- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 17, 1957
- Date of passing: Mar 26, 2016
|Let the memory of Edward be with us forever|
"Ed, I haven't seen you in ages, but I'll always remember you. Playing on the ECS baseball team and riding to the Yulan ball field in your Chevelle, always at the limits of traction."
"I know I posted before, but I don't see it now. Here goes a second time... This family has meant the world to me for over 27 years. I love you all so much. You have been through so much loss and I have been there with you. This one is a shock! I still have all my text messages from Eddie on my phone. Our conversations-no matter how dark they may get-always ended with laughter. Always "Luv Ya!!" My heart goes out to Sarah! Know how proud you Dad was of you and how much he love spending time with you! I will miss him. I hope he's with Margaret, Dad, Tim and Mom. I hope they had the Easter egg contest on arrival. No one will ever take the place, but I'm so grateful to have known and love you Eddie! God Bless!"
"Jim, Kathy & Ginny:
I am sitting in my home office looking at the river, remembering the many days Ed and I spent exploring the shoreline, invariably falling in the water at some point. Those were the days when parents knew exactly where you only after you’d shown up at the dinner table.
We served Mass together at St. Ann’s Church, played baseball together for your Dad’s Little League team, caught crayfish from “Cool Brook” together, trapped small mammals with Lewis Eckhart together, fished together below the Glass Factory Falls, rode our bicycles together to the Riviera Theater, picked backyard apples together, ate ice cream cones together at the Tastee Freeze and we even fought each other on occasion.
(Obviously, that was before Ed grew to his full size, or I might not be here to write this.)
I suspect friendships at that age were based on geography as much as affinity, but we obviously sought out each other almost daily. Actually, most of our adventures started the same way-me knocking on the back door of your house and your Mother calling upstairs for Ed.
We largely went our separate ways after I moved a few miles away at age 13. But, about 5 or 6 years later we reunited for a summer as employees of the County Highway Department. I’m proud to say we immediately began acting like eight year olds who were foolishly entrusted with publicly owned heavy equipment. Details shall remain secret.
I remember the grown up Ed as a gentler and more thoughtful version of his much younger self, though he still was not above getting involved in mischief, like me.
Thank you for sharing Ed with me. Our friendship provided memories I will carry forward forever.
My condolences to you.
"I have so many wonderful memories of spending summers in Barryville every June to celebrate Grandma's birthday with all our Purcell aunts, uncles and cousins. Eileen and I both had the biggest crush on Eddie. We thought he was SO cute and he was always so sweet to us. We both got him in trouble one summer when he took us on a ride on his motor bike and we both burned our leg on the exhaust pipe even though he had warned us. Not a peep from us about the burn to Eddie but eventually we had to tell our mom. When Aunt Billie found out she was so mad at Eddie and we felt so badly that we had gotten our cute cousin in trouble!
Eddie - you are gone too soon like your brother Tim and your sister Margaret. The saying that only the good die young is so soon."
"Now that the reality has sunk in, I am left with a great sadness that we won't grow old together. I'm saddest for Sarah and we will never be able to fill that void for her. Time heals, but there are times the pain comes back and it seems like a new injury. At your celebration of life memorial, it was wonderful to hear how many lives you've impacted in so many ways. I never realized what a joker you were with your friends and coworkers! You were always larger than life, doing things most of us couldn't imagine doing. I loved that about you and worried about you from the time you were young, but there was no preventing you from living your life at mach speed with your tail on fire. Miss you brother -- until we meet again."
"I will remember you Uncle Ed and I know that I did not get to see you for a while but now you shall rest in peace. I know that the time you came and seen us we always had a blast I am so sorry that you are now gone. May you forever live in our hearts."
"I always say that I grew up in Yulan and Barryville and will always remember the times we spent together as family, especially getting all dressed up for Easter mass and posing for pictures. Ed and I were born only 10 days apart and I wish we had stayed as close through our adult years as we were when we were younger. Ball games in your backyard, family barbecues, simpler times, for sure."
"We were all in shock about Ed. I remember as kids, your mom and my mom had incredible timing. Jim and Mary, Margaret and I, you and Susan, and then Theresa, Eddie, James, Ginny, Mike and Tim.
Seemed almost like a contest. Time does fly and we need to hold onto the memories of the good times in Barryville and Yulan.
It doesn't seem fair that your family has suffered so much and three lives were taken way too early. I have a lot of questions that need answering when I pass on.
