Roche, a retired hospital manager, and her daughter, former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Suzy Loftus, met Roche seven years ago when they saw him at what had become his regular daily hangout - a milk crate at the corner of Octavia and Hayes streets.
was always there on that crate listening to baseball games with a little portable radio," said Loftus
got into Laguna Honda
, the gruff of the streets came off and the warmth came out," said Loftus
When the Medical Examiner's Office could find no kin to claim his
got permission from the city to step in. Between her
family and friends, including several police officers, she
was able to quietly raise $2,100 to have Kern's body cremated at a Daly City mortuary and the ashes will be privately scattered at sea.
When the boat chugs out sometime in the next week or so, she
family will be on it.
"The way Bernie lived, and the way Laguna Honda took care of him, to me, show the value and the dignity of human life," Loftus