Neighbors of a 49-year-old former UC Berkeley lecturer who died on Dec. 11 after collapsing during the city’s first half marathon on Nov. 24 last night held a silent tribute with lumanarias in the neighborhood he called home.
Speirs, who had been in the hospital since suffering a heart attack while running the marathon, was also an assistant Little League coach locally. “He was a big part of what made our special 2013 team so special,” said Dave Monk who coached Albany Little League AA Red Sox team. “He was super encouraging to all of the kids on the team and was a great dad. A great man.”
Sunday night, the 2300 block of California Street in Berkeley lit up with the soft glow of luminarias in memory of Speirs. Neighbor Phyllis Mace said local residents wanted to “quietly acknowledge the tragedy as a neighborhood.”
Speirs is survived by his wife; two sons; his mother, Joan Speirs; his brothers, Garrett and Dan; and their families.
Memorial services will be held in Berkeley and in Los Angeles in January.
Two Berkeley runners win city’s first half marathon race (11.24.13)