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Edward Kenneth Aguirre


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Edward Kenneth Aguirre Obituary
Edward Kenneth Aguirre
March 9, 1924 - February 21, 2014
Resident of Hayward
Edward Kenneth Aguirre was born on March 9, 1924. He was the youngest of the 13 children born to John and Eva Aguirre. Eddie was raised on 71st Avenue in Oakland and attended Castlemont High School, where he played baseball. Following high school, Eddie joined the military and served in the Pacific during WW II as a member of Company 201-43, Regiment 4, Battalion 13 of the US Navy. Upon completion of his service, he worked for 28 years as a Maintenance Machinist at General Electric in Oakland. When the plant closed, he went to work for Morton Salt for 10 years and retired when he was 62.
In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Eddie played baseball for Maude's Coffee Shop and the San Leandro Merchants. Eddie was an excellent pitcher. He met his future wife, Helen Heiser, at Maude's where she worked. Eddie always dreamed of being a musician or a baseball player. He played music on the side and got paid for private parties. Eddie loved the Oakland A's and Oakland Raiders and was a season ticket holder for many years. He attended the games with his cousins Buddy, Margie and Billy Gonzalves. Every weekend since his youth, he would visit with the Gonzalves and the Hershman's, who were more like brothers and sisters to him than cousins. Everyone knew that if Eddie were not at home, he would be with them playing cards.
Eddie and Helen married in 1952. While it was well known that he always wanted a son, he lovingly raised two daughters, Linda Atwater (Byron) and Lisa Aguirre (Joey Baughman). Eddie was a wonderful father-in-law and taught Byron how to pour concrete, put in a well, and build a retaining wall. Byron would always call Eddie for advice on household projects and they worked together very well. They looked forward to their annual trips to Reno. Joey enjoyed hearing Eddie's stories about life in the Oakland/San Leandro area, as he described the nearly nine decades of changes he witnessed. Lisa and Joey both shared a love of old songs and new comedies with Eddie.
Eddie engaged in many lively conversations with his brother-in-law Ray Heiser, and nephews Dan and Jerry Heiser. "Uncle Eddie" was also their Godfather, as Eddie and Helen were honored to be Dan and Jerry's Godparents. Eddie was also pleased to be the Godfather to his nephew Edward Faraldo and second cousin Edward Gonzalves.
Eddie enjoyed watching his granddaughters Amber Bell (Brad) and Misty Atwater grow up and he taught them how to ride their bicycles. His granddaughters never stayed with a babysitter, as Eddie and Helen provided all of their childcare. When Amber married Brad and lived across the street for a few years, Eddie enjoyed having his family so close. Eddie became a Great Grandfather in 2005 when Misty gave birth to Alexander Edward Burke. He was thrilled to finally get his baby boy and as Alexander grew, Eddie taught him how to play catch. He was so proud that the boy had a great arm. Eddie also enjoyed spending time with Alexander's half brother, Brandon Alexander Burke, Jr. "Bubba." That same year, Eddie welcomed more boys to the family, as he become the step Grandfather to Joey's sons; Joe, Duncan and Jake. His wish for boys in the family continued to be fulfilled with the births of Joe's sons, Jacob and Kaeden.
Eddie enjoyed the musical talents of his daughters (accordion) but they were never very good at playing Christmas songs. The girls explained to their music teacher "Daddy won't allow us to practice Christmas music until the holidays arrive!" However, Eddie enjoyed jamming with his girls, playing his guitar and singing while they played the old standards on the accordion and Helen danced.
Eddie loved to rototill the soil for his annual vegetable garden. He grew a bountiful crop of onions, green beans, fava beans, zucchini, tomatoes and garlic. He could be seen riding his bicycle throughout the neighborhood in his 70's and taking walks up the hill in his early 80's. He especially enjoyed his time in the recliner watching an assortment of TV shows. The majority of family photos show Eddie comfortable in his recliner with his family members surrounding him.
Eddie passed away on February 21, 2014 at home with his wife in Hayward. While that empty recliner brings tears to our eyes, the family is thankful that he was with us for nearly 90 years. Eddie's daughters, Linda and Lisa, thank their mother Helen, for taking care of Daddy for 61 years. Our Dad was indulged as the baby of his family and that special treatment never changed. Following his wishes, no funeral services will be held and the family will scatter his ashes in the ocean.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 9, 2014
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