Edgar E. Cayce|
Virginia Beach - Edgar Evans Cayce: (1918 - 2013). Edgar Evans Cayce age 95 passed away peacefully February 15th 2013. Edgar was an enigma, truly a renaissance man.
Dad excelled academically, being The Valedictorian of Oceana High School in 1935, and athletically as the football team's captain. In 1939 he graduated from Duke University with his BS degree in electrical engineering and was a member of the electrical engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu. He applied his degree working for Virginia Power, formerly VEPCO, for 40 years. He served his country as a Captain in the Army Signal Core during World War II.
While he excelled at his career, Edgar lived a well-rounded life. His career was a small part of who he was. Born the son of Gertrude and Edgar Cayce, America's most documented psychic, was no easy path. Perhaps that heritage motivated him to excel in a mathematical, scientific field. Yet, he authored four books, each of which related to his father's amazing psychic abilities and documented readings. Edgar was a remarkable hybrid of logic and spirituality, living his life with focus, and living it fully - professionally, athletically, academically, at the poker table, or on the shore at 46th street, body surfing the perfect wave.
He was a direct, no-nonsense, engaged, and multi-dimensional man who never once said "I'm too old to do this". His grandson, Ed Cayce reflected on the eve of Edgar's 95th birthday: Tomorrow my grandfather, Edgar Evans Cayce (Sr.) will be 95 years old. I've always thought of him as the benevolent patriarch of our family, and I have a lifetime of wonderful memories with him. He taught me to bodysurf when I was around 6 years old. I remember riding the waves on his back in Virginia Beach. He kept his army buzz cut ever since WW2, and I used to love to rub his fuzzy head. He's always been an ace poker player, and poker has been a family tradition as long as I can remember. He's told me many stories about his father, Edgar Cayce, who must have been a wonderful father. He and I share a love of cars - he has always loved buying new ones and getting the best deal in town. I think that he has contributed so much to a family that has always been about love, understanding and acceptance.
His other grandson, Chris Natsuume remarked on the day of his death: This morning my grandfather Edgar died peacefully in bed in Virginia Beach. He was 95, and one of the best men I have ever known. I have so many, many wonderful memories of him, but my best ones are of us riding waves together at the beach. People die - it's part of life. And at 95, he had one of the fullest, best lives a man could hope for. And I like to think he's just moved on, headed out to go catch some new waves."
The following excerpt from Edgar's High School address of 1935, epitomizes the man we came to know as our father, grandfather, and friend: Our real place in life can never be measured by external signs. It will depend upon how close has been our personal relation with our God; how much we give to others; and how much peace there is within as a result of knowing ourselves. Edgar honored these words all his life.
Edgar Cayce was predeceased by his wife and high school sweetheart of 69 years, Kat Cayce. He is survived by his two children, E. Evans Cayce (and wife Valerie) and Gail C. Schwartzer (and husband Joe). Three grandsons, John C. Schwartzer, Ed Cayce and Chris Natsuume and 4 great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life is Saturday, March 2 @ 10:30 am in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 36 Street and Pacific Avenue. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Edgar Cayce Foundation, 67th and Atlantic, Virginia Beach, VA or to another charity of his choice.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 19, 2013