The assistance dog movement has lost its mentor and father figure. We in Indiana are truely grateful for his help in changing the access laws here this past year, and for his work with the TSA in providing relief areas for traveling Partners.
From: Gary and Brady Added: November 13, 2009
Please accept our deepest condolences. Ed was a wonderful man and an asset to the service dog community.
From: Elizabeth Karnazes Added: November 13, 2009
All of us at TOP DOG were saddened to hear of Ed's passing. I met Ed and Toni years ago when they came to Tucson to see Stew Nordensson. Stew always spoke so highly of them, it was a delight to meet them. The work Ed and Toni did for the service dog handler has been monunmental, and we know that IAADP will continue that work into the future. All of us in the service dog field know that we owe Ed a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts, and we mourn his passing. Peace and prayers to Toni and all of you at IAADP as you carry on his work.
With fond memories,
Lydia Kelley, Training Director, TOP DOG
From: Lydia Kelley, TOP DOG Added: November 12, 2009
Toni and IAADP,
I am truly sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. While I did not personally know Ed, I have heard and read about Toni and him through The Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound as well as in news articles. His generosity, time, and many accomplishments to IAADP and others have contributed to so many and I know all will continue to thrive for many more to follow. His presence is forever near.
Again, my deepest sympathy and condolences.
Blessings and Light Always, Susy Davis and Shadow
From: Susy Davis and Shadow Added: November 12, 2009
Dear Tony Eames and everyone at I.A.A.D.P., We send you our sincere sympathy and condolence on the passing of Ed Eames. Such a great loss to his family, friends and all guide dog handlers. Please know, everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sarah Calhoun, Tico (my guide) & Miah (retired guide)
From: Sarah Calhoun, Tico (my guide) & Miah (retired Guide Added: November 9, 2009
I am sadly about the news, we never met but we seems to have the same goals to educates the public about service animals the laws still and are about to change thank for make us aware of them.....
We all will miss you.
From: Marguerite & Jello Maddox Added: November 9, 2009
My relationship with Ed spread over 12 years so it is difficult to capture one specific moment. I can close my eyes even now and picture the many special dinners we shared during conferences over the years in which we discussed changes and obstacles in our world of disability awareness and assistance dog access. Ed would always present the obstacle then treat it simply as a challenge to be tackled...rather than as a brick wall. He continues to be such an inspiration to all of us and we can only honor him by continuing his work with greater dedication. Ed's legacy is a powerful one and his spirit strong.
From: Carol Davis Added: November 8, 2009
I have known Ed for close to 20 years and I have yet to reconcile his loss in my mind as a friend and one of the strongest advocates for people with disabilities that I have known in 40 years of working for and with people with disabilities. ED is one of my top 5 heroes, along with FDR, MLK and a small handful of good managers. ED was relentless, persuasive and hard to say no to. He was compassionate, smart and persistent, a very effective package. This tough, yet gentle New Yorker showed the rest of us, if we were really listening and watching, how to live life to the fullest despite life’s challenges. Ed was out there, he traveled and advocated for the assistance dog movement more than anyone I have known. Obviously Ed will be sorely missed and his departure is our significant loss.
From: corey hudson Added: November 8, 2009
You will be truly missed; thank you for doing so much, words could never be enough to let you know how much I appreciate your work.
From: Ashley Added: November 7, 2009
How impossible it would be to list all the ways that you and Ed changed our lives! The two of you hold a special place in my heart. You gave me courage to venture out into the world with a dog I had trained -- something I could not have done without your words of encouragement.
I can't imagine anyone filling Ed's shoes. But in his honor, I'll step up and do what I can to help keep his dream going.