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Friends of the late state Sen. John Vasconcellos have organized a public memorial service for Saturday, June 21 at the Mission Church at Santa Clara University.

The service begins at 9 a.m., said Ken Patterson, a former Vasconcellos chief of staff. More information about the event is available here.

Also, there will be a Capitol memorial service in the Senate chambers at 3 p.m. on June 11. Former colleagues of Vasconcellos, such as John Burton and Willie Brown, are expected to be among the speakers.

Other events are in the works, Patterson said. They include a private service in Maui, where Vasconcellos lived much of the year. His ashes will be dispersed there, Patterson said.

In addition, some Japanese leaders in the South Bay are talking about holding a service to honor Vasconcellos, who carried 2001 legislation to help preserve California's Japantown neighborhoods.

Vasconcellos died May 24 after leaving a San Jose hospital for hospice care. He was 82.

Editor's note: This post was updated at 6:50 p.m. on June 2 to include information about a Capitol memorial to Vasconcellos.

PHOTO: Former state Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, makes a telephone call from the floor of the Senate chambers in February 2003, during his final term in the Legislature. The Sacramento Bee / Dick Schmidt


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