ForeverMissed

Edward Meisel, known to all as “Eddie” or “Ed,” was the best son, brother, husband, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and friend anyone could have. Our hearts are broken, but overflowing with love and affection for Ed. He made our lives worth living. We were lucky to have shared our time here with him. Solace may be found in that he lived a full, balanced, engaged and vibrant life, and overcame many obstacles to do so. He may have been at times skeptical or even cynical, but his life was truth. As William Blake wrote:

“He who binds himself to a Joy

Does the winged life destroy

He who kisses the Joy as it flies

Lives in eternity’s sunrise”

Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep after struggling with a rare cancer that substantially impaired his quality of life. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of death, but the cancer was incurable and progressive. Throughout his battle with amyloidosis, he took great comfort in having Dr. Carol Ann Huff of Johns Hopkins as his doctor and rightly felt so fortunate to be under her care.  With dignity, grace and courage, he accepted his circumstances, seemingly free from fear of passing away, perhaps even embracing the journey. While just a bit stubborn at times, Ed insisted on living life on his terms, and at the end he chose to pass on his terms as well.

Ed made an impression on everyone and was a character larger than life. His friends knew him to be bold, outrageous, mischievous. He was a leader and a comrade. He loved golf and was quite competitive. He enjoyed working out, keeping himself fit. We have heard through the grapevine he drove too fast on an occasion or two. He loved horses, animals and especially his gray cats (the departed Belladonna and Isis, and Smokey Joe and King Henry VIII who are yearning for him). A consummate professional, Ed worked as a comptroller and later financial trader. He was beloved by those who worked for him.

Ed was a faithful, loving, and devoted husband to the love of his life Nancy. Making their home in Washington, DC, for all their years together, they also traveled to see friends here and abroad. When Nancy battled cancer, he took care of her in every way, and she did the same for him when he was sick. They were the best thing that could ever have come along for each other; they gave each other's life meaning, purpose, love and fulfillment. With remarkable dedication he cared for and protected his mother for almost thirty years after his Dad passed away in 1989. These acts of caring distinguish his life as exemplary in the service of others.

Ed was a wonderful brother, loved and cherished (at least most of the time!) by his siblings, Sheri and Andy and his sister-in-law Robin. As an uncle, Ed had a close relationship with his nephews Scott and Benjamin, and nieces Lindsay and Lauren. He was completely at ease with them, and they in turn were completely at ease with him – they felt like his best friends.

Ed could be prickly, and a bit impatient, but his essence was a man with a big heart, caring, compassionate and vulnerable. For all who knew and loved him, there is nothing they would not have done for him. Ed’s journey reflected joy, wisdom and compassion. His passing magnifies his positive impact on all who knew him and opens infinite possibilities. As his journey and ours continues, might his soul be honored by acts of kindness, to ourselves and others.

