June 17, 1945 — Dec. 27, 2013
A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for John Edward Torrison, who died on Dec. 27 from surgery complications at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. He was 67 and received very warm compassionate care from the medical staff there, according to his family.
Though he was a longtime resident of Patterson, Mr. Torrison maintained residence as well in Livermore. Mr. Torrison — known to many as “Ed”— was born of Norwegian immigrants who farmed the valley for many seasons; hence, his love for the land and his work.
He graduated from Patterson High School and attended Modesto Junior College where he excelled in mechanics and agriculture.
His family describes him as a man of generosity who gave of his time to the community. He was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years, member of the Lions Club, lifelong member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and active in the Patterson Township Historical Society.
Mr. Torrison was self-employed in the agricultural industry. He loved tractors, farming and heavy equipment machinery and was a collector. He loved animals, too, especially his canine companions. He especially enjoyed family gatherings in both Patterson and Livermore and was present at many.
Mr. Torrison was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bernice Torrison and son-in-law, Marty Hance.
Mr. Torrison is survived by his wife of 27 years, Barbara; his son, Jeff and his wife, Vicki and his daughter, Donna; grandchildren, Samantha, Erica and her husband, Nick, Cambria, Rebecca, Kurtis and Justin; his great-grandson, Noah; his sister, Joyce, and her husband, Fred, and nephews, nieces and extended family.
A viewing will take place at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., in Livermore at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 650 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson. Reception to follow. Burial will be private.