August 7, 1934 – May 9, 2011

Edward Leonard Hubner passed peacefully Monday, May 9th at The Gateby in Vernon after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born August 7th, 1934 in Vernon;”Big Eddy” lived in the general area for his entire life. A hard-working family-man, Ed built sawmills and logged at various locations from Mara to Cherryville. He attended Beairsto Elementary School, then started skidding with horses (alongside his father and brothers) in Trinity Valley. A lover of convertible cars, Ed was a tall handsome figure on the streets of Vernon in the 1950’s. He eventually gave a ride to Edna Wlasuk, married her shortly thereafter and adored her forever. The marriage centered around their children and friends, as well as stockcar racing, hobby farming, and camping. Ed was a natural athlete, an all-star addition to any hockey or baseball team. He was known for his gentleness, kindness and patience, ready to assist family, friends and neighbours in any way. The couple volunteered with various church projects and Ed helped many of the new immigrants with his wisdom and advice. A gentle and fair man, Ed was well-loved by all who knew him. Although quiet and reserved, Ed was passionate about traditional values, the Vernon Vipers, and of couse, great food. He and Edna loved to travel roaming the US and Mexico from 1980 – 2000, splitting their time between Holiday Park (Lake Country), Nashville TN, and Mesa AR in their fifth-wheel. Ed knew the roads to ‘anywhere’, and where the best buffet was located once you reached your destination. Ed will be greatly missed by his wife, Edna, three children and three grandchildren: Debbie (Kent) Adams, Kevin (Patti, Jake, Jesse) Hubner and Tanis (Ella) Kuntz. His brothers, Don (Joan) and Norman (Launa) plus his sisters, Betty (Floyd) Robbins, Ruth (John) Schwartz, and Marlene (Larry) Kern also grieve the loss of their big brother and were all present for Ed’s last days.

A celebration of life was held at First Baptist Church on May 12th, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House or the Parkinson Society in memory of Ed… thank you to all.

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