North Richmond mourns passing of Corrine Sain, celebrates her legacy

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North Richmond mourns passing, celebrates legacy, of Corrine Sain
Photos courtesy of Supervisor John Gioia's Office.

The North Richmond community is mourning the recent passing of a local icon, Corrine Sain.

Affectionately known as Ms. Corrine, Sain was surrounded by loved ones when she died in her North Richmond home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 6, according to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s Office. She was 84.

Sain was the tireless, longtime manager of the senior center at 515 Silver Ave. in North Richmond, which was renamed in her honor during a 2022 tribute attended by hundreds of community members.

At the renaming event, officials with the Community Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit provider of affordable housing, said Sain worked tirelessly to shift stereotypes surrounding aging, and to encourage aging adults to embrace their older years by leading a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle while contributing to their communities.

Sain’s work helped to establish the center as a hub of connection for critical services and community partnerships. Under her leadership, the center became a gathering place for people to socialize, build bonds, enjoy life and to also discuss plans to improve the community in earshot of community leaders.

Sain served North Richmond in various capacities since the 1960s, including as an employee of the acclaimed Neighborhood House of North Richmond, according to Gioia’s office. She raised several generations of family in the community.

“I have known Ms. Corrine since 1999,” Gioia said. “She was kind, loving and quietly powerful. She was truly the Queen of North Richmond.”

Sain is deserving of the royal title given her “name prompted people to speak in reverential tones,” states Robert Rogers, district coordinator for Supervisor Gioia’s office, in this tribute in the Richmond Pulse.

Rogers said Sain kept him informed on community happenings, concerns and those in need of assistance. He noted she would stay late, without pay, to ensure North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council meetings could be held in the center.

“She pushed us all to get better and more nutritious foods to the center for local seniors, and to beautify the facility,” he said. “North Richmond residents deserved a state-of-the-art center, she insisted.”

Rogers added that Sain had “a servant’s heart.”

Community members have two upcoming opportunities to pay their respects to Sain. A memorial viewing will take place from 11-4 p.m.  on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Fouche’s Funeral Hudson Home, 3665 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. Then on Thursday, Jan. 25, a viewing and service will be held starting at 9 a.m. (service begins at 11 a.m.) at Davis Chapel CME Church, 369 Chesley Ave. in Richmond.