Sadun Tor died suddenly Monday, July 23 while traveling in New Jersey. Duner was born May 28, 1946 in Bethlehem, Pa., to Sadun Tor and Edith Williams Tor. He spent his childhood in Istanbul, Turkey; Wilmington, Del.; and Baltimore, Md. He settled in Charlottesville, Va., married, had children, and in 1983 started Duner's, a renowned Ivy, Va., restaurant, still going strong under its second owner Bob Caldwell. Duner loved trying new things; the family moved to Pass Christian, Miss. (near Duner's beloved New Orleans) and then to Bozeman, Mont., for something completely different. He and his wife came back to Virginia to live in Afton, Va., in 2005.
Duner loved music of all kinds and enjoyed singing and playing with friends John Vespoli, Nick Whitmer, Calvin Satterfield and his son, William Tor. He was an enthusiastic motorcyclist, making many friends riding throughout Europe and the American West. He loved new places and traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe. Duner had many friends who will miss his quick wit, wide knowledge, frank expression and curiosity. Duner was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Deniz Tor.
Duner is survived by his wife of 33 years, Alice; his four children, Maria Henderson (husband, Paul), Eleanor Tor (husband, Jason Lehmann), Anne Tor and William Tor; three grandchildren, William and Samuel Lehmann and Alice Henderson; and his sister, Lisa Tor.
Friends are invited to gather at the Tor home in Afton on Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 26, 2012