AAN Member Executive Passes Away

july 15, 2008  11:29 am
Bob Thomas, one of the original organizers of the annual AAN West conference held each year in San Francisco, died on Saturday after a long bout with a neurological disease which he battled valiantly for a number of years, according to his colleagues at the Palo Alto Weekly. Thomas served as the general manager of East Bay Express before joining PAW-parent Embarcadero Publishing, where he launched Pleasanton Weekly in 2000 and facilitated the start-up of another community weekly several years later. Bob is survived by his wife Candy and their two children, according to an email circulated by ex-Embarcadero VP Franklin Elieh, who called his best friend "a gentle giant (who) treated everyone with respect." Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, Calif.