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MUSCARE Edward Robert "Uncle Ed" Muscare, a.k.a. Edward Joseph "E.J." Vianney, 79, formerly a resident of Kansas City, Mo., and Kan., passed away in Lake Butler, Fla., of lung cancer on January 8, 2012. Of Italian descent, he was born Eduardo Muscare on Sept. 27, 1932, in Long Island, New York, to Salvatore and Angelina Muscare. He was the youngest of seven children. His brothers and sisters were Josephine, Michalina, Carmela, Joseph, Gasper, and Aida. He grew up in New York and later Hialeah, Fla., where he graduated from high school in 1951, and was voted "Best Personality." In 1959 he married Ruth Carr in Nevada. They later separated. She passed away in 1961. Edward entered into the Army in 1952 and later began his broadcasting career for the Armed Forces Network. Upon leaving the Army he was a radio announcer in Nevada, New Mexico and Kansas City. In Kansas City he transitioned to TV as a horror movie host; first as Mr. Mummy for KCIT, and then The Creeper at KBMA. He then hosted a children's show called "41 Treehouse Lane" at KBMA where he became famous as "Uncle Ed." He also hosted telethons and did other promotional work. Later at KSHB (formerly KBMA) Uncle Ed hosted his own variety show called "All Night Live" from 1981-1985. He then moved to San Diego where he hosted a variety show called "Night Time Live" for KUSI. As "Edmus Scarey" he also was a horror movie host for "Friday Night At The Frights" at KNXV in Phoenix. In his retirement, Edward became famous as "edarem" on YouTube where he brought much joy to people with his simple, from the heart videos. Upon his death he had 22,000 subscribers and his videos had been featured on the Craig Ferguson show as well as other venues. In his younger days he also was a manicurist, an Arthur Murray dance instructor, plus he worked in a family dress factory and was a carpenter assistant. Edward was an accomplished photographer and also enjoyed playing guitar, piano, singing, painting and drawing. He also was kind to nature and loved planting trees. He was active in church and enjoyed helping with worship service at the local nursing home. Edward is survived by his partner, Marion Muscare-Vianney, many nieces and nephews and their children, his beloved pets Buddy, Buster and Lady, and many, many friends and fans. Edward will be cremated and his ashes given to his partner. Upon her death their ashes will be mixed together and planted to grow a new tree, as per his wishes. In honor of Edward's life, please plant a tree, become an organ donor, or make a contribution to the American Lung Cancer foundation. www.lungusa.org
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 11, 2012
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