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Edward Charles Thor

Ed Thor, beloved husband, step-dad and friend passed away on Friday, Dec. 2. Ed died of Alzheimer's at age 66. Throughout his life and even during his illness, Ed lived his life with grace, love and dignity.

Ed was a passionate outdoorsman who loved the beauty of nature. He loved his garden, and was a sailor, bicyclist, skier and avid hiker.
Ed was a native Californian, born at Kaiser hospital in Oakland and raised in Orinda. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley. Ed's Ph.D. was in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. Ed began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and taught at Cal in economics, environmental policy and computers. He authored many journal articles and technical reports. Ed was later the vice president of finance of Tri Valley Growers in San Francisco, with responsibilities including international development, technical assistance and training in Poland, Bulgaria, the Baltics and parts of the Soviet Union. Ed later served the chief financial officer of Corn Nuts and facilitated the sale of the business to Nabisco. Ed completed his career as chief operating officer at Mozzarella Fresca and helped facilitate the sale of the company to the largest cheese company in the world, Lactalis of France.

Ed will be remembered as a beautifully complex man, generous of mind and spirit. He will be celebrated for his quiet warmth, deep kindness, his wry wit and wisdom. He is survived by his wife, Dana, stepdaughters and son in laws: Christina and Sam Cece, Theresa and Jeff Eaton, Drs. Kathleen and Jon Weiss, and grandchildren Samantha and Alexandra Cece, Ben Weiss, and Grayson Eaton, along with his extended family, brothers and sisters-in-law Drs. Eric and Janet Thor, Dr. Peter and Karen Thor, Drs. Ann Thor and Stuart Lind and numerous nieces and nephews. Ed leaves a legacy of love, laughter and amazing memories.

Ed's family extends much gratitude to Hospice by the Bay and its amazing staff and volunteers. We give thanks for the caring and compassion of the staff at Bello Gardens. We also thank our wonderful friends for their love and support over the past seven years.

A private service will be held to celebrate Ed's life. Donations in Ed's honor can be sent to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake, Larkspur, Calif. 94939, www.hbtb.org or to the Alzheimer's Association — North Bay, 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite D, 314 San Rafael, Calif. 94903 or www.alznorcal.org. Ed donated his brain to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center for Alzheimer's research.

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