Edmond M. ROOT


ROOT, Edmond M. 85, died at 2 am, June 20, 2014, of complications arising from Alzheimer's. A man of many qualities, handsome both in youth and old age, he was called a Renaissance man who retained his youthful curiosity about philosophies, cultures and religions. He was born and lived in Amsterdam, Holland until 1947 when he emigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen after suffering through the years of Nazi occupation in Holland. He joined the U.S. Air Force serving four years during the Korean War. After his service he joined the Borg Warner Corp. and became manager of various international distribution operations. During 18 years with BW, he and his wife Phyllis travelled extensively worldwide and lived in Singapore; Zurich, Switzerland; and Heidelberg, Germany. The couple returned to the U.S. in 1970 and moved to LaJolla, CA. They were married for 64 years. Phyllis is a retired stock broker. In the 70's, Ed opened his own business and became a graduate gemologist appraising gems for value and validity. He co-authored a book about jade with John Y. Ng, titled "Jade for You". The book is still used to this day by teachers, dealers and traders in jade. He was predeceased by his sister, Marina Salz who sponsored his U.S. citizenship. She came to the U.S. in 1939 having been prima ballerina with the famous Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He was also predeceased by his brother, Jan Roothooft. Ed's father, a cigarette manufacturer, died in 1936 when Ed was only 8 years old. His mother died in a Dutch-provided nursing home apartment in 1982. His survivors include his wife, Phyllis; brother-in-law, Ronald E. Roy; two nephews, Andre and Marc Salz of Pennsylvania; four nieces from Florida, Sheri Brown, Suzanne Thompson, Lorraine Rhodes, Jean Grose; and nephew, Terrell Ray. Also surviving are his Dutch cousins, Henry Niewenhuis and Juliet Lampe and Marie Anne Van Strydonck of Belgium. He will be interred at a date to be announced at Sarasota National Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Stowers Funeral Home - Brandon StowersFH.com


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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 3, 2014