The father of Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, died at the age of 84 after a long illness, which was announced on Wednesday.
The Newsom Transition Team issued a statement announcing the death of retired Justice William Alfred Newsom III.
The Newsom family is deeply saddened to announce that the father-fervent environmentalist and retired judge William Alfred Newsom III of the governor-elects died peacefully at 9:59 am this morning in his home in San Francisco.
Justice Justice was a proud, lifelong Californian, an official with a profound performance and a strong voice for individual rights and environmental protection. & # 39;
Retired Justice William Alfred Newsom III, formerly appointed California State Council, died at the age of 84 after a long illness, it was announced on Wednesday
His son, Gavin Newsom, is governor of California. Gavin Newsom left last week with his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, in Sacramento
His death comes less than a month before his son officially becomes the successor of Jerry Brown as 40th governor of California.
Gavin Newsom, the former lieutenant governor and once mayor of San Francisco, occupies the top office in the state on 7 January.
"He may not have been sworn to Gavin. But he saw Gavin elected governor of this state, which was a great source of pride for Billy & # 39 ;, said John Burton, a good friend of William Newsom and former member of the California Congress. .
Brown named Newsom in 1975 at the Placer County Superior Court, during the first term of Brown as governor, and put Newsom later in 1978 at the Court of Appeals. He retired in 1995.
He was an avid advocate for environmental protection and was a member of the board of the Sierra Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the group and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Occasionally, Newsom was limited to the extent that he did his best in environmental protection when serving as a judge, said former Sierra Club director Carl Pope.
His death comes less than a month before his son officially becomes the successor of Jerry Brown as 40th governor of California. Gavin Newsom is seen in good hands shaking with his father after he was sworn in as lieutenant governor in Sacramento on January 10, 2011
He and Newsom were close friends, with Newsom being the best man at Pope & # 39; s wedding.
Besides Gavin, Newsom is survived by a daughter, Hilary.
He and their mother, Tessa Menzies, divorced when Gavin Newsom, 51, was young.
William Newsom made a home in the community of Dutch Flat in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and fell in love with the landscape and nature, said Pope.
It inspired him to help form the Mountain Lion Foundation and led a 1990 vote to ban the hunting of the lions.
& # 39; That was his country, & # 39; said Pope.
During his gubernatorial run, Gavin Newsom said his favorite memories with his father had been spent camping and backpacking along the rivers of California.
His father once had a river otter as a pet, he said. His father also helped shape his views on drug policy and racial justice.
& # 39; He had a great life. He had a tremendous impact on me, "Newsom said.
On the court of appeal, Newsom decided on a variety of privacy rights for HIV-positive health care patients to the liability of the San Francisco 49ers for a player's paralyzing knee injury.
In one prominent case, he ruled the prestigious Bohemian Club, a men's club north of San Francisco that counted Ronald Reagan as a member, could not enforce a ban on hiring women.
In a statement, Brown said that Newsom was an old friend, a champion of the environment, and someone whom I had proudly appointed as a Supreme Court and Appeal Court. & # 39;
Gavin Newsom also served as Mayor of San Francisco. At that time, he was married to Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor in San Francisco and Los Angeles. They would eventually divorce. Guilfoyle is best known as co-host of Fox News. The ex-couple can be seen in 2004 above
Newsom was a close friend of Gordon Getty, son of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, and managed his personal finances. During Gubinatorial of Gavin Newsom, critics wrote him as a son of wealth and privilege because of his connections with the Getty family.
Gordon Getty helped finance Newsom's first wine store in 1992, which later grew into a successful business line.
William Newsom & # 39; s friends said he was thoughtful, witty and good.
Pope, his old friend, remembered that Newsom was even looking for ways to prevent boredom during his frequent rides from the foothills to San Francisco for court hearings.
Sometimes he placed a poetry bundle on the steering wheel to read while driving.
After he learned that, Pope joked that he never wanted to share the highway again with Newsom.
& # 39; He had a very, very active mind, & # 39; said Pope.