The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of Sandra "Sandi" Roy Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne's wife, who died unexpectedly early last Friday morning from complications during cancer treatment. She was 80.
As the First Lady of Pleasanton, Sandi Thorne was a stalwart supporter of the mayor and all his work during his six years in office, but she championed her own causes as well, most notably serving on the Board of Directors at the Museum on Main, and she remained actively engaged in the Assistance League of Amador Valley.
"It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Sandi Thorne, who died unexpectedly. Sandi was a devoted wife and mother and a great friend to our community," said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, who directed all city flags to be flown at half-staff in her honor last weekend. "I would also like to offer our deepest condolences to the mayor and his family."
A memorial service is scheduled for this Friday morning at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Born on Aug. 14, 1937 in Danbury, Conn., Sandi was one of six children in the Roy family. She met Jerry Thorne when they both worked in San Francisco for the Fred S. James Insurance Co. -- he first asked her out the day before St. Patrick's Day.
The Thornes married on Nov. 2, 1974, and they moved to Pleasanton two years later.
Here, the couple raised their daughter Keri -- who with her husband and two children were at Sandi Thorne's side these past few weeks.
Her friends at the Museum on Main, where she served on the board and was a former board president, are among the many Pleasanton community members grieving Sandi Thorne's death.
"Since starting as a volunteer in 2004, Sandi gave the museum her time, her sweat, her ideas, and her heart," said Jim DeMersman, Museum on Main executive director.
"She helped inventory collections, install exhibits, plan fundraisers, and govern the museum as a board member and officer," DeMersman added. "Her kindness, good humor, and sound judgment will be sorely missed, and her loss leaves a hole in this institution's heart that cannot be filled."
The Thorne family will hold a vigil in Sandi Thorne's memory Thursday at Graham Hitch Mortuary. Her funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Bernal Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Sandi Thorne's name to the Museum on Main via www.museumonmain.org/donate.