Ed was born at home in Beverly (Edmonton), Alberta on March 20, 1936 to Mike Szczesny and Valerie Ciula. He went to Beverly School and Victoria High School. He helped his dad build numerous houses throughout his childhood. For fun, he played the accordion in a band and went to lots of teen dances.
Ed and Marian met on the bus one day while riding to work. They dated and eventually married and lived in Beverly until 1976 when they moved to SW Edmonton.
Ed and Marian had four children, Susan, Pat, Mike, and Teena. The family enjoyed camping, fishing and large extended family gatherings. Ed was an only child growing up, so he made getting together with the family a priority.
Ed got his CPA designation while going to night school. He had numerous accounting jobs over the years and even owned a European import shop and an auto parts store. In his free time, he spent many hours woodworking and building furniture for the family. Keeping the family home was always a priority and he could fix almost anything.
During retirement, Ed and Marian became part-time babysitters for their grandchildren. Ed enjoyed cooking gourmet meals, baking bread and tending to his beautiful flower garden. He also joined the carving group at Fort Edmonton Park where he helped to carve several horses and other animals for the various carousels. If you would like to take a ride on one of Ed’s carousel horses at Fort Edmonton, their names are May (Rosie), Explorer and Wild Rose (see photos below).
Throughout their 64 years together, Ed and Marian were able to travel across Canada and to Europe, Africa and Australia. By far their favorite was New Zealand.
Ed’s pride and joy were his 4 children, 2 son-in-laws (Kevin and James), 11 grandchildren (Maria, Brent, Kim, Brad, Kaden, Kasia, Peter, Penny, Mark, Kent, and Tim) and 8 great-grandchildren (Oliver, Oaklen, Jordan, Leia, Johnny, Lexi, Quinn and Avery). Tech savvy Ed kept in touch with the whole family via FaceTime, social media and pictures on his iPad.
Ed will be greatly missed by his loving family and his many wonderful friends.