In the late evening hours of Saturday, June 26th, Ed crossed the Rainbow Bridge
to be reunited with his beloved wife and soul mate, Dode.
No doubt, she greeted him with open arms and a sign that said,
“Welcome home, My Eddie!”.
Ed is survived by his Alberta family, including his dear sister, Josie Cholak
and her children: Bonnie and Conrad Christiansen, Noreen Seath, Judy Cholak,
and Robert Cholak, and their families. Among numerous other nieces and nephews,
he particularly cherished his brotherly bond with Richard Rusnak, and his wife Joyce.
Ed was predeceased by his father Steve in 1942, his adored mother Ruth (Topechka) in 1974,
his brothers Mike, Floyd and Mervyn; his sisters Olga, and Elsie Taylor;
and the love of his life, Doris “Dode” (Mercier/Diachuk) in 2018.
He will be remembered with fondness by the “Vegreville Brats” with whom he kept in touch,
members of the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge business and golf communities,
and his church family at Pitt Meadows United.
Ed was grateful to friends and neighbours for their kindness and assistance,
especially during his past two years of declining health and mobility.
Born in Vegreville, Alberta, he moved to Edmonton in 1957
where he attended Strathcona Composite and Jasper Place High Schools.
Following graduation and a season playing hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the AJHL,
Ed began his long career in the oil and gas sector.
He worked for Haliburton, Shaw Pipe and CEDA, among others,
and developed a number of innovative products,
including weatherproof coatings and remote monitoring devises.
After his divorce in 1996, he reconnected with Dode, who he had not seen for almost 40 years.
Their love story was epic.
Upon moving to her home in Pitt Meadows, they married in December 1997.
They enjoyed golfing in BC and the California desert, vacationing in Mexico,
and creating a wilderness retreat at Drewry Lake.
They loved entertaining family and friends.
Ed launched AFI Inc., and then ENC Security Systems.
ENC developed EncryptStick, an application that turns flash drives
into easy-to-use, highly secure data vaults. It prevents virtually any type of file
—documents, videos, photos—or passwords from being stolen.
To the best of Ed’s knowledge, his encryption technology
has never been decoded or successfully hacked.
His entrepreneurial spirit was driven by his belief that
“if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
Over the years, Ed channeled much of his energy into community projects,
including those supported by the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce,
and charity golf tournaments.
He was kind, compassionate and generous.
Ed was proud of his Ukrainian heritage, and was known to burst into song,
especially at Christmas and Easter. He loved having friends over for feasts
of delicious perogies, holubtsi, nachynka, nalysnyky, kubasa and studenetz.
In accordance with Eddie’s wishes, there will be no memorial service
and cremation was entrusted to Garden Hill Funeral Chapel.
Donations in his memory can be made to Operation Smile or Pitt Meadows United Church.
Ed concluded his eulogy to his brother Merv, with wise words to live by:
“In closing and as a reminder to all, life passes too quickly.
Cherish daily life…and never forget that the personal and family relationships
each one of you is blessed with will give you strength and comfort.”
Eddie and Dode are Alberta Bound to join their mothers.