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Ronald Bruce Tasto

Ronald Bruce Tasto passed away from lymphoma on May 10, 2013 at age 80.


Ron was born on October 30, 1932 to Hilbert Tasto and Charlotte Swan in San Francisco, a city he loved. His great-grandfather sailed around the Horn from New England to San Francisco in 1850. As a proud third generation San Franciscan, Ron grew up in the Parkside District when it was still primarily sand dunes. He loved swimming in the ocean and he loved the fog. He graduated from Lincoln High School, San Francisco State University, and the University of Oregon, Eugene. After college, Ron lived in Spain where he perfected his Spanish and explored much of Europe. He delighted us with stories of his travels through Spain on his Lambretta scooter. Ron returned to San Francisco, and married his beloved Anny Schorm of Austria in 1963. They settled in Berkeley and raised two children. He taught in the Richmond Unified School District for 35 years. Ron was a history buff and a natural linguist, speaking multiple languages. He loved to speak to people he met in their native tongue. He loved traveling and experiencing other cultures. He had a keen interest in national and international politics. Ron enjoyed classical music and the opera as much as attending the annual car show with his son. He had many friends who were very important to him. He greatly enjoyed his monthly meetings at Brennan's with his buddies. Ron was a kind and gentle soul who showed unconditional love and never held a grudge. He always stressed the importance of education, and family-the true social security system as he called it. He was an advocate for social justice, the poor and downtrodden, and an early guardian of the environment. He was a faithful supporter of the United Farm Workers, Habitat for Humanity, and the Sierra Club, among numerous others. Ron loved to walk and could be seen on any given day on foot around town. He thoroughly enjoyed the cultural offerings of the Bay Area; he loved his neighborhood and was always pleased to stop and chat with a neighbor.


Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anny, his two children, Henry Tasto and Christine Olsen (Poul Erik), and three grandchildren, Torsten Olsen, Fiona Olsen and Liva Olsen, and numerous cousins. He will be missed terribly.


A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held June 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 399 San Fernando Way, San Francisco, CA 94127.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 24 to May 26, 2013
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