March 7, 1930 - October 25, 2009
Ed and his wife, Toni, with guide dogs, Latrell and Keebler, in this photo, traveled the world to foster the assistance dog movement, lecturing at many veterinary schools and conferences, co-authoring two books, magazine columns, hundreds of articles and scripting an award winning video / DVD, “Partners in Independence.”
In 1993, Ed chaired the inaugural meeting of IAADP, whose mission has been to empower disabled persons with guide, hearing and service dogs to work together to advance the assistance dog movement through many education initiatives, advocacy campaigns, peer support projects, the website, fourteen international conferences and its global networking publication, “Partners Forum,” that today links together thousands of assistance dog teams and more than 220 guide, hearing and service dog training programs worldwide.
As IAADP’s President, Ed has been an incredible advocate for assistance dog teams, tackling legislation, federal rule making, other important issues and many access cases whenever people would call him for help. Ed worked tirelessly to launch and sustain an emergency veterinary care fund to provide grants if an assistance dog had a treatable veterinary problem and the partner could not afford the recommended treatment. The list of his achievements and selfless devotion to our cause goes on and on……but perhaps his greatest gift was his friendship and concern for everyone connected with the assistance dog movement, …..puppy raisers, program staff, supporters, sponsors, everyone who shared his awe for the magical bond between disabled persons and their canine partners. He had room in his heart for us all.
Toni would welcome a story or anecdote of any length from those who knew Ed personally. She asks, "Is there a funny incident you can recall? Did Ed have a specific impact on your life? Did you have an intense conversation about something? What are your special personal memories of this incredible friend and advocate for so many?" Submissions can be made through this message box or sent to Toni through email@example.com.
Any personal remembrances or memorial donations may also be sent to IAADP (Ed Eames Memorial Fund) P.O. Box 638 Sterling Heights, MI 48311.
The Memory Keepsake Book will be displayed at the Memorial service to be held at noon on Dec. 12, 2009, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno, CA. If you leave a message here after that date, Toni will lovingly add it to this Memory Keepsake Book. Also we will plan to keep these messages online for future visitors to this Memorial section, who may want to leave a message of their own.
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If you would like to support Ed's legacy by becoming a Friend or Partner member of IAADP and receive "Partners Forum," our global networking publication, you can complete a membership form.
Thank you for visiting this Memorial Page honoring Ed Eames, President of IAADP, beloved husband of Toni Eames and partner to guide dog, Latrell, who will live in retirement with Toni and her guide dog, Keebler.
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