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April 27, 1920 - October 11, 2015 Bernward Thorsch (Berny) was born in Dresden Germany on 27 April 1920 and he passed away on 11 October 2015 in Santa Barbara. His father Benno Thorsch (deceased) owned Kamera Werkstatten, a company that produced innovative cameras and photographic equipment. The Thorsch family left Germany in 1938 because of their Jewish ancestry. In 1946 Berny and his wife Doris Rhynard Thorsch (married 1945) and young son Ronald moved to California to work with his father, Benno Thorsch at Studio City Camera Exchange on Ventura Boulevard. During 62 years as a business owner, Berny was active in the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and he was a 50-year member of the Studio City Rotary Club. His 50-year perfect attendance pin was one of his most treasured possessions. Berny was a mountain climber, glider pilot, sailor, bicyclist, photographer and adventurer extraordinaire. Berny is survived by his daughter Jennifer Thorsch (Charles Kaska) and their son Benjamin (Cynthia), and his two grand daughters from his son Ronald Thorsch (deceased) Brooke Yamamura (Brian) and Carrie Thorsch and great grandchildren Dylan, Tyler, Presley, Autumn and Ashland. Memorial donations may be made to Santa Barbara Braille Institute 2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 18, 2015
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