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March 21, 2012
I'll always remember you Ed
March 21, 2012
A few years ago, I met Ed and approached him regarding putting his Lake Norman Baloon on the cover of the local Community Phone Book. He graciously accepted my invitation and the results were the best looking phone book cover that my company ever produced in my opinion. Later, I along with my son Matthew and my daughter Tammy had the privilide of going up in Ed's baloon for a ride accross Lake Norman. I will never forget that fantastic flight. Ed and I became good friends while working on the phone book cover together. I will miss him very much, but at least I know that his life ended doing exactly what he enjoyed most. May God bless his family and give them peace in the coming years.
March 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
Many years ago I happened upon Ed landing his balloon in a field along the then undeveloped Brawley School Road. I couldn't resist the urge to be a part of the landing, remembering the balloon pursuits that I participated in with my father as a child. As we packaged the balloon, Ed invited me to ground crew with his already established staff. I am grateful to have had that opportunity and to have known Ed. May he forever soar!
March 21, 2012
Ed and I jumped into NC State in 1971 for an open air concert. Ed landed in a tennis court covered with the flour he had packed into his canopy. The flour would form a white cloud upon deployment. Ed's flour had gotten a little sticky over night. He was so good-natured and calm about the whole event and took our ribbing well. What a good fellow. He will surely be missed.
March 21, 2012
I only met Ed a few times, but I did have the privilege of flying with him at Montgolfier Day 2010. It was a beautiful flight. This is what he loved. How lucky we were that he shared it with us!
March 21, 2012
We have such fond memories of Ed. He was always so nice to us when we would be around helping with ballooning with Rob. He had a great smile and it does our heart good to know how much our son loved Ed. Ed taught Rob so many things and was so good to him. Thanks for being the person you are, and giving Ed the space to be what he was,giving,loving,kind & best of all Friend.
March 21, 2012
I have never had the pleasure of knowing, and working with, anyone greater than Ed and Ruthie. Ed was a wonderful man and so dedicated to his job as a perfusionist. We worked together many years and I am a better person for having known him. Ruthie, my heart breaks for you. You and Ed were one of the happiest couples I've ever known. Both of you have a special place in my heart. He spoke often of his passion for being a balloonist. Know that you are not alone and if you need ANYTHING, your whole NorthEast family is here for you! Love and prayers to Ruthie and Ed's family. Remembering one who made a difference...........
March 21, 2012
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.
March 21, 2012

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