1951 - 2013
Big Ed lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 4, 2013; he was born on Jan. 29, 1951 in New Castle, Pa. and moved to Phoenix when he was 13. In 1992 he moved with his young family to the community of Pine/Strawberry, where he lived out his final days.
Big Ed was survived by his lifelong partner, Fran Thus; three sons, Nathan Thus (Maribel), Eddie Pritchard, Michael Pritchard (Danielle); three sisters, Barbara (Jim) Osborn, Maggie Darling, Marien Himes; two beautiful grandbabies, Gunner and Evie; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was a wonderful husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend. We carry the sorrow in our hearts and the memories in our smiles. Love and miss you, big guy. A celebration of Big Ed’s life will be on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the StrawBeary Bear in Strawberry, Ariz.