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Source:     Published in the Contra Costa Times on 08July2013

 Walnut Creek paraglider

dies in accident on Lime Ridge off Ygnacio Valley Road

By Elisabeth Nardi     Contra Costa Times         Posted:   07/08/2013 06:05:04 AM PDT | Updated:   2 months ago

WALNUT CREEK — A paraglider fell and died Sunday in the Lime Ridge Open Space.

The man in his 50s for some reason fell while paragliding around 6 p.m. Sunday and had to be extracted by rescue teams from the open space. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, but did not survive the injuries sustained from the fall, according to a news release from Walnut Creek Police Department.

Other paragliders were with the victim and witnessed the fall, according to the release.

The victim has not been identified pending notification of family.

The incident happened just behind Boundary Oak Golf Course at 3800 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek.

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Source:   article printed on 09July2013

Walnut Creek:  Victim in fatal paragliding crash identified

By Erin Ivie Posted:   07/09/2013 06:23:33 AM PDT | Updated:   2 months ago

WALNUT CREEK — A 53-year-old man who died after crashing his paraglider in the Lime Ridge Open Space on Sunday was identified by authorities as Walnut Creek resident Edward Simone.

Simone had been flying around for a couple of minutes just behind Boundary Oak Golf Course at 3800 Valley Vista Road when a shift in the wind or some other factor caused part of his chute to collapse and he went into a spin, Walnut Creek police Lt. Lanny Edwards said.

He fell an unknown distance to the ground, hit an area of steep terrain and tumbled down the hill.

Several friends were with Simone at the time, Edwards said, and one stayed with him while the others ran to get help. Emergency responders were there within minutes, and Simone was taken to John Muir Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

According to Edwards, it is unclear whether Simone died from the injuries he sustained when he hit the ground, or whether it was the roll down the hill that fatally injured him. The crash remains under investigation.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 14, 2013

Edward Simone
Death Notice                                   Edward Joseph Simone


 Edward Simone passed suddenly in a paragliding accident on Sunday, July 7 in Walnut Creek, doing the sport he loved. He leaves behind his beloved father, Joseph, his stepmother, Gail, adoring sister Susan (Kris), loving brother Renato, his much beloved godson Chandler, aunts, uncles, nephews (Carlo and Ulli), niece (Seneca), his sweetheart Jessica, devoted friend and protege Nataly, longtime co-conspirator, Cherie and countless friends who were blessed to know him. He was predeceased by his loving mother, Ellanore and brother, Carlo.

 Born in Naples, Italy, he attended UC Berkeley and Hastings School of Law. Ed started his legal career as a Public Defender in Santa Cruz County, then worked in private practice as an associate for Glass & Kramer, where Bill Glass became his mentor and lifelong friend. Ed later started his own law practice in Walnut Creek, and used his keen intelligence for good, often refusing to charge clients in need.

 Ed was a rare combination of kindness, intelligence, humor and pure fun. Starting with playing in the Little League World Series, he was an avid sportsman and natural athlete, and loved to windsurf, kiteboard, paraglide, water and snow ski, sail, kayak, scuba dive, rollerblade, camp, mountain and dirt bike, fish, play soccer and tennis, and blow bubbles. He lived life to its fullest in his 53 years.

Ed had a gentle spirit and a huge heart, and touched the lives of everyone he met. He always made time for those he loved. His spirit lives on, as he encourages us to be kind, give back and be there for each other, just as he always did for us.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at the New Life Church in Alamo on July 20 at 2 pm. Donations may be made in his name to Glide Memorial Church in SF, where he helped serve many meals.