CARBONELL--Edward L. age 46, of Garden City, NY passed away suddenly on Monday, December 31, 2012. 
Born in Cuba on May 5, 1966 to Nestor and Maria Carbonell, Edward was an amazing man with a gentle soul and impeccable sense of style. He was loved by everyone who met him. Horacio Silva, in The New York Times, described Ed in the article, "No Store Is a Hero to Its Valet," 2007 as a man "with a charming bedside manner and the best skin in high-end men's retail. He was exemplary; champagne and smiles all around." Edward was most recently employed as the General Manager of Christian Dior in Manhattan, and had previously worked for Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. Ed loved to travel to far away places and go on adventures with his wife Leslie. They experienced the northern lights in Iceland, the polar bears in the Arctic Circle, the beaches of Tahitii, and the active volcanoes in Hawaii. Hawaii was near and dear to his heart, as it was also where he and Leslie honeymooned eleven years ago. Of all the experiences, Ed's favorite was the ongoing journey with his family. Ed was a devoted father to Henry, age 4, and Charlie, age 8 weeks, and loving husband to Leslie. Services will be held at Fairchild Funeral Home, 1201 Franklin Ave. Garden City NY, on Saturday, January 5 from 7-9pm, Sunday, January 6 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Church services will be held on Monday, January 7 at 10am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 120 5th Street at Franklin Ave. Garden City.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 3, 2013