Motorcyclist killed in Cotati crash remembered as caring grandfather

Glen Richard Vierra's grandsons and his motorcycle dominated the photos in his Sebastopol home, a sign of what was most important to him in life.

They represented the three boys born to his only son and the Harley-Davidson Road King he was riding when he lost his life last week.

On Feb. 24, Vierra was astride the Road King en route to work as a welding inspector in San Ramon when a car pulled out of a parking lot and into his path on Highway 116, ending his ride. He was 58.

Vierra spent "my entire life and longer" on a motorcycle, said his son Andrew Vierra, 35.

Andrew said he and his family — wife Kelly and sons Dominic, 9; Daniel, 5; and Logan, 3 — as well as his father's many siblings, were still trying to come to terms with Vierra's death.

"He will be so missed," Andrew said.

Others who may echo the sentiment are those who benefited from his volunteer work with Sonoma County's Food For Thought AIDS food bank and the many veterans to which he gave van rides to Veterans' Administration appointments in San Francisco over the years.

Vierra chuckled with his family about the official "Food Fairy" plaque he once received for making weekly deliveries on behalf of the food bank, but in general he was private about the hundreds of hours he worked on behalf of veterans and people with AIDS, his son said.

"He didn't do it because he wanted people to know," Andrew said. "He just did it because that's what he wanted to do."

Born in Oakland and raised in San Lorenzo, where he graduated from Royal High School in 1971, Vierra was the third of seven children in a family dominated by boys.

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