July 23, 1925 – September 1, 2019
Peacefully on September 1 in his 94th year. Loving husband of Wilma May (nee Roberts) in their 74th year of marriage. Father of Laura Steffen (Hans), Brian (Colleen) and Patrick (Julia).
As a long-time resident of this area, Ed enjoyed a full life. When prompted, he would regale us with stories of his youth in the hop fields of Sardis where his father worked. His first employment as a paper boy saw him heroically deliver on a route which stretched from Cottonwood Corners through Ryder Lake and finally to the far reaches of Cultus Lake.
Ed proudly enlisted in the RCAF at a young age and served to the end of WWII. From there, he drove for Dairyland for an extended period before becoming a real estate appraiser, including establishing his own small appraisal company.
Retirement saw Ed and May build their dream “cabin in the woods” at Glimpse Lake (near Logan Lake). Construction was in fact a skill that Ed excelled at and enjoyed immensely. From this base, the family tested many lakes in the Interior, always seeking the perfect fishing locale. Thus he became known to us as “Mr. Outdoors” (apologies to Uncle Wilf).
Ed’s parents were Melvin and “Nellie” (nee Carson). He is survived by sister Aileen Scott (Vern), brother Doug (Noreen) and sisters-in-law Shirley Belanger (Norman) and Pat Pelly (Wilf). Pre-deceased by brothers “Mac”, “Sandy” and sister Etta. Remembering him with love are grandchildren Drew, Deirdre Hopkins (Joesph), Erik Steffen (Kat), Erin Meeker(Chase), Clare (Chris) and Chris (Silvia) and 11 great grandchildren.
As requested by Ed, there will be no service. We will raise a glass in his name.
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