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Ed was deeply kind, generous and selfless in a way that was truly special. In passing decades too soon, Ed leaves an indelible mark on the world as well as everyone who knew him.  



Edwin Hong-Yun Lin, of Alameda, CA, passed on Sunday, November 15, at the age of 44 after entering the waters at Point Lobos near the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California.  Born on June 12, 1976, Edwin was the beloved son of Paul Po-Chao (deceased) and Paulina Chin-Mei (Chang) Lin and the dear younger brother of Lawrence and James Lin. 

He was a Senior Hydrogeologist at Todd Groundwater where he had worked for over 20 years.  He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Geological and Environment Sciences and earned his master's degree in Groundwater Hydrology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. 

Edwin was an exceptional father to his (2) daughters, Naomi and Tasmin, a loving and caring son to his mother Chin-Mei, a wonderful brother to James and Larry, a trusted leader/mentor and member of the Todd Groundwater organization and a genuine and supportive friend to so many.  He carried himself with an open, warm, gentle, giving and loving spirit, saw the good in others and truly enjoyed bringing people together to connect and to celebrate life. 


He was kind, caring, witty and creative.  He made lasting friendships in all stages of his rich life and always had a positive impact on others and was a light to everyone he crossed paths with - friends growing up in La Jolla, classmates from Stanford and Flinders, colleagues at Todd Groundwater and family friends and neighbors on Alameda.


He cherished his time being a father to Naomi and Tasmin and the related family activities and vacations.  He loved nature, the ocean/waters, rock-climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, biking, basketball, golf, tennis and any game or sport that his friends wanted to challenge him in along with any opportunity to cut a rug under a spinning disco ball.  He never refused an opportunity to invite friends and family over for a home-cooked meal prepared by him and would host the big events (such as the Kentucky Derby) to honor and share in the tradition.  He was loved by his entire community of family, friends and colleagues.

Countless stories, accolades and tributes have been shared by Edwin's friends over the last few weeks. The family is comforted and proud reading their expressions of what Edwin meant in their lives and takes solace knowing that so many people are helping them through this difficult time despite the reality that life without Edwin will never be the same.  The loss of Ed will also be deeply felt by his many friends and extended family.


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For those who wish to make a contribution to the Lin Family Support Fund, funds will go toward unforeseen expenses related to the sudden and tragic loss the family is experiencing and are critical for supporting the girls' education in the future.

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