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Cederlind, Thomas 56 Aug. 09, 1959 Dec. 16, 2015 Thomas Bentley Cederlind passed away Dec. 16, 2015, in Portland. He was a highly renowned numismatist and historical scholar, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman history and artifacts. As such, he traveled extensively thro- ughout Europe and the U.S. Born and raised in Bellingham, Wash., Tom subsequently moved to Portland and attended Lewis & Clark College, ultimately graduating magna cum laude from Pomona College in Pomona, Calif. in 1986. The youngest of four brothers, Tom's passing was a major and unexpected loss. His surviving family includes his son, Leif Spenser Broncova Cederlind; and brothers, Jim and Gary. Tom is in our prayers and remains in our hearts. The loss of our loving brother will be felt for a long time to come. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, with a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at Westford Funeral Home in Bellingham. A reception and burial will follow. View the complete obituary and share memories at: westfordfuneral home.com.

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Published in The Oregonian from Dec. 24 to Dec. 27, 2015.
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December 19, 2019
Now...2019. So strong, so handsome, so deeply loved.
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
Spouse
December 19, 2019
When he was 2
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Spouse
December 19, 2019
Last year, winter 2018 Edinburgh Scotland
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Spouse
December 19, 2019
2018 Panicale Castle, ITALY
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
Spouse
December 19, 2019
Dearest...our little man is growing up so beautifully.... I pray you watch over him and see him now. So sweet, so kind hearted. So much like you... we all miss you and talk about you every day. I talk to you still, but then, you know that.
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
Spouse
April 18, 2019
Dealt with Tom a bit through the years. I found him very unusual for a coin dealer as he like to talk with collectors about coins. A pleasure to do business with.
John Krawczyk
Acquaintance
September 24, 2017
Tom & I had offices in Union Station at the same time for 20+ years. Sometimes, when we left at 3-4am, it seemed like he and I were the only people in the place. "I'm shocked" is all I can say.
July 11, 2017
Memories...
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
March 5, 2017
He was an honest dealer and person, he will be sadly missed.....Len Gitner
December 17, 2016
I recently read in the Lewis and Clark alumni magazine that Tom passed away last December. Tom was a fine friend and I was saddened to hear the news. I met Tom the first day of college at Lewis and Clark in the four-person dorm room we shared that first quarter. I had my cassette deck and rock and roll tapes, Tom had his old turntable and albums of Roman marches. We had many animated discussions about the quality and merits of our musical tastes and learned a great deal from each other music and otherwise. We'd get together regularly in the years after college and we always picked up right where we left off. It was only in the last ten years that we lost touch. Tom was intelligent, witty, a great listener, generous with his time, and possessed a keen sense of humor. We shared many laughs and insights into life that I will always remember.
Lawrence Dolton
December 17, 2016
Tom in Portland, late 1990's
Lawrence Dolton
December 15, 2016
Thomas (Fur),
As we embark on your departure exactly one year ago, I have yet to believe it is so. In addition, the memories when first we met this exact time, December of 1991, will never fade. Seems our opportunity for sharing in this place may be closing soon, so here are some final thoughts.
I can only venture a few feet in any direction in my home without a reminder of you the numerous Cards, Letters, Ancient and other beautiful Jewelry, Harrod's Watch (still wearing today), Coins, hand-knitted Sweater by our European friend, among so many others, and one of my most treasured possessions - my exquisite Vase with colors of the sea swirling in a most beautiful design. I never tire of it's magical ability to transport me to another place in time. You gave so much of yourself to those you loved, asking for so little. I wish you had seen the treasure you were, as you owed yourself the love you so freely offered. At this juncture you cannot deny my gift to you as I create music in your honor. You always believed in my potential and musical abilities, hence my journey to a higher level of expertise shall never be in vain. As this piano composition in Your Honor unfolds, capturing the essence of Tom, I hope the world will one day hear Your Song as you live through Spirit and Sound. Until we meet again, I love you in a place where there's no space and time, I love you for you are (forever) the best friend of mine........................ Beth (Angel)
Beth (Angel)
December 8, 2016
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December 8, 2016
Dinner with his sister, Elena
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December 8, 2016
Perugia
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December 8, 2016
Dinner at Panicale Castle
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December 7, 2016
It has been nearly a year--so hard to believe. Little Ronen is growing up so beautifully. He does so many things that make us think of you. I know you didn't want him going into the ancient coin business because it was fraught with so much difficulty, but no one can inhibit his love for them. He has little collections of coins he collects from around the house (he really loves the 1 Euro coin) and he hoards them into secret hiding places. Sometimes he shows them to me and we look at each one. Then I let him hide them again so they rest undisturbed. He remembers each and every cache like a little squirrel. He dearly loves counting them aloud, as though quantity were as important as quality. A lesson for another day I suppose. He mostly loves his ancient coins. I have a few I have saved for him over the years and he particularly seems fond of the octopus and sea monster coins. Those were always my favourites as well so we really enjoy them together. I am teaching him how to use a Jeweler's loupe. He seems enchanted with the world of small things... sound familiar? I know you know how he is thriving and growing and turning out to be quite the most precious thing on earth--but it is still nice to write it to you somehow. He did something so charming and reminiscent of you last week. He sat at the table and I had handed him a nutcracker to let him have a go at a walnut. He watched me use it for a moment and said in a very thoughtful voice, "That's quite practical." I giggled so hard. Such big words for a four year old! His Italian is better than his English. He seems to have my knack for language. Words and numbers-- What a wonder. Thank you for having left the best gift you could to this world... a little bit of yourself. Rest peacefully, Thomas. You are a loved man and always will be...
