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Ed Honeywell was born in Ottawa on August 22, 1943 and passed away September 24, 2012. His direct ancestors fought on the American side in the American revolution and later were the first permanent settlers in the Ottawa area, having established a homestead in present-day Nepean in 1811. Ed's father and grandfather, also named Albert Edwin Honeywell, were lawyers practicing in Ottawa and both became judges. While following in the family legal tradition, Ed simultaneously pursued his love of music, resulting in dual careers as a lawyer and musician.
Ed's long association with real estate law started at the age of 15 when he worked as a clerk at the City of Ottawa Land Registry Office and spent subsequent summers at the Registry Office or searching titles for law firms. He practiced real estate law for 42 years and was one of the leading real estate practitioners in Ontario. He was a senior partner of the firm of Soloway, Wright LLP and Ed is proud to have represented Minto, Ottawa's largest real estate developer, for 37 years. He was awarded the 2012 Award of Excellence in Real Estate by the Ontario Bar Association, and the Abe Feinstein Solicitor's Award for 2012 from the Carleton County Law Association. Ed was granted the Officer's Cross by the Protocol Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain. Ed was recently honored with a musical concert by musicians, friends and families at the University of Ottawa Tabaret Hall where over 300 people attended.
Ed was initially exposed to guitar through the electric, finger-style guitar but it was a concert by Andrés Segovia in the late 1950s that inspired him to take up classical guitar. Shortly after that, an LP by Sabicas provoked a lifelong interest in Flamenco music. He taught himself to play and can now rightfully claim to be entirely self-taught and Ottawa's first classical guitarist.
During much of this time, Ed was a member of the executive of the Ottawa Guitar Society and organized most of the society's concerts from 1970 to 1998, including concerts by some of today's outstanding classical guitar soloists. For 15 years, he was a part-time teacher of classical guitar in the music department of the University of Ottawa. Ed has also adjudicated numerous music festivals and competitions. If all of this did not give Ed enough to do, for many years Ed was a competitive curler and had the honour of acting as "fifth man" on the 1972 Brier team, Curling Club. In that year, Ed also was on the winning team for the Governor General's trophy.
Ed shared 25 years of happiness with his wife Saide, travelling around the world attending numerous international music festivals and enjoying concerts, opera, dances in the NAC where they were regulars. He will be in her heart forever and missed by his children Christina (Mike), Charlie; his step-children Ramses (Maria), Lorena: his grandchildren Hugo, Louis, Charlotte; his step-grandchildren Ruben, Xavier, Rebeca, Estela as well as his sisters Ginny (Tony), Mary and his brother Carry (Carol).
As per Ed's wishes, cremation and a private service was held. Ed's life will be celebrated and honored with a night of music at the Dominion-Chalmers Church (355 Cooper Street, Ottawa) on December 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.
For those wishing to make a donation in his memory a scholarship has been established in Ed's name at the University of Ottawa by the generosity of Minto for the Classical Music Program or to the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre. Online condolences may be made at www.colefuneralservices.com
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2012