Farewell to Joe Rust

July 31, 2009 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It is with great sorrow that I pass on the news of the death of one of our oldest and dearest members. Joe Rust has died at the age of 75, in a mountain biking accident in Idaho.  He was biking with his son and a friend.  He apparently lost control of his bike and went off the side of the mountain.

It is no great surprise that Joe was in Idaho enjoying active sports.  He was an avid fisherman and sportsman and I believe that he vacationed in Idaho frequently.  A member of our club, Joe was a gentleman on and off the courts.  You never had to worry that Joe would hit an opponent with a ball, complain about a partner's play, or get mad.  He was always a voice of encouragement and merely smiled ruefully at errors (his own and yours.)  Joe lived his life with grace.

Joe and Florence hosted an RSTC social every October "Rain or Shine" for more years than I can count.  Joe, a consummate host, always welcomed every guest personally and poured a glass of wine for him/her.  Joe was a wonderful person and a vibrant part of the RSTC community.  We will miss him greatly.


Joe's obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle

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