Florence and I are praying for strength and peace for your family."
"To Ed's family and friends:
We were next door neighbors to the Purcell family in Barryville and our shared childhood lives were a combination of Sports Illustrated and Field and Stream. Ed was a vital part of that and i am so sorry to hear of his passing--way too young. My condolences to all who were part of Ed's life--childhood and beyond."
"God makes some people just a little too vulnerable. Ed, you were one such boy and man. You were kind and gentle, and ready to help. Generous. Probably too trusting. That aside, I know of no one who has tried to do more crazy things. Gads! After you were born, you immediately were put in my bedroom in our Barryville house. If that weren't bad enough, when Tim was born, he joined us! With you and I, it was always about baseball and fishing. You were by far the better fisherman, and loved the outdoors. I wish I had been around more, but after 1963, I was off doing other things, so much of your life unfolded without me there. Safe journey little brother, and may the fish be biting wherever you go."
"In a big family with 6 kids, we were the Irish twins, born 18 months apart. Frick and Frack, joined at the hip. You were my hero, my best buddy, my co-conspirator in so many life adventures. We have always been so close, that I don't know how to go on without you being there for me as I always was for you. So, I will share some of my favorite Ed stories, which is not easy because there are SO many to chose from. One of my first memories of us getting into big trouble together was when we were about 4 and 5 years old. We were in the basement playing together when you convinced me to help you paint the ping pong table, floor, and each other a bright blue oil based paint that you opened up. We were covered with paint when Dad discovered us. He was FURIOUS, but made mom get the Polaroid and take a photo of us before we got a spanking. Our expressions in this sad to say lost photo are priceless. Then there was the evening we were all watching TV, except for you. You were in the basement when we heard a loud bang, almost like a gun shot. We all rushed downstairs to find you clutching your ear with blood running down your fingers. You told us you had been throwing darts at a bullet when it hit and discharged nicking your ear. Years later you admitted that you had been using pliers to pull the bullet apart to get the gunpowder. You were like a cat with 9 lives...you used one up there, and there were many other times in cars you used more. We spent a lot of time in the woods and on the Delaware river together. Once we found an old bottle dump and started throwing bottles hitting trees when I cut my foot badly on a broken bottle. You helped me limp home and we snuck upstairs and you doctored me up in the bathroom with 25 band-aids and two pair of socks telling me you'll be okay. We didn't know Kathy was listening in outside the door and told mom, who rushed me over to Dr. Petkus' office for many stitches and a tetnus shot. Your motto was to rub some mud in it when we got hurt...be tough you always taught me. There was the year you went by yourself to John Travers for a haircut and mistakenly told him "Take it off" and he proceeded to basically shave your head. You refused to take you baseball hat off all that summer. I think you had hair cut issues after that. You always let your hair grow long and thick, such a head of hair you had. I think my loss of hearing began as a direct result of riding in your beloved blue Chevelle with you and you amazing sound system blasting at full volume as you opened her up on Rte 97. Once we outran the cops heading in to Yulan at top speed when we hit the infamous Yulan Hill bump. We got a lot of air and my head hit the roof before we landed in a shower of sparks, but the cops never did catch us. I have a lifetime of stories with you Ed, 58 years of loving you my big brother. You were the most generous,giving, funny, gnarly, brave, hardworking man I will ever know. The world lost a beautiful soul when your heart finally stopped. Now my heart has a huge hole in it. I love you buddy."
"Our hearts go out to your family. Sending prayers and love.
"Ed left this Earth exactly a year to date that Thomas E Meehan did. Its comforting to know that they are together now. My prayers go out to his family and friends."
"so sorry to hear of Ed's passing, always a great friend to me in high school, a little older but always treated me with respect, rest in peace Ed. Hugs to the family"
"Ed was always a great friend to our family He had a heart of gold. To know him was to love him. He would do anything to help out a friend and was a good friend to all of us lucky enough to have had him in our lives. He was a caring and gentle soul. He was supportive to my daughter Katie when she was having a rough time. We will never forget him and how he touched all of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah and all of his family. Ed, we will miss you dude
Love Kerri and Katie"
"Sarah, Gin, Kathy, Jim and the rest of the extended family.
