US (CA): Salinas flower visionary Andy Matsui dies at 85

Well-known visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist Toshikiyo “Andy” Matsui died Friday after living a life of hard work, accomplishment, success and generosity, according to his eldest daughter, Teresa, president of the 53-year-old company her father founded.

Mr. Matsui, 85, was living at the Cottages of Carmel retirement community in Carmel where he died peacefully in his sleep.

Capping many years of success in the flower industry, Mr. Matsui and his wife, Yasuko, created the Matsui Foundation in 2004 to support the educational aspirations of underserved students in the Salinas Valley and throughout Monterey County. The foundation has distributed millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Read more at the Monterey Herald (James Herrera)

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