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
December 6, 2016
I was shocked to read it today. i loved his super pricelists. Ave caesar!
Gerard Claessen
August 21, 2016
Thomas in another role:)
Beth (Angel) Anderson
August 20, 2016
August 18, 2016
Mother's Day Heathman Hotel
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Portland, Oregon Mother's Day, Heathman Hotel
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
The sign you commissioned for us--we still hear you
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Thanksgiving!
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Orlando Coin Show - EVERYONE wanted your opinions!
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
At Tom's Florida coin show in West Palm Beach
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Our last time seeing Uncle John
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Funny conversations at the coast of Oregon
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
First kiss, First Embrace
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
Thomas dressed for success - we were in Madrid, Spain
Hadassah Broscova
August 18, 2016
On our way home from Chicago to visit Uncle John
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
College days, acting
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Purchasing coins together in France
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
first touch, Tom's fingers
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Dinner after coin show America
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Ronen and all his female admirers...
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Little prince
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Universal Studios Florida
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
My little man
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Tea and Biscuits like a perfect Brit
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
August 17, 2016
Investigating some new toy
Hadassah Broscova-Righetti
August 17, 2016
Ronen's First Big Dinner at London Grill
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August 17, 2016
Sweet Ronen Leif-Spenser, the future
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Lunch with little sister Elena
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August 17, 2016
A Day at the Zoo
Hadassah Broscova
August 17, 2016
Happy Days
Hadassah Broscova
August 13, 2016
When we met......................
Dearest Thomas, To say I'm stunned by the news of your departure (apparently our mutual connections of the past have expired) 7 months after the fact is an understatement. Our unconditional love for one another never wavered in spite of some darker times (on both parts) along with youthful unrest, resulting in my choice to depart. However, as you know, you were never far from my heart. Our first 6 years together, especially, were what dreams are made, and I am honored we shared many years together. God created one of the most amazing individuals I will ever have the privilege to know and love. In spite of separating and following different paths, the blessing of an unconditional eternal friendship with you (even though from a distance) makes this loss especially difficult. I will cherish times with Irvin and Dorothy, our amazing trips to Europe (including attending my family reunion in Denmark), occasional coin shows, dinners and special times with mutual friends. Still smile when I remember getting lost in Paris as we walked the darkened streets for at least an hour before locating our hotel:) And.... jumping on a non-passenger train in Switzerland, wondering why we were the only 2 on board, until the conductor discovered our presence and sent us on our way. And our good fortune running into Hubert Lanz in the Swiss sausage shop with an invitation to be chauffeured to Schaffhausen (in his Rolls Royce, no less). Your concern upon hearing of my 2nd open heart surgery last year, with a beautiful note and special coin from Switzerland, where we once walked together, was above and beyond. I remember our conversation towards end of 2015 where you mentioned you weren't well, but did not elaborate. I regret not pressing you for more information. You never shared about your son, but the secret is out and I am grieved he will not continue to know his father and vice versa. I can assure you, there will never be another man who will replace you, and if I ever have the chance to meet your son, I will communicate that to him. As I now walk this trail of tears, I look forward to special moments when the sun meets the rain and beautiful light will lift my spirits in remembrance of many enchanting moments together. I welcome messages from fellow Thomas friends in hopes I can find some closure to his untimely passing. I can be reached at Bmuseanderson@gmail.com or FB Angel Anderson. Rest in the arms of our Father, Dearest Thomas.
Beth (Angel) Anderson
May 13, 2016
It is a shock to discover Tom's passing. He was an erudite and generous man and will be greatly missed in the field of numismatics. Tom always had the most beautiful coins; Coins "with style" as he termed it. He was ever eager to share his knowledge and work with me on the coins I desired, payment plans even, to make it affordable to me the ordinary collector.
Glenn Westendorf
April 12, 2016
I'm very saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I've not spoken to him since I left Pomona in 1985, however, I remember him at least once a year, or whenever I hear the song "American Pie" which he played at least 5 times a day and which I thoroughly enjoyed hearing. He was my next door neighbor in Smiley dormitory. He was always a great conversationalist, mature for his years. His passion for coins even back then and his great intellect made me wonder of his travels and contributions to the world. He continues to be a fondly remembered friend. Condolences to the family.
Andrew Romero
January 30, 2016
I am saddened to hear the news of Tom's passing. He was a good man and a mentor. You will be missed.
