Sylvia, I was profondly saddened to hear of Ed's untimely passing.
When I was informed,I sat in my chair and
allowed my memories of The Pas to be captured once again.
Then I visualized;Ed coaching our senior
hockey team with Don Cheery's charisma and Darcy Bancroft,Ed's very good friend,in the stands behind our player's box with his Harry Sinden's demeanor.
Ed driving our fast ball team in his ford van with his foot on the dash and of course,the vehicle in auto pilot(cruise control);travelling in his van to watch the Flin Flon Bombers play.Now that i think of it...the van was more like a mini bus since it was capacitated with 8 or nine passengers including Darcy.Does that give you an indication of the volume of people on a trip to Flin Flon?our MBCI staff volleyball team playing against Kelsey Elementary.Ed was torn on whether to play with MBCI or Kelsey since ,as you know Sylvia,you were the assistant principal at Kelsey.If my memory serves;one of Ed's spikes managed to navigate itself onto your upper body.It was evident Ed was going to pay the ultimate penalty at home.
My memories began to become saturated with more thoughts:
Although,Ed was not on the MBCI staff,he was an integral part of the staff and the student body.Ed was an older brother,an uncle and more importantly a confidant to each and every student.Being the proprietor/manager of the high school's cafiteria,he probably associated with the students more so than many staff members.Often I was delighted to see Ed join our phys.ed class either as as an observer ,participant,or even a welcomed guest instructor.The young adults loved having Ed in all those roles.i must say Ed was not only a respected member of our school staff but a welcomed member of the phys.ed staff.
The Ed that i remember was a man of compassion,empathy,and integrity.If one was fortunate enough to socialize with Ed
you would have been compelled to like him;if you were to be befriended By Ed,you were blessed.Ed was one of a kind.
Sylvia this was a capsulated version of fond memories of my friend,Ed.
Please accept my sincerest condolences.
In Thoughts and Prayer,
Frankie De Marchi