~ Ed’s Family

Posted by Daphne Gerig on May 21, 2019
I wrote something but mistakenly posted it under STORIES, so you can find it there. Bottom line is I miss the guy...he was one of a kind. Reg and I have been eating a lot of steak and it just reminds me so much of him...he loved a good steak! I catch myself thinking "Oh, Eddie would LOVE this!" His last year was so hard on him, and he bore his pains and his fears with fierce privacy and no self-pity. And my heart goes out to Nancy, who also suffered through the ups and downs of his illness. And to his family, Sheri, Andy, Robin, nieces Lauren and Lindsey, and nephews Ben and Scott, who loved him so much, and find themselves bewildered without him.
Posted by Elizabeth Child on May 18, 2019
Nancy, you won't remember this, but I chatted often with Ed at Georgetown Hospital while you were undergoing treatment. He was so concerned for you, so determined for you to get the best of care and have a full recovery- it was a beautiful thing, and I will always remember him for that. you two were perfect together.
Posted by Donald Brown on May 9, 2019
Very saddened to learn of the loss of Eddie. He was a great guy, a real mensch. Great attitude, articulate, funny, loved to laugh and make fun. Though I haven't seen him in decades, the photos on this site and the wonderful text celebrating Ed bring him back to me in all his strength of character and love of life.
I don't take a car into Manhattan much any more, but whenever I did, I would consciously try to "drive like Eddie," whose way at the wheel was always a marvel to behold. We saw a few Dylan shows together, and I included him among my acknowledged music friends in my book on Dylan. I deeply regret not sending him a copy: if he had read it, that would've been one of the greatest endorsements I could've received.
He and Nancy were always "our DC friends" and we were honored by Ed's presence at my stepson's Bar Mitzvah back in the '80s. My deep sympathy to all who knew him and will miss him.
Posted by Docmondo . on April 17, 2019
sad to hear of Ed's passing. even tho i only knew Eddie from the halls of Jericho, it is always unsettling to hear of the loss of our classmate, just as easily it could be any of us. may you rest well, Ed.
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Posted by Bruce Belodoff on April 16, 2019
Eddie and I have been friends for over 50 years. During those years especially the early ones, we had some wild adventures together. I have a lot of fond memories of Eddie and he will be missed. Nancy, Andy and Family I am sharing in your sadness as you remember Eddie.
Posted by James Heenehan on April 12, 2019
Ed was a great guy. He had a good sense of humor and he loved to laugh. Ed was up for any adventure. The day a bunch of us got dressed up in odd costumes and went over to see Lucy the Elephant pretending to be the Royal Armenian Society of Ohio will always be one of my fondest memories - as will all those summers in Brigantine. And I'm so glad Ed finally won the Hearts Tournament in 2014. He is beaming in the photo.
Ed was a nice guy. Although Eddie sometimes exuded a whimsical cynicism, he cared about people and animals a lot. I feel honored to have known him these past 33 years. 
RIP Eddie. You remain forever, Young Ed.
Posted by Don Russell on April 12, 2019
I loved every minute with Ed over more than 35 years of friendship - even when he was dumping the Queen of Spades on my trick. (That didn't happen often, I want it noted for the record.)
My heart is broken.
Posted by Nafeeza Mohamed on April 12, 2019
Eddie Meisel
This wonderful human being that I have had the pleasure of knowing and work for was my boss my friend his name is Ed on March 21 2019 I receive this saddest news on the phone the call was Eddie passed away I was shocked I couldn’t believe that this world is without an angel may he rest in peace until we meet again I love you always and forever you will be missed Give mom a big hug and kiss for me I know she’s asking you what are you doing here probably saying to you go back unfortunately it does not work that way it was an honor to be a part of your family
Posted by Gary Berlly on April 12, 2019
Andy, Sheri Robin And Nancy,, I can not say in words how empty it makes me feel that Eddie is Gone, Andy as you know Eddie and i were long friends for many many years,, With such great and fun memories,, From Junior High well into the Mid 80s when he went to DC Eddie was fun, strong willed and a real great character in so many Good ways Really Loved Eddie like a Brother, spoke to him maybe 9 months ago, never said anything to me about how he was feeling..Eddie or as we called him a lot (Sybil) lol  May you rest in peace,, if betting upo there pick some winners LOVE ya Guy,,, Gary,, or as Eddie would say (chopper)))
Posted by Rachel Glickman on April 11, 2019
I am so very sad to hear of Eddie's passing. We knew each other in passing back in the day, but his presence and personality were so much a part of my years at Jericho High School. May his memory be a blessing to all who loved him.
Posted by Ilene Springer-Linder on April 11, 2019
This is a beautiful memorial. So sorry for your loss. I have memories of Eddie hanging out at my house in Brookville with my brother Steven...Maybe they have reunited...
Posted by Susan Weinstock on April 11, 2019
Sheri, Andy, Robin, and Nancy -- This is a wonderful tribute page, and looking through these pictures brought me all the way back in time. Thank you for taking the dedication and love to put this together. My deepest condolences on this great loss. I will remember him fondly, as he has always been a part of my life!

