August 30, 1931 – February 8, 2021
Ed passed from this life with his wife, Lee of 67 years, holding him close and his children praying nearby. He was at home where he wanted to be, right to the very end.
As well as his loving wife, Ed will be forever remembered by three sons, Michael (Anita) of Regina, Saskatchewan, Edmond Jr. “Gerry” of Burnaby, B.C. and David (Cyndi) of Armstrong, B.C.; three daughters, Therese (Michael) Parent of Coldstream, B.C., Patricia (John) Taylor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Renee Tetrault of Vernon, B.C.
Ed left a wonderful legacy of seventeen grandchildren and was able to welcome and hold his twelfth great-grandchild, Bryson who was born to grandson, Ryan and Janine Parent in Vernon on January 25th, 2021. Left to fondly remember Ed are his two brothers, Arthur and Eli and three sisters, Eleanor Kenyon, Louise (Keith) Scissons and Florence (Clay) Budd.
Ed was preceded in death by an infant son, Ian in 1957; and his eldest daughter, LaVerne McGaughey in 1987. She left two children, Christopher and Erin Lee and her husband, Chuck who is now married to Lyn, adopted daughter-in-law.
Ed had many talents and used them faithfully all his life. He had a great baritone voice and sang in quartets, choirs and family sing-a-longs. still doing so, belting out his favorite praise songs and children’s melodies with his family this winter.
He was active in the Jaycees and the Lions Clubs wherever he lived and was the Past District Governor of all the Lions Club, District 5CN of Northern Saskatchewan in 1972-73. Ed served as Manager of the Lions Society Camp Squamish for several years before retiring to Vernon in 1992.
One of his favorite pastimes was playing Bridge with whoever dared to challenge him. He will be missed by his Coldstream Bridge buddies of about twelve years and his siblings, who turned every visit and reunion into a Bridge Tournament.
In respecting Ed’s wishes, he was cremated and a Christian celebration of his life will be held this summer in the beautiful Okanagan Valley to which all of his extended family, friends and neighbors will be invited to attend. The date and time will be arranged later once we are permitted to gather together again.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Ed to the local Salvation Army Food Bank – a place where he loved to volunteer, or to your favourite charity.
We, Ed’s family want to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Dr. Blair Stanley and all the IHA Palliative Care Team 4 for ministering to Ed so gently and cheerfully, helping to make his passing one of such grace and peace. Thank you all!!
“Ed, it was so hard to say goodbye. You are dearly loved and will be greatly missed.”
Lee and family
Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd.,
5605 – 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5
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