This Book of Memories memorial website is designed to be a permanent tribute paying tribute to the life and memory of Senator Wadie P Deddeh. It allows family and friends a place to re-visit, interact with each other, share and enhance this tribute for future generations. We are both pleased and proud to provide the Book of Memories to the families of our community.

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Richard Paff

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary-Lynn and family during this time of transition. My wife, Nancy, and I have great memories of times with Wadie and Mary-Lynn. I was privileged to be on the same school faculty as Mary-Lynn for many years.(Hilltop Middle School). The Deddehs often hosted faculty parties in their home in Bonita which were enjoyed by all who attended. My favorite memory of Wadie was in 1987 when our family was on a camping trip. We passed through Sacramento and decided to show our kids (ages 7 and 10) the state capitol building. We were able to find Senator Deddeh and he was kind enough to spend a few minutes explaining to our kids how the legislature works. Then it was time for the Senate to be in session and Wadie invited us to sit in a special visitor section on the main floor. He escorted us there and we saw a sign over the door, "Coat and Tie required". I stopped and asked him if it was OK for us to enter, because we were dressed for camping (shorts and t-shirts). He told us it would be OK and that if anyone said anything about our clothes to tell them to see him about it. Wadie was involved in the floor debate (They were discussing an Education Bill) and after he spoke he would come over to our kids and explain what was happening...A great memory! I am a life long Republican and Wadie Deddeh is the only Democrat I have ever voted for. (And no, I didn't and won't vote for Trump). If all Democrats were like Senator Deddeh, I would be a Democrat. May God grant peace and grace during this time to the family and all those knew and enjoyed the friendship of Wadie Deddeh.
Saturday August 31, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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