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Thousands Say Goodbye To Warren Rupf

Retired Contra Costa County Sheriff died of cancer Aug. 9.

Bay City News Service

Several hundred law enforcement officers from throughout the Bay Area were among thousands of people who turned out Thursday morning to honor former Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf at a memorial service in Pleasant Hill.

Rupf, 69, died Aug. 9 after a battle with leukemia. His death came more than a year after his retirement as sheriff, a position he had held for 18 years.

Roughly 2,000 people packed into the Christ the King Church on Brandon Road for the 10 a.m. memorial. Friends, family members and former colleagues watched as Rupf's casket, draped with an American flag, was carried toward the altar.

Retired Undersheriff Ron Jarrell was among those who spoke at the service.

"His value, his energy and his wisdom in addressing statewide law enforcement issues drew him instant credibility from his peers. He was a 'sheriff' in capital letters," Jarrell said.

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Joan Staley August 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I met Sheriff Rupf when I was working at the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in 1998-99, and was very impressed by him. My colleague and I had our picture taken with him, and he made us look like migets! It was on a day in the Board Room celebrating the Sheriff's Dept. from the beginning in Contra Costa Co. I'll always remember him that day in his "Wyatt Earp" outfit (he fit it perfectly) and the genuinely nice man I felt he was. I wish his family and friends my condolences. Sincerely yours, Joan Staley (former Clerk @ Clerk of the Board.
Tom August 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
May he rest in peace and prayers to his family.
Regan Silva October 22, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I know papa that it is hard not having you here! It's hard not getting advice from you when I need it! But I know you are in a better place now and I know you are always in my heart! XOXO- Rea

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