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Posted by Daphne Gerig on May 21, 2019
I wrote something but mistakenly posted it under STORIES, so you can find it there. Bottom line is I miss the guy...he was one of a kind. Reg and I have been eating a lot of steak and it just reminds me so much of him...he loved a good steak! I catch myself thinking "Oh, Eddie would LOVE this!" His last year was so hard on him, and he bore his pains and his fears with fierce privacy and no self-pity. And my heart goes out to Nancy, who also suffered through the ups and downs of his illness. And to his family, Sheri, Andy, Robin, nieces Lauren and Lindsey, and nephews Ben and Scott, who loved him so much, and find themselves bewildered without him.
Posted by Elizabeth Child on May 18, 2019
Nancy, you won't remember this, but I chatted often with Ed at Georgetown Hospital while you were undergoing treatment. He was so concerned for you, so determined for you to get the best of care and have a full recovery- it was a beautiful thing, and I will always remember him for that. you two were perfect together.
Posted by Donald Brown on May 9, 2019
Very saddened to learn of the loss of Eddie. He was a great guy, a real mensch. Great attitude, articulate, funny, loved to laugh and make fun. Though I haven't seen him in decades, the photos on this site and the wonderful text celebrating Ed bring him back to me in all his strength of character and love of life.
I don't take a car into Manhattan much any more, but whenever I did, I would consciously try to "drive like Eddie," whose way at the wheel was always a marvel to behold. We saw a few Dylan shows together, and I included him among my acknowledged music friends in my book on Dylan. I deeply regret not sending him a copy: if he had read it, that would've been one of the greatest endorsements I could've received.
He and Nancy were always "our DC friends" and we were honored by Ed's presence at my stepson's Bar Mitzvah back in the '80s. My deep sympathy to all who knew him and will miss him.
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Shared by Charlotte Bradshaw on May 22, 2019

We first met Eddie through Nancy. I was a student at the University of Maryland where Nancy taught at the time. I worked in the faculty office and would book appointments for students to get career advice from Nancy. We would often chat and after six months or so, she invited my then boyfriend, John, and I to dinner at the home she shared with Eddie in DC. The four of us have been friends since.

Eddie had THE best stories and whether he was sharing a tale from his college days or telling us what he had got up to the day before, he would have us gripped. He had this rock star quality, with a lifestyle steeped in experience and adventure, yet a more grounded and true to himself character you would never meet. 

Nancy and Eddie have always been great friends to us. We have crashed on their couch so many times over the years. We even crashed on the couch in their hotel room one New Year in London. They came to our wedding, which is where this picture was taken which I love because they both looked like extras who they have wandered in from the set of La Dolce Vita. We have continued to crash together in various locations since then- Stratford, Dublin, Bromley and Frostburg to name a few - and despite living in different countries have managed to see each other with relative regularity over the years. We were always easy in each other’s company and picked up where we left off no matter how big the gap.
They have got to know our families too. Eddie always asked after 'the vicar' (my dad), and come to think of it, my parents have crashed on their couch, too. 

We have always admired the relationship Nancy and Eddie shared. They gave each other the space they needed to develop as individuals. Eddie was always supportive of Nancy’s career and knew her unstoppable desire to study was a beast which needed regular feeding. She in turn respected the place golf and the cats had in his life. They would then reconnect over late nights, cards, prime rib, friends and crap telly.

The world is definitely a less spectacular place without our rock star in it. He had an unforgettable voice and a smile/smirk where he twisted one side of his mouth slightly, which just screamed mischief. He was one of a kind and he remained true to himself and loyal to those around him to the end of his too short life, always with Nancy at its centre. We are very grateful for many years of friendship Eddie and for always letting us crash on your couch. We'll miss you.

Missing him in Maryland

Shared by Daphne Gerig on May 21, 2019

At the end of 1982 I was called back to my home in Argentina to attend personal family business and was absent for about 10 months. During that time I was lucky to get many letters from friends, and I remember Tom Meenan, sounding both hopeful and wary, writing that “there is a new member in our group, and his name is Eddie.” But it was many more months before I met him, and when I did he was quiet, friendly, and stayed close to Nancy. Having no place to stay when I returned, Nancy generously let me bunk with her for a while, and I watched their early courtship through the window where they’d sit close together on the grey cement steps of the building’s entrance, and whisper with an occasional giggle from Nancy and a high pitched exclamation from Eddie.What I loved most about Eddie was the blatant honesty of himself and everything around him. The lack of artifice gave you the freedom to get huffy with him without hating him, to laugh at his observations, to tease him (he hated that which made it even more fun) and, in turn, take any truths he threw your way because they were given without malice (maybe sometimes without tact but that was Ed). It was refreshing. And if he was super cranky you could just ignore him…he didn’t get offended.Our daughter Lauren, who knew him all her life (and she’s now 31) was very taken with Eddie because of the ease with which she could talk to him, and was always amused at what came out of his mouth. She, as well as all of us, really never wanted to believe that he’d leave us so soon. I miss his hearty laugh, his indignant exclamations, his expression “That xxxx is an IDIOT!”, having him at the table for our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner outings, his love for Nancy, and so many other things. I hope he finds a good bagel wherever he is now!