Thom Bray
January 7, 2016
I looked forward to parking at Tom's table during local Shows learning and
having great conversation. I was glad
to provide a security escort for his
departure to the airport.
A great person who will be missed.
Keith Scott
December 31, 2015
The global community of classical numismatists will mourn the passing of this admired and respected colleague, who was truly a gentleman and scholar.
Lux perpetua luceat eum.
Mike Markowitz
December 31, 2015
Tom was a scholar and a gentleman, always willing to help. I will miss him deeply - and the hobby will be poorer without him.

Doug Mudd
December 29, 2015
Tom - You were much too young to leave us, and you WILL be missed. Thank you for all of the great coins (most of which I still have!), and the knowledge you shared!
Robert Steinegger
December 28, 2015
It is shocking to lose such a colourful and brilliant man at the prime of his life and career. Tom was certainly a unique numismatic personality and talent; always bristling with historical information and character. No future trip to the train station will ever be quite the same.
Rest in peace Tom. You will truly be missed!
Jerry Bobbe
December 28, 2015
I bought a large part of my collection from Tom. It started when he said, "Here take all 3 home and either send them back or send me a check" Those 3 were the first of many I brought from Tom. He taught me a lot and I shall always remember the type of dealer he was. Thanks Tom
Jacquie Flanigan
December 27, 2015
Tom loved fine dining. Conversations over meals with him often migrated to politics, economics and business, however, one of my favorite subjects he discussed regularly was his grandmother ("Granny", as he called her, using a special, playful, raspy tone of voice). He so enjoyed teasing her. She had greyhounds. A few years ago, Tom's fun loving side would peek out and he would be seen playing chase with Prissy, the Italian greyhound at home. Perhaps some of Tom's finest traits will surface in his little son, so the world will still have a bit of Tom yet in it after all.
Doris Ruth Sims
December 27, 2015
I bought my first coins from Tom. He taught me so much and was so generous with his time and knowledge. He was also just a fun guy to be around. I am shocked and saddened to know he's gone. RIP, Tom...
Linda Hedrick
December 27, 2015
What a shock. Tom will be missed by his family,as well as all those who knew him. His loss will certainly leave a void in the ancient coin community and extended group of friends both locally and around the world.

I have known him since the mid 80's and learned much from him as have many others in the Portland, Oregon area.

Our condolences to his entire family and community of friends.
Larry and Suzanne Gaye
December 27, 2015
Our vacation to Canon Beach, OR
Thomas--I'm so thankful that Ronen (Leif-Spenser) has so many beautiful photos and videos of good times with you. They will be invaluable reminders to our beautiful son, of precious times he had with you, for many many years to come.
Hadassah Broscova
December 27, 2015
I met Tom eight years ago at The Waldorf in NYC where we shared some wine and entertaining conversation. It was my first coin show and he was most generous with his advice and information. He was one of the first people that I met in the field. A wonderful ambassador for the hobby. His sense of humor and kind nature were a delight. Though I only met him the one time and had a few phone conversations, he remained unusually present in my thoughts. He was one of the good ones. Godspeed Thomas.
Bert Swain
December 27, 2015
As a youth I was a collector of US coins and one time in the early 90's (on the spur of the moment) I attended a coin show here in Portland for the first time in decades. I met Tom that day and for the next 5 years I was an avid collector of ancient Roman coins. While I stopped adding to my collection long ago I have continued to see Tom at the Portland show most years. Tom had a prodigious memory with an amazing ability to recall specimens he had sold me years before. Many times I overheard him in conversation with ancient coin collector neophytes, beginning his replies (as he had many times with me), "that is an excellent question!" before launching in to share his comprehensive knowledge of the subject. A sad and premature loss.
robert franzen
December 26, 2015
Wow. This is very sad news. Our parents were best friends with Dorothy and Irv. Our families did a lot of things together all the time we kids were growing up, spending time at both homes and on vacations together. I am so sorry for his passing.
Mike Pratum
December 26, 2015
Tom and I were paradoxical friends in high school, the brainy guy and the jock. I have many special memories of Tom, his tiny hand writing, his quirky presentations about various things scientific, teasing and poking fun, giggling and laughing all the time. Gone too soon. God Bless.
Lance Neubauer
December 26, 2015
Tom was a friend of mine from high school. He sat behind me in the band and would empty his spit valve onto my shoe (band humor). Tom had an infectious laugh and a unique sense of humor. I remember him working on a comic book and would share his different editions with many of our friends as characters. I think everyone knew he was in a different league as far as his intelligence.
The world has lost a great man and scholar.
Joanie Burns (Edwards)
December 26, 2015
We were very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. Our family lived next door in the 60's and 70's and were often at Tom's house being given spelling tests (which Tom had developed), learning about the Solar System and the nuances of coin collecting. Afterwards we venture to the basement and would travel to "Duplicate Earth." Tom and I even shared a paper route delivering the upstart weekly "Bellingham Metropolitan." We will always remember Tom and his significant part of our childhood memories.
Brad Haggen
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