Edward Daniel McCRADY
1963 - 2018
McCRADY, Edward Daniel Edward Daniel McCrady, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed away suddenly and tragically at his home in Atlanta on January 17, 2018. Ed was born on December 16, 1963, in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated at the top of his class from Penn Hills High School in 1981, and in 1985 received his B.S. degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. At UVA he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and a Lawn room resident. Upon graduation Ed moved to Atlanta where he worked for Citizens & Southern National Bank and The First Boston Corporation. He then moved to Chicago and earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He returned to Atlanta and worked for The Robinson-Humphrey Company and Robertson, Stephens & Company. For the last 15 years, Ed was Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Storage Partners, a franchisee of PODS, operating in five cities. He served on the Board of Trustees of The Lovett School and the Advisory and Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He was active with YPO and was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club. Ed met the love of his life, Pattie Sapp, in 1990, and they married on May 8, 1993, at Avondale Pattillo UMC. As a family, the McCradys have been longstanding, active members at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Ed was a devoted husband and father, whose life centered on his wife and their four children, Eddie, Max, Evelyn and Ruth. Ed loved his children dearly and took great interest and pride in all of their endeavors. He valued relationships, and not only stayed connected, but kept others connected as the ringleader of numerous gatherings among college classmates, fraternity brothers, and friends new and old. Whatever Ed was involved in, he was an enthusiastic participant. He planned family ski and beach trips, cheered for the Lovett Lions, the UVA Cavaliers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was an avid reader and observer of culture. He will be remembered as smart and witty, as well as the source and subject of funny stories that his friends and family will tell for years to come. Ed truly leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of those who knew him. In addition to his wife and four children, Ed is survived by his parents Brenda and Edward McCrady III of Pittsburgh, PA; his sister Amy Kemp (Chris), nephews Charlie and David and niece Maggie, of Lakewood, OH; his in-laws Martha and David Sapp of Hartwell, GA; and his brother-in-law David Sapp, III, of Brunswick, GA. Funeral services will take place at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24th at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. A reception at the church will follow the service. The Edward D. McCrady Memorial Fund has been established at the University of Virginia for those wishing to make a contribution in Ed's honor. Please make checks payable to the University of Virginia and reference the ""McCrady Memorial Fund"" in the memo line. Contributions can be sent to: UVA Gift Processing Services, PO Box 400331, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4331 or also made by calling 434-924-1008.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 21, 2018.
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Atlanta, GA
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Ed was a great boss and mentor. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family. You are in my prayers and will continue to be.
Debra Dyer
April 5, 2018
Ed was a mentor of mine for almost 15 years. A fellow UVA grad, I was introduced to him when I was leaving the consulting business and aiming to become an entrepreneur. He was supportive, encouraging, and offered to open his network up to me -- and, it was a big one. After I landed in an early stage company, Ed became one of our first customers and was always an advocate and supporter, even when the dream was not yet reality. I valued my friendship with Ed greatly, and he was always there when I had questions or needed advice. I will be forever indebted to him for his guidance and support and will miss him tremendously.
Mark Miles
February 23, 2018
Pattie: I just learned of Ed's passing today. He was a important mentor and friend to me while he was at RH and truly one of the kindest people I have ever known. My heart goes out to you and your entire family.
Jennifer Demba
February 15, 2018
Pattie, I am so saddened by your loss. I have been praying for you and all the family. Ed will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he had touched . With Love, Rebekah Ammons
Rebekah Ammons
January 31, 2018
Mr. McCrady was a very sweet man, he was always joyful. With his positive attitude and judgement taught me and others to look at life differently.

Deepest condolences Mrs. McCrady, to you and your family. Life will not be the same, but he would want you to be happy. He may not physically be here, but he will always be close.
January 26, 2018
What an amazing gentleman Ed was to everyone he met. He will always be remembered, and loved by all we were fortunate enough to know him. Patti, our hearts and prayers are with you, Eddie, Max, Evelyn and Ruth.
Kellie Schonberg
January 26, 2018
Brenda and family- my sincere condolences.
Faye Padgett Davis
January 26, 2018
Our condolences to the entire McCrady family. Rest in peace my friend.
Robert and Dana Moesta
January 26, 2018
Patti, We lift you in our prayers.
Love conquers all and Ed loved
all of you. With deepest sympathy,
and Clyde Shepherd
Rebecca Shepherd
January 24, 2018
I watched Ed grow up,with my kids. What a great loss to his family a many friends.
Frank (jack) Horner MD
January 24, 2018
Pattie Im so sorry for you and your family. Ed was a great guy.
James Copeland
January 23, 2018
Tracy Peterson
January 23, 2018
a loved one
January 23, 2018
Mireya Avalos
January 23, 2018
Very sad to hear this news. We were lucky to meet Ed through my brother, Miles and Lovett activities. Pattie: our deepest condolences to you and the children. You are in our prayers.
Steven Russ
January 22, 2018
Rest in peace, my friend. Your forum mates will remember you always. Especially your driving prowess. We all love you, Brother Ed.
Jeff Levy
January 22, 2018
Pattie and family, I am so saddened to hear about Ed's untimely passing. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Meredith Barclay
January 22, 2018
Lynn Powell
January 21, 2018
His smile, his positive demeanor, his wit and his brilliance...never to be forgotten. Prayers of hope and resilience to his family and friends.

With sympathy and respect,
Lori (Windisch) Irvine PHHS '81
Lori (Windisch) Irvine
January 21, 2018
There aren't enough words to describe the Ed I knew properly. He was larger than life when we became friends in the late 1980's. He gave me a nickname immediately and was someone who loved people tremendously. While we have not seen each other regularly at all since the early 90's, I still remember stories Ed told me about random things like how his mom only had to change 1 letter when she married his dad, and how proud he was of how he proposed to Patty. I ran into them last year at a UVA football and he was so proud of his 4 kids. Such a tragic loss for his family and friends, and I hope with time the stories and the laughter will continue. Our prayers are with Patty and his kids now, and will continue to be so in the future.
Tracy Shackelford
January 21, 2018
a loved one
January 21, 2018
I have many fond memories of running into Ed and Patti over the years at UVA games. He was oh so proud of his family, Wahoos, friends old and new. Blessings to the family, and may the many happy memories keep his spirit alive forever.
Olivia Branch
January 21, 2018
The loss of Ed from this world is tragic and devastating... I enjoyed working with Ed on our Pods businesses and I am grateful I knew him.My wife and I prayed in church today for Ed and his entire family. We are truly sorry for your loss.Tim and Stacey TurczynPreviously of Michigan Pods
Tim Turczyn
January 21, 2018
Condolences to the family of Ed, an old friend from Penn Hills High School, Class of 1981. We were in countless classes together - and I remember his wit and intelligence well. Jim Wood
January 21, 2018
David Lynch
January 21, 2018
Love and prayers to you Pattie and the children . May Ed Rest In Peace . The Byers sharon, david, Mathew and olivia
Sharon Byers
January 21, 2018
Patty- my love and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. My heart is heavy for your loss. While there are no words that could come close to offering comfort for you, please know that I am praying ceaselessly for love and peace for you and the kids. Love, PJ Price
PJ Price
January 21, 2018
Our condolence to Ed's family. He was a wonderful man. A leader and a gentleman My husband and I went all through elementary to highschool with Ed and our hearts are heavy. Prayers to all. God Bless.
Andy and Vicki McGuire
January 21, 2018
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