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Edward Andreas

Edward Andreas

Edward Wynne Andreas passed away on Oct. 21, 2013, at his home in Grass Valley. He was 59.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley with a potluck following.

According to Ed’s wishes, his body will be cremated and his ashes will be released into this world at a later time.

Ed was born on Nov. 4, 1953, to Edward and Jeanette Andreas in Ontario, Calif.

After being born a paraplegic resulting from spina bifida at birth, Edward attended college and became active in wheelchair sports and fighting for public access and rights for people with disabilities.

As a young man, Ed and his friend, Ron Scanlon, pushed their wheelchairs along California Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco to draw attention to many issues surrounding disability, public perceptions, discrimination and other issues.

He and a board of friends and fellow wheelchair athletes ran a sports program for children with physical disabilities who were coached by other wheelchair athletes.

Edward and his family relocated from the Santa Cruz mountains to Nevada County due to his friendship with two of the coaches, Tony Sauer and Mark Mattesen, who came from Grass Valley each year to coach alongside him. Since moving to Nevada County, Ed has worked at FREED, the community independent living center.

Edward was an ADA advocate, evaluating buildings within the community for accessibility. He also served as chairman of the In-Home Support Services Governing Board, assisting in allowing people within thef community who were elderly or with disabilities to remain in their homes. Ed played wheelchair basketball and tennis with local friends and skied at Alpine Meadows in his younger years. But primarily, Ed was a house-dad and raised his two beloved children, Cory and Kira Andreas.

Cory and Kira attended schools in Grass Valley School District and graduated from Nevada Union High School. Cory currently resides in Oregon and Kira will relocate to Santa Cruz, Calif., to live with her mother.

Ed will be dearly missed by his family and friends who serve in this community as advocates for the disabled. He will be remembered for his weird sense of humor, playful spirit and courage in the face of his numerous health issues.

He is survived by his daughter, Kira; son Cory; sisters Vonita of Gresham, Ore., and Deana Escanuelas of Ontario; and brother Rance Andreas.

Memorial gifts to help Ed’s children defray costs can be made to Chase Bank in Grass Valley in the children’s name.

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