If you think his obituary will be in a San Bernardino County newspaper, thee is an obituary volunteer for that county at www.gengathering.com
. You do need to create a user ID and password to enter the web site but access to the volunteer info IS free.
Contact the San Bernardino Library, www.sbcity.org/cityhall/library/default.asp
If you think the obituary would be in the San Francisco newspapers, there are two volunteers at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obitl/volc...
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