Edgar Coudal
1935 - 2019
Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory - Ewing Chapel
140 E. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL
Coudal, Edgar
Edgar Franklin "Ed" Coudal, 84, died Saturday, December 21, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida. Ed leaves behind his longtime partner and love, Martha Montague; his five children and their spouses: James Coudal (Heidi), Mary Beth Coudal (Chris Jones), John Coudal (Laurie), Brendan Coudal (Nicole), Mary Kate Sweeney (Jed), and Martha's children, Kristin (Jack) and Scott (Irene). He was lovingly known as "Bestefar," to his 12 grandchildren. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ed was the son of Nels and Jenny (Halsor) Coudal. He graduated from Chicago's Steinmetz High School in 1952, and Northwestern University in 1956, earning a B.A. in Journalism. He married Mary Lou Wade of Chicago in 1957 and they lived in Baltimore and San Francisco while he served in the U.S. Army. Ed later joined the Chicago American newspaper as a reporter and went on to serve as an editor and writer for the Chicago Today newspaper. He worked for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency and the Pullman Corporation as a public relations executive. He founded Coudal & Associates, a public relations consultancy. The Coudals started family life in Skokie, IL, St. Joan of Arc parish, and then settled in Park Ridge, IL, Mary Seat of Wisdom parish. After divorcing, Ed moved to the Sarasota area 30 years ago, where he met Ms. Montague. He was a long time resident of Siesta Key. Edgar's love for Chicago and its history never wavered, nor did his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He was an active member of the Mensa community and had countless friends in common with Bill W. A life-long writer, painter and voracious reader, Ed was known for his sense of humor, intellect and good counsel. A private memorial service will be held.
Published by Herald Tribune from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2019.
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At the first Mensa meeting I attended, Ed took me aside and explained that a button-down collar should be buttoned. I was very grateful for that, and for the time I had with him in Chicago.
Bill Slankard
January 31, 2020
A great guy who will be missed. I knew him through Chicago Mensa from the 1980s. My condolences to Marty and the family.
Jay Allen
January 30, 2020
What a kind and gentle man. My condolences to Ms Montague and family. Its nice to think he will be joining Slider.
Leann Brady
Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic
Leann Brady
January 1, 2020
Ed was one of the best, as well as kindest, editors I had during the 30+ years I worked as a reporter in and around the Chicago area. And he was even a more outstanding person than he was a newspaper man.
Pat Krochmal
December 27, 2019
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