On behalf of the Florida Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, of which Ed was the first President, in 1960, our sincere condolences to Ed's family and friends. He was a true leader in our profession, and made many contributions to transportation in Florida. He will be missed.
On behalf of The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc.(SGES) we want to express our joint sympathies to all of the family. Many of our members knew Ed personally and will miss him greatly. He added both to the local history and the family history of our community. We are grateful for the many occasions throughout the years, he spoke at our meetings. He leaves a legacy to be remembered.
Elizabeth "Betty" Poag Reed
I am thankful for Ed in so many ways. He introduced me to steamboats, graciously published my drawings in his books, and introduced me to the Maritime Museum. As well, he was a former co-worker. I truly consider it an honor to have met, worked with, and been a very small part of Ed's life.
Rest in Peace my friend.
Ed and I were "long-distance" friends for many years, sharing a passion for Ocklawaha River steamboats. No one knew more about their history than he, and he was generous in supporting my research in so many ways. The opportunities to share ideas is gone now, but the memories of our discussions past will never leave me. We are all so fortunate that Ed left us so many books which record his knowledge about Florida's maritime heritage for the benefit of future generations.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed's family. What a great man Ed was. I am so glad to have known him, full of so much historical knowledge. It's wonderful he has left so much of it behind with his writings, a part of him that lives on.