Uwe Thomsen, 72, of Livermore passed away on July 14th at home, sleeping in the warm sun, looking over his pool.
Uwe was born on December 28, 1946, on the island Hallig Hooge, Germany to Otto and Helene Thomsen. They moved to San Francisco when Uwe was four years old.
Uwe attended Washington High School in San Francisco.
Fortunate to live so close to a natural and literal playground, Uwe grew up in, on, and through Sutro Park, Land’s End, Playland at the beach, ice skating at Sutro Baths, sailing and fishing at Lake Merced, and swimming at Fleishhacker outdoor salt water pool.
Decked out in his Torque Masters leather jacket, pegged jeans, and blonde hair styled into a wave, he made an impression and caught the eye of JoAnn Fernandez. He asked her to ride shotgun and they were married in 1966.
They had two children, Christine and Stephen, who they raised in Livermore.
Uwe worked for Portola Auto Service in San Francisco for 22 years, and retired from Honda in Walnut Creek in 2016.
Uwe was a talented master mechanic, passionate about cars from a very young age. He never met a Snap On tool he didn’t “need”.
He was the original MacGyver. The man could fix or make anything with his creativity and a skill set unparalleled. A true perfectionist, it didn’t matter that he was up all night, existing on a handful of peanuts and his 15th cup of coffee, “it” would be completed and it would be perfect. The PATIENCE. He should have won a medal, maybe two. From necklace chains in a horrible knot, ski tow ropes that weren’t brought in correctly and were tangled, and even mom’s hair stuck in a hair dryer once, he was your man.
An island boy from the start, he taught us kids about water adventure. He put a pool in the yard and he bought a boat. We learned to water ski and camped at the lakes. He was in his glory on the water, wind in his hair (comb in pocket, because messed up hair isn’t cool), skis on someone’s feet, and the more the merrier. HIT IT!!
He taught us to drive. He passed on his love of cars. One day we’ll have the 56 and the 66 restored and we’ll cruise. Well, we might have to light up the tires just a little first. We know he’d approve. They don’t make cassette players in cars anymore, or we’d still be borrowing from his huge music collection.
He took us to our first concerts. Stray Cats in San Francisco and Foreigner at Day on the Green. He made us sit in the stands for that one, I’m sure to avoid the contact high.
His soft spoken, laid back personality put everyone at ease. There isn’t a person lucky enough to have met him that didn’t find themselves on the receiving end of his generosity and kindness.
In the past three years he had watched enough cooking and nature shows to have become a professional chef and a wilderness tour guide.
Uwe is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Fernandez) Thomsen of Livermore; his two children, Christine (Thomsen) Salazar (Art) of Livermore, Stephen Thomsen (Nichole) of Discovery Bay; his grandchildren, David (Holly), Benjamin, Trenton, Isabella and Brayden; his siblings, Rosalie (Thomsen) Gift of San Francisco and Gerd Thomsen (Joan) of San Bruno; many nieces, nephews and bonus grandchildren.
Uwe’s Celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 3rd, aboard the yacht, Voyager, where we will have a floating ceremony and send his ashes back to the water he so loved. Due to passenger limitations, if you would like to attend, please contact the family.