Aged 78 years, passed away peacefully at Queen of the Valley Hospital, on March 10, 2018, attended by his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his father, James S. McTaggart, and his mother, Sabina E. McTaggart, nee Sebastiani. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, sons Ian and Alec, daughter Erin, their spouses and partners, Linda, Leigh, and Mike, three grandsons who were the apples of his eye, William, Andrew, and Cameron, and Whoopi, a small, affectionate Goldendoodle.
Some of you knew him as Kenneth, some as Ken, a few, from his childhood, as Kenny.
We knew him as Dad, husband, or “the Nonno Dragon” (to his grandsons). But the one thing everyone knew about him was the enjoyment he got out of working with, and in service to, the people of our amazing community. Whether as a C! aptain in the Army during Vietnam, as a Deputy Sheriff, as a Mayor of Sonoma, as a HAM radio operator who volunteered with the Office of Emergency Services, or as a volunteer docent on the USS Potomac, he was truly thankful to have been part of so many important and helpful organizations. In his professional life, as an attorney for over four decades, he was known for dedicated service, attention to detail, and honesty. A believer his entire life in the liberating power of education on the human psyche, he earned both a Psychology degree, and a Juris Doctorate, from USF. He could be found walking with Pat and their dog, playing bocce or enjoying a coffee in the Plaza, or playing pedro with fri! ends. While f iercely competitive, he found humor in most everything, even himself, and was always quick to crack a joke or pun. A pilot during the war, he continued to fly as a private pilot afterwards. A lover of other cultures, he was very happy to have made many family friends in Italy, Scotland and other places they had traveled, as well as from the Sonoma Sister Cities Association.
No public memorial will be held. Donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Project, or any deserving charity the donor prefers.