GARFIELD, EDMUND DANA, 88, died November 5, 2003 in Dallas, Texas. He was born September 5, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts to Edmund Dana and Elsie Garfield. He was raised in Washington, D.C. He came to Dallas in 1936 and attended, and later taught, at the Dallas Aviation School. He worked for Braniff International for 38 years. He often said that working for Braniff was like working with a big family. He formed lifelong friends there and remained active in the Braniff Retirement Club to the end. He is survived by his wife Virginia Sue Garfield; children Dana Sue Dixon and Jacquelyn Vilet; granddaughters Suzanne Harmon and April Dixon; great-granddaughters Melissa and Mallory Pursur and many cousins. From childhood Ed loved aviation and anything to do with Texas. One of his childhood "highs" was flying in a plane piloted by Charles Lindberg - his boyhood hero. He was able to "live his dream" by making his lifework in aviation and by living in Texas. He often said, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I moved here as soon as I could!" He said Texas had everything - mountains, ocean, piney woods, hill country and lonesome prairies. He was a true Texan. His other loves were country music including Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and Marty Robbins; home-style cooking at the Dixie House in Lakewood and the The Shed in Edom, Texas; BBQ at Dickey's; the piney woods and country roads in East Texas; Tony Hillerman's novels about the Navajos; and "talking up a storm" with his friends. He made friends wherever he went and found something interesting about everyone. He introduced himself by saying, "My friends call me Ed and I don't have any enemies." He loved to reminisce and share stories and memories of good times with those he loved. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice who gave him compassionate care and kept him painfree to the end Dawn Bedford, Paul Reid, Nick Morale and the "good hug" doctor Dr. Melanie Christina. Services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 8, 2003 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Interment Restland Memorial Park. Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com
Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2003.