From 1998 until his final illness in 2005, Ed Kinney was the Master of Ceremonies for “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution” – the all-volunteer Fourth of July event for Pleasanton, set in Lions Wayside Park. Ed was an inspiration to those of us who worked with him on this and other projects. He exemplified loyal service in the development of his community, both as an elected official (former mayor and city council member) and as an everyday citizen volunteer – a community patriot. Ed was dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. He and his wife Roberta moved here in 1969, and Ed so loved this town where they were raising their sons Scott and Brad that he changed careers rather than accepting a transfer to another state. Another way Ed showed his love of this community was through his volunteer involvement in the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society, the group that operates the Museum On Main. Ed was particularly gifted in interviewing some of the oldest members of our town as part of the museum’s oral history project. He established the museum’s popular lecture series that now bears his name. “One of the ways we wish to honor Ed’s memory in perpetuity is by annually presenting the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award to individuals who have exhibited the service behavior entitling them to be called Community Patriots,” said W. Ron Sutton, founder of the local Fourth of July celebration, adding, “Remember, it is individuals who change the world.” The annual award is presented to those whose actions inspire and motivate others to demonstrate
- LOVE * PRIDE * FAITH * BELIEF and * DEVOTION
- to our community.
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