Ed was born in the old Enderby hospital on July 20, 1950. He died at home in Salmon Arm on November 26, 2013 with his wife Jade and cats Silky and Bootsie by his side. He grew up in Mara and attended school in Enderby and Salmon Arm where he played hockey. He loved the fast muscle cars he grew up with and eventually owned a green 1972 Ford Torino which was his pride and joy. He moved to Edmonton for a few years where he worked for Loomis before coming back to the Shuswap to work in the bush, mainly as a faller and cat operator. When jobs got scarce here he went to Prince George for a few years where he worked as a faller and later bought a share in a taxi company. He met his last wife there and they moved to Tumbler Ridge for a few years to run the taxi company there. He was an avid stamp collector and worked as a philatelist from his home for many years, both before and after he retired from working in the bush. Ed loved to garden and had a special way with tomatoes and cucumbers and beans. The plants always produced more than seemed possible and his family enjoyed many summer meals out on the patio enjoying the fruits of his labors with a glass of red wine. He loved fishing and spent many hours in his boat out on various lakes in the peacefulness and beauty of nature. He left us far too soon after a brief battle with cancer.
Ed is survived by his wife Jade, his daughter Tara (Michael) Koehmstedt, step-daughter Tracey Peacock, grandsons Austin, Learic and Clayne Scott, great granddaughter Skylar Scott, mother Jean Varchol, and half brother Floyd (Peg) Varchol.
He was predeceased by his father Rudy Varchol, half brother Frank Varchol and step-daughter Tracy Stradeski.
A memorial service will be held in the summer when everyone can travel easily. On line email condolences may be sent to Ed’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com