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November 8, 1931-October 29, 2020

With much sadness, we report the passing of Sheridan “Bud” Thorup on October 29, 2020, at the age of 88. Penny, his wife of 60 years, was at his side. He is also survived by his daughters Sheryl and Denise and Jim Allen.

A native of Boston, Bud served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954, then attended the University of Denver on the G.I. Bill. After earning his degree in hotel and restaurant management, he embarked on a 40-year career in the food service industry. Following his retirement in 1994, he and Penny moved from their home in Long Beach to Palm Desert, where he enjoyed his hobbies of golfing, antiquing, and traveling.

Introduced to Heisey by Roy and Martha Boggs at the Vets Stadium Flea Market in Long Beach, CA, Penny and Bud became avid collectors. Over the years, Bud assembled a truly impressive collection of barware. They joined HCA and HCC in the 1970s and were active members of both for many years. They hosted many HCC meetings at their homes in Long Beach and, later, Palm Desert, and attended multiple HCA conventions.

Bud will be remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit, as well as his star turns as the auctioneer for the live auction segment of HCC’s April fundraising auctions and our holiday “White Elephant” auctions.

Bud’s Cobel cocktail shaker with the Mermaids etching, now on loan to the Museum, will be donated in Bud’s memory. HCC sends our heartfelt sympathy to Penny and their daughters.

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