As I sit and think about Ed, too many great memories and stories come to mind. He was truly a great man, a great balloonist, a great friend. He would go out of his way to help anyone. One of my favorite memories was coming down to stay at the house and go fly skydivers in SC. He drove me (and the dogs) around the lake in his boat for a couple of hours and talked about all the houses, how things had changed, flying the lake, etc.
Ed lived life to the fullest from ballooning to skydiving to skiing and more, even after getting new knees. It is so unfortunate for the rest of us that he is physically gone, but he will remain always in our minds and our hearts. I believe that in addition to saving the skydivers, he will cause us all to be safer in the sky and for that he will continue to be a hero.
Ruthie and the rest of the family, there are no words to say to make this easier, but take solace in what a wonderful man Ed was and how many lives he was able to touch.