day, May 26, at Cypress Lawn at 1370 El Camino Real in Colma.

As a boy, according to a 1999 Almanac story by Barbara Wood, Mr. Audiffred led a boy's life for the times: removing residents' gates and burying them as a Halloween prank, spending the day on a homemade raft in a pond off Albion Avenue, getting Depression-era motorists to stop on the chance of acquiring an old car tire (rubber was scarce) that the boys placed in the road but then quickly grabbed and hid in the bushes when the motorist showed signs of stopping.

He was a regular as an older teen with the volunteer fire department, serving as a volunteer for 30 years. He went on to become historian for the Woodside Fire Protection District for 30 years, relatives said.

Mr. Audiffred studied theater at San Mateo College, where he graduated, then attended the University of California at Berkeley until the Army Air Corps drafted him in 1942, relatives said.

The war over, he married Edna Wheeler and began a family in a house on the street where he grew up, and a career as a precision machinist for a defense contractor. In his free time, he grew roses.

In an interview, his children recalled how he would occasionally regale them at dinner with Depression-era stories, such as how to earn a nickel by killing and selling a quail.

Adults who grew up together back then kept in close touch by joining clubs, his children said, and their father was no exception. He belonged to the Woodside/Portola Valley Lions Club, the Peninsula Rose Society, and various Masonic clubs.

Why did Mr. Audiffred stay in Woodside? His respiratory health, his children said. A doctor had recommended the town as a way to avoid the persistent fog in San Francisco, where he was born.

Mr. Audiffred is survived by his son Dean Audiffred of Woodside; and his daughters Beatrice Trask of Newark and Charmaine Klumann of Apache Junction, Arizona.

Donations in Mr. Audiffred's name may be made to the Woodside/Portola Valley Foundation (at the Woodside Fire Protection District) or Pathways Hospice.

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