When I thought about sharing a memory about Ed, I honestly couldn’t find a place to begin. That’s the problem and the blessing of childhood friends. They are so woven within one’s fabric of self that it’s hard to find the beginning because are a part of who you were, and who you are. That is how I will always hold Eddie in my heart. He was such a strong, beautiful guy who you could count on in a variety of areas (!) who had a good sense of humor, a strong connection to family, and was also bound by his love of nature. And of course, a love of the strong fast car! When I think of Ed, the scent of a fresh, crisp Northeast fall follows this memory. It is with this scent of fall, that I will hold in my heart as distinctly his. Love to all of you… Mo Petkus"
""To live on in the hearts of those who love us is not to die." Ed's kindness and generosity has given him a place in the hearts of the many people who were made better by knowing him. While he may have left the confines of this mortal world, his heart and his spirit live on in each of us."
"Ed, I still can't believe you are gone. You were such a good neighbor and friend growing up. We had so much fun as kids. You putting me in a wheelbarrow blindfolded and push me around at night with everyone screaming, catching crayfish in the brook and chasing us girls, playing ball in your backyard. So many things. I also remember when you were on your bicycle and hit the car. My sister rode with you all the way to the hospital to make sure you survived. I am sure you were greeted by her, my mom and my dad with a big hug. Watch down on us. You will be missed terribly but will always remember those wonderful memories. Goodbye my friend, until we meet again."
"Strong, kind, gentle, and a man who truly had a heart of gold. You will forever live on in our hearts and the hearts of my sons, Edison and Braedan, who learned so much from their Uncle Ed. Rest easy now, my dear friend. My deepest sympathies to Sarah and family. He was an awesome person! Fist pumps from here to Heaven."
"I may not have known ed as well as most i worked with him quite a few years ago for a short time and was reacquainted with him through training for work and he has left me with valuable information that i still use today that makes me reflect on our friendship he definitely had an incredible presence and could make anyone laugh, he will be missed dearly rest in peace ed"
"Farewell for now Ed. I remember you as an integral part of the experience of growing up in Barryville, NY along with your entire family. I was some years younger than you, but you were friends with my siblings and I was friends with Tim. I recall the great garden your family kept in the backyard, which was huge in my eyes and you guys having the best tasting string beans and corn. I remember you hanging out in the kitchen of our house on River Road, telling us about the latest movie you had seen ( likely at the Riviera Theater) or some other adventure with the sound of the Delaware flowing by in the back ground. I recall seeing you at Traver’s beach, with friends or family and it was always like some grand gathering of people, that gave it almost a feel of a family reunion every time people happened to meet up swimming there. I have recollections of you playing on the Eldred football team and watching games played at the Yulan field while the green uniforms slowly became covered in dirt and mud on cool overcast days and yet, still, your smile could be seen in the shadows of your helmet. Was fortunate to have met and known you in those days, and though I have lost touch with much of that past, it is obvious in hearing the remembrances of you from others, that you only grew warmer and of a bigger heart. It is a heartbreaking loss for all and I send sorrowful condolences to your family."
"My husband Henry & I new Eddie & his family for many years.& have many fond memories of the good times back in Barryville... may you RIP Ed... you may be gone but never forgotten.... God Bye my friend... our thoughts & prayers to his family & friends..."
"I remember Ed racing with the big powerful car he had in high school (can't remember the type) with my cousin Bill K."
"Art Koch and I gave Ed his first beer. After that we took him home , he drank out of the outdoor hose and went and laid down in the backyard. I spent a lot of time with The Purcell family and have greet memories of those days. Go with God my Buddy"
"Dear Ed..... My heart aches for your family. I've known you since High School and our families are very close. I hope you are at Peace, You were one of the most generous and caring guys I know! I hope you are fishing with all your buddies, esp. Tim! That's the only comfort for us is that you are in Gods loving arms with the ones that love you.....
forever in my heart.....☮❤️"
"Ed, I am sorry you had to leave so soon. I will remember you as a kind, generous, loving young man who was nicer to me than my own brothers growing up. Plus you were so strong, handsome, and charming, you brightened countless gloomy days for me and my mom. Loved your blue eyes, gravelly voice, and crooked smile. The ultimate outdoorsman. Rest Iin peace, my friend."
"Ed, I am still trying to grasp the fact that you are gone. We will honor you by remembering the past and the wonderful memories we have of you. I think your heart was too big -- you gave everything of yourself to other people, and ironically, your heart failed you. I will write more later and include some great memories. I always said you were the strongest man I know and I will always think of you that way. I love you dearly and my only comfort is that you will be with Mom, Dad, Margaret and Tim. I can just hear Dad saying "Jesus Christ! What took you so long to get here?""
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