Thomas Barnes had a nack for photography, business, climbing, and fishing. He attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara and was inspired by Ansel Adams. He was the CEO of an INC 500 Company, Computer Service Supply, INC, in 1994. He enjoyed climbing half dome in Yosemite. He loved fishing, he had fished the Pacific ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the gulf of Mexico, and finally near Baja California where he fished for marlin in Mexico and caught one, in the 90s. The one he never caught, a blue fin tuna. He loved the ocean and all its creatures, he dove with the sharks in Florida. I miss my dad often, when I look at certain art pieces or think of the ocean, I think of my dad.
God grant that I may fish for trout until my dying day, and when I come to my last cast I'll then most humbly pray, when in the lord's safe landing net I'm peacefully asleep, that in his mercy I'll be judged as good enough to keep.
Thomas "Tom" Barnes passed away in Clearwater Florida on, Oct 17 2007, where his last days he lived with his parents, he was struggling with Diabetes and eventually passed due to complications. He is survived by, his mother Nancy, Brother David, Niece Kendra, and his daughter Alicia, and 4 grandchildren; Daniel 30, Brittany 28, Chelsea 24, and Megan 21, and 3 gt grandchildren: Eli 8, Ryder 3, and Emma 2.
Charles Henry Thorsell, born September 28th 1951, living in West Linn, Oregon passed away January 7th, 2016.
After graduating from Willow Glen High School, he went on to earn an A.S. in Electrical technology from San Jose City College.
Sometime later he joined IBM Corp. where he fulfilled a diverse set of technical and leadership roles, including Programmer, System Support Specialist, and later Technical Lead, and Project Manager by the time he retired after 19 years there. During his time with the company he met his future wife in 1986: Kim Ann Tran who also worked for IBM. They married August 12, 1989. In 1996 he retired from the professional workforce to become a full time dad.
He is survived by his loving wife (Kim Thorsell), daughter (Kimberly Thorsell), son (William Thorsell), two brothers (Greg & Leonard), and sister (Dianne). All miss him dearly.
My dad was often found at the side of a lake, with a ranger hat tipped over his eyes, and fishing pole wedged into the ground. At other times I recall him spending an entire day tinkering in his shop. He laughed easily and cherished his friends and family. It seems to me that he found his greatest joys in the simplest things in life.
He told me once, it's not all about the quality of time you spend with those you love, it's the quantity too. He always made the effort to be present in our lives. He supported us, cheered us on, and always made sure each and every person felt appreciated and knew that they mattered. He held us all to high standards with his belief in each of us.
Charlie stayed true to his simple, straight forward, and often unintentionally eccentric nature until the very end of his 5-year battle with Leukemia. He requested a simple and no fuss funerary arrangement. He insisted on a cremation, without service, and that his ashes be carried out in nothing more ostentatious than a coffee can. In fact, he bought the coffee can. It was from Costco. I still chuckle about this whenever I think about it; I think he may have intended it that way.