Anthony Emil Vedrich|
Anthony Emil Vedrich passed away peacefully at home on January 27, 2014 surrounded by family. Tony was born September 28, 1933 to Joseph and Mandalina Vedrich in San Francisco, California. Tony is survived by his wife of 43 years Lucy, daughters Lisa (Jim) and Amanda, and grandsons Sam and Eli. He is also survived by brothers Mario (Arlene) and David (Susan) and nieces Darce, Stacie and Natasha. Tony went to Korea in 1950 to serve his country in the Army. He returned to San Francisco where he attended San Francisco State University. He began working for Olivetti Corporation in 1960 selling office equipment. He travelled the United States and made many lifelong friends during his tenure. He also met Lucy during that time and they started their family in San Francisco before moving to Mercer Island in 1974 when Tony became the Olivetti Branch Manager in Seattle. When asked to go to Italy to assist in developing a personal computer he declined because he felt there was no future for such a device. Subsequently, computer software became a passion and he performed beta testing for Microsoft. At that time he left Olivetti and turned his sales expertise to Real Estate. Through the years he worked at John L. Scott Real Estate and for a time ventured out and started Bruch and Vedrich, which expanded to nine offices. Through the years Tony worked as an agent, broker, and manager, but his most important role was as a mentor and friend. Tony also was an active member of the Mercer Island Rotary Club where he had perfect attendance for 32 years. He was in charge of their directory and newsletter for many years, and was a past president and board member. Tony was an active member of the local community and Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
A Memorial Service will be held for Tony on Tuesday, February 4th at Mercer Island's Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Mercer Island, WA 98040 or Emmanuel Endowment Fund, 4400 86th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 2, 2014