Edward Bickford

Bickford, Edward Olen

A man of honor, dignity, inspiration and great purpose, Edward spent his life as an adventurer, art collector, lecturer, teacher, lobbyist for local, state and federal legislation. He had an abiding faith in natural health and healing. He loved the game of tennis.

Edward, a true renaissance man, organized and presented Touch for Health classes and workshops. He was involved in a broad range of issues dealing with a sustainable future, healthcare reform, environmental issues, conflict resolution, nutrition, water and energy conservation, alternative medicine, human rights, arms control and peace education.

Edward was a Green Bay, Wis., East High School 1950 graduate; 1954 BA graduate of Beloit College and attended Colgate University from 1956 to 1957.

Edward lived all over the world and was a resident of Findhorn, Scotland, 1977 to 1981, an international community dedicated to living within earth's ecological limits with appropriate use of technology. He taught classes in practical health and healing. He also had a modeling career in Munich, Paris and New York City.

Edward worked for several international financial institutions. His engaging personality made him a favorite chaffeur for Ambassador Limo Service in Charlottesville for the last 17 years.

Edward died on Feb. 7, 2013, with dignity and courage at Univerity of Virginia Hospital of Charlottesville, Va., where he had lived for over 30 years.

His family included his brother, Harold J. Bickford and Hope Kaplan, Westlake, Village, Calif.; children, Jennifer, Dave and Emma Ouzanian, Hood River, Ore.; Jay, Colleen, Riley and Ryan Bickford, Anchorage, Alaska; his sister, Carol and Robert Bush, children, Tracy and Thomas Arndt, Jennifer, Chris, Olivia, Tate and Carter Woodruff, Knoxville, Tenn; Jon, Jennifer, Mason Arndt, Western Springs, Ill.; Jay and Lindsay Arndt, Minneapolis; Terry and Nan, Nicholas and Austin Bush, Green Bay; and Lindsay and Thomas Velarde, Vienna, Va.; Thomas, Sue, Christopher and Katie Bush, Madison, Wis.; Brian, New York City; Michael, Boston, Mass; Toni McBride, Molly, Cathryn and Sarah McBride, Milwaukee, Wis.

A sincere, special thank you to his great good friends, Mary Jo Herriman and Dr. John Herr.

A gathering of friends will be at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Those wishing to contribute may send their memorial to Teague Funeral Service, 2260 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 17, 2013