In the early morning hours of Family Day, the patriarch of our family passed away suddenly at the age of 82. Born and raised in Cornwall Ontario, Ed left at 21 for Oakville and never looked back. Throughout his life, Ed was a natural athlete playing sports and being active as a kid and up until his passing. He played hockey, lacrosse, tennis, baseball, soccer, badminton, pickle ball, was a jogger and weight lifter and loved to swim. As a matter of fact, in his younger years, his kids remember him jogging back and forth to work. Ed was happiest when he was with his family, to him family meant everything. Whether it was discovering different parts of North America every summer camping, coaching or watching his kids or grandkids playing sports, listening to his son play guitar, BBQs around the pool, or celebrating a special occasion - family was his happy place. Ed and his wife Denise moved from Oakville to Burlington in 1980 and called it home ever since. Ed, Denise and their family created many happy memories in Burlington - he looked forward to the Canada Day street party every year, especially the bocce ball tournament, he loved the Sound of Music Festival and could be found on any given day walking in Spencer Smith Park, playing tennis at the Tyandaga or Burlington Tennis Clubs, badminton at Brant Hills or pickle ball followed by a swim at the YMCA. After retirement Ed and Denise travelled the world but always loved coming home. Our dad taught us so much - Ed's advice for a happy life 1) save for a rainy day. Always be careful with your money, but not too careful because you can't take it with you 2) Whenever your wife asks you to do something or to stop doing something, say "OK" 3) Be active every day. It will add both years and quality to your life. 4) If someone asks you if you want apple or pumpkin pie say "yes" (proviso, this is only if you adhere to rule number 3). 5) Laugh every day, mostly at yourself 6) Stop worrying, it hasn't done anybody any bit of good and finally, 7) keep family and friends close, they are everything. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Denise, his parents Fred and Irene, nephew Michael, in-laws Rolland and Noella Jalbert. He is survived by his children Michelle and Jim Dwyer, Blaine and Marija Mason, Neil Mason (Kathy), grandchildren Emma (Jesse) and Aidan Dwyer, sister Molly (Ramsey) and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be planned for a future date. If desired, donations to Heart and Stroke is appreciated.