Edmund Nicholas Diederichs|
Born in Moorhead, Minnesota, February 7, 1925, died in Seattle, Washington September 27, 2013.
He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Ed is survived by his stepson, Chris Gaspard, his sister, Leora Diederichs, Mt. Angel, OR, his brother and sister in-law Jim and Joanne Diederichs Sequim, WA, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 28 years, Dolores Gaspard Diederichs, whom he met at a union conference at Reed College in Oregon.
Ed was a strong presence in the life of friends, sustaining many lifelong relationships. Ed is well known and liked at Calvary Cemetery, for his frequent visits to his late wife, my Mother, his many conversations with the staff, and the candy he brought.
Deeply religious and a lifelong Catholic, after his retirement he attended daily Latin Mass, and would drive or insist on being driven for miles to be present at one.
He began work at the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company delivering company mail and, after working in many capacities, ended his career of 40 years working at the Central Office as a specialist technician. He was a member of the Telecom-Pioneers, a phone company service organization.
Ed had a beautiful tenor voice and belonged to a barbershop quartet and a community choir. To the delight of the family, he and his brothers would make wonderful harmonies at Christmas and other times.
He has an archival collection of 78 rpm records of blues and jazz and, many reel-to-reel recordings, of the same.
Ed was a gifted bowler and, in the words of his stepson, he loved to bowl and bowled to live. This is a sport he pursued most of his adult life playing with his brothers Jim & Ron, for Bell Telephone teams, the Sunny Jim League and the 676 Council to name a few, with many trophy's on the mantel.
He loved fine cars & road trips, owning Buicks, Cadillacs and Mercedes, but ended up with a Ford Explorer.
The elegance and style of he and his wife were noticed and appreciated by friends and family. Nieces especially thought they were totally classy. Paradoxically, his attachment to decades old ties and shirts was the despair of his wife.
He appreciated fine dining and enjoyed sharing that experience but, much to the amusement of his family, was also a connoisseur of peanut butter and jelly and boxed cereal! He is remembered with tenderness and love for his dry sense of humor, generosity and signature laugh.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Monday, October 7th at 11 AM, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM BOTH at Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 9th Ave NE, Seattle; followed by reception. Internment at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 35th NE. will be after the reception.
Remembrances may be made to Hope Heart Institute, www.hopeheart.org and/or NW Kidney
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey Guestbook at harveyfuneral.com
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2013