Edward D. Haas
No words that can express the depth of loss since the untimely passing of our dear husband, father, brother, partner, friend, colleague and, gentleman, in the truest sense. Ed Haas is missed by all who were touched by him and knew him. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully on Friday December 2, 2016.
Ed’s passing leaves a void in the communities where he lived, worked and prayed. His family, wife Patti Oji, sons Andrew and Kevin, and true super dog, Augie, all shared with him his passion for life in its broadest sense. His happiest moments were being at home with the family sharing his love of sports, particularly collegiate sports of all types, both men’s and women’s sports. He knew the players, the teams, and had a distinct preference for college sports. He also held players as role models and held them accountable to the highest ethical standards. Likewise, he held his family and friends to the same standards, yet was always the first to forgive and support. Ed also loved his golf and the Olympic Club, and he cherished his days as a Clone of Cardozo and the annual banquets.
One “flaw” remembered by many, he remained loyal after all his years in the Bay Area to the L.A. Dodgers. However, he made up for it by supporting the “A’s.”
And of course, he loved his Black Label.
Ed attended UC Irvine graduating in 1974. He attended law school at Hastings graduating in 1977.
Ed met his wife Patti at the Assay Office, now Bix’s on Gold Street when he was a law clerk in 1977. Being a very deliberate man, he and Patti courted for many years finally marrying in 1986. They moved to Fairfax California and raised sons Andrew and Kevin. Eddie, as some of us knew him, was dedicated to his family, including his sister Kathleen and brother Dave and their families.
The family remains strong supporters of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church where Ed served as a deacon. He was always hands on at church fundraisers, usually serving up fine barbeque.
His professional family, including his partners, Russ, Kyle, and his former partner Dan, always appreciated his steadfast loyalty to the firm, its partners, employees and clients. He had an uncanny ability to remain calm at all times. And he never sought the limelight. He always did what needed to be done and his clients loved him.
Ed was also dedicated to supporting the community and those less fortunate. In addition to his church activities, he was a strong supporter of the Bar Association of San Francisco’ JDC and sat on the Board of Directors of Raphael House, where he was committed to raising money to help at risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. A memorial fund has been established at Raphael House in Ed’s name.
While Ed on the surface was a quiet and gentle man, people gravitated to him and he welcomed them. His generosity was exceeded by his exceptional dry wit and humor. And his laugh was infectious. And as can be said of very few people, no one had a bad or unkind word about Ed Haas. He did not suffer fools, but he did treat them with respect.
A gathering in celebration of Ed’s life is in the works.