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Edward T. Reynolds

June 25, 1929 — July 4, 2024

Edward (Bud) Thomas Reynolds passed away at home due to causes from a long life well lived at the age of 95 on July 4 th 2024.

Edward was born on June 25, 1929, in Prescott, Arizona. He was adopted by Tom and Daisy Reynolds and raised along with an adopted brother and sister, Robert and Ann. As a child “Bud” lived in Santa Monica then La Canada, California, where Tom Reynolds was an attorney in the early days of Hollywood.

During WW II, Bud lived at various Naval facilities around the US as the family followed the deployments of T. M. Whelan, Daisy’s second husband, which culminated as Commander of the Tillamook Naval Air Station in Oregon. After the war they returned to La Canada.

In the spring of 1952, Edward graduated from USC with a BA in History and began work in finance. He started with the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, then Blyth & Company, Inc., finally establishing an extensive career of investment banking with the Bank of California, where he rose to Vice President.

In 1953 Ed met his future wife, Patricia Sorensen, at a USC sorority function. They were married on November 17, 1956, settled in Pasadena, CA, and began raising a family that ultimately included seven children of their own, James, Ann, Andrew, Terence, John, Rosemary, and Sarah, plus the associated posse of neighbor kids who showed up at dinner time.

In 1962, as the family quickly outgrew their Pasadena digs, Ed and Pat bought their first home, in Altadena, CA. In 1969, when the Bank transferred Ed to the Portland branch, they moved the family to West Linn, OR. They moved back to California again, to Moraga, in 1976, when the Bank promoted Ed to the San Francisco head office. In April of 1993, Ed retired. Faced with an empty nest, he and Pat moved and built a new home on Bainbridge Island, WA, where their three daughters lived.

A devout Catholic, Ed passionately loved family more than anything else – except possibly for the USC Trojan football team and woodworking tools. He learned to enjoy the outdoors during a summer stint on college break as a fire lookout for the Forest Service in Southern Oregon. Ed later mentored his respect for nature on annual adventure road- trips, where he taught his children to camp and fish.

Ed also loved a good gin and tonic (Bombay, please), stocked a robust wine cellar, and hosted an ongoing, moveable feast he shared with friends and family at home, dining out, in Hawaii, or Japan, or on float-plane fishing trips to Rainbow Lodge in British Columbia. He was a Master Builder of friendship and of family who never missed an opportunity to gather us up and celebrate our moment in life.

Edward is survived by his wife Patricia, seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and, so far, eight great-grandchildren.

 An announcement will be provided for a future memorial service once a date is established to be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA.

Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA.


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