I credit Ed for setting me on my lifelong mission to support couples in living the Vocation of Marriage and Family Life when he hired me to work in the archdiocesan Family Life Office in 1976. His support was always affirming; I like to think I lived up to the visions that we developed while I worked for the archdiocese. The last times we were able to talk together in his residence at St. Dominic were wonderful conversations about our similar thoughts about the essential importance of the vocation of Matrimony for our Church.
Peace and Love, Rob Ruhnke
I was saddened to hear of Father Ed's passing. I did not know him very well; we met a few years ago when he first tried moving into the John XXIII housing at St. Dominic's. I had been in the habit of visiting the ill and retired priests there for a number of years and, one night, as I was leaving after dark, I saw an unfamiliar car parked outside the residences and walked over to give it a look-see. As I did so, I heard a voice from the darkened patio nearest to the car saying "That's my car. What do you want?" It turned out to be Father Ed, sitting on the porch having a moment with his pipe - and a wee bit of scotch,,,Chivas Regal, I think. I introduced myself and told him why I was "hanging around" the residences and visiting some of the priests on campus each week. He told me didn't like it there- it was too loud - and that he would probably head back up to his place outside Cold Spring. We talked a while and I continued to visit with him on subsequent weeks until he did, indeed, head back to his place in the woods. He had given me directions to find it, and I intended to go up and see him there someday, but sadly, that never happened and then he ended up back at St. Dominic's again, this time apparently for good. I enjoyed the times I spent chatting with him and know he was a good priest and a good man. I know he is in a great cabin up in heaven with the Lord. God Bless Father Ed and his family.
Peace, Duane Bradley
To Ed's Family
It was with much sadness that I read of Ed's passing. I've known Ed for over 60 years, back to his years in the Seminary. Ed was a wonderful priest and a wise and caring counselor, but more importantly he was a friend. He officiated at my first marriage ceremony, baptized my two children and spent many Sunday afternoons with our family sharing a noon meal after mass. Although our lives took different paths our friendship sustained over time. I will treasure the wonderful times shared with Ed, whether having a good conversation, a competitive game of chess or sharing a meal with family and friends. He was many things to many people-parish priest, administrator, counselor, and friend. I was honored to call him 'friend'.
We will miss him.
With warmest regards
Dominic (DJ) Zuckero