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Rudolph Edmund “Sonny” Thorpe Jr. died on November 12, 2021.  A lifelong resident of Savannah, Sonny was born on May 8, 1936 to the late Rudolph Edmund and Rosa Lee Foster Thorpe. He was a graduate of Darlington School, Rome, GA and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He is survived by his loving wife, Amy Dale Gabriel Thorpe; daughter, Amy Thorpe Tisovec and her husband Phil of Park City, Utah and son Foster Slade Thorpe and his wife Judy of Middleburg, VA.

A graveside service will be held in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery on Thursday November 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be conducted by The Reverend Gavin G. Dunbar of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Professionally Sonny was a Senior Project Manager in mill engineering at Union Camp/International Paper.

Sonny’s love for engineering was reflected in his hobbies and past times. He worked alongside his wife, Dale, designing and building Sa-Hi Stables and mending the fences, planting trees for the Savannah Tree Foundation and providing boat rides to Wassaw Island for the Caretta Research Project or the Georgia Conservancy. He loved his time on the dock in Bluffton, walks on the sand bar in the May River, and attending many musical performances of the Savannah Music Festival and various Savannah Philharmonic. Even though Sonny let Dale and Amy put him up on a horse every so often, his true passion was golf, and he was able to talk about Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods even as his memory disappeared.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Savannah Tree Foundation – 502 Fair St, Savannah, Georgia 31415  or St John’s Episcopal Church – 325 Bull St, Savannah, Georgia 31401


Online Condolences

  1. Joyce Murlless says:

    I will remember Sonny as always smiling and cheerful, greeting visitors with a twinkle in his eye. Gracious, kind, soft-spoken, diplomatic – and, I always sensed, a strong and supportive rock for any and all activity swirling around him and Dale. My heart weeps for those left behind and who will miss him most — Dale, Amy, and Slade. Know, please, that your community of friends will try to provide some of that strong support for you in this most difficult time. With love and care, Joyce.

  2. Venetia Butler says:

    I would like to express my deepest sympathies for Dale and the family for the loss of such a wonderful man. Sonny always wore a warm welcoming smile and exuded such wonderful positive energies. Dale, I wish for you strength and comfort in the memories of your life together. Venetia

  3. Jane H. Long says:

    Dear Dale,
    Words fail. I know how sad and devastated you are. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Thank God you have them and your wonderful memories to hold on to. Sonny was a great man. Hope we can be in touch in Bluffton to remember him.
    Live and peace,

  4. Jeff & Karen Clark says:

    We were so sorry to read about Sonny’s death. We have such fond memories of our time at SaHi and Sonny’s smiling face and his always helpful presence mending fences and doing a million other useful tasks. Our hearts go out to you, Amy and Slade. Jeff & Karen Clark

  5. Ardis H Wood says:

    Dear Dale,
    You and Sonny represented the best of what a marriage partnership can be. It was always a pleasure to see how you shared life together. Blessings to you and yours in the loss of a wonderful man. Hugs, @rdis Wood

  6. Celia Howell says:

    Dale and Amy,
    I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you both. I am also thinking about how much I am going to miss the possibility of getting to bump into Sonny at Margies or Mary’s, even though those gatherings have been on hold. Sonny had the best looking cool weather blazers in town. I send out love and strength and I am planning to stop by and drop off some soup for nourishment. I will miss being a part of Sonny’s service tomorrow and showing my affection for him and you all. I will be there in spirit. Love always, Celia.

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