It was with great shock that I heard about the death of Ed at the weekend. Indeed, I am still coming to terms with the implications for the assistance dog movement of losing such a wonderful advocate as Ed. I cannot begin to imagine the loss you must feel and I want you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people associated with this wonderful movement of ours.
Ed was an outstanding advocate for assistance dog partners as well as being a thoroughly decent human being – someone who always had time for everyone and made those around him feel special. I fondly remember the warmth and openness of the welcome I always received when meeting Ed and it is hard to believe that he is no longer with us.
On behalf of assistance dog programmes worldwide, I want you to know how much we have valued the contribution that Ed, yourself and other members of the IAADP Board have made to strengthening the movement. You can be justly proud of everything that Ed had done to enhance the opportunities open to assistance dog partners and without his outstanding contribution the world would be a lesser place for all of us.
We must ensure the wonderful legacy that Ed has left for us is continued and you can be assured that ADI will do everything we can to support the Board of IAADP in the future.
From: Peter Gorbing President – Assistance Dogs International Added: October 30, 2009
It may be little solace now to Ed's family and friends, but his legacy is great and Ed will always be remembered.
From: Fran Shaw Added: October 30, 2009
I met Ed many years ago. When we met he asked if he could touch my assistance dog, Sky. When he realized how big she was, he was a bit confused. I explained to him that Sky was a Harlequin albino Great Dane. He was fascinated by her size, her soft fur and her love. He said he could feel her love. From that point on when we met, he always remembered me. He passed on great tips about assistance dogs to me and was always willing to talk when I had a problem. I shall miss Ed. His articles and devotion to the assistance-dog community will be missed. I am fortunate to have met Ed and Toni. I treasure the memories and the friendship we shared.
From: Jodi Lee Ryan Added: October 30, 2009
So sorry to hear about Ed. He was so vibrant and youthful/ full of fun and interest in others. Big loss for all of us.
From: The Brody Family Added: October 30, 2009
I couldn't even begin to list all Ed's contributions to the assistance dog movement, and to those of us who are partnered with assistance dogs. I will leave that to others. I personally have benefited greatly by Ed's involvement in the National Federation of the Blind, and the book he and Toni wrote, A GUIDE TO GUIDE DOG SCHOOLS. His courage, his compassion for people and their animals, his commitment to the best care and training of our assistance dog partners, have made an immense contribution to so many thousands of lives, both canine and human. His passing means that many of us must step up to the plate and continue the wonderful works he began. Toni, warm hugs to you, and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!
From: Susan Jones and Guiding Eyes dog Rhoda Added: October 30, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go to Toni and IAADP who have lost a dedicated, passionate advocate for all people with disabilities!
From: Chris Added: October 30, 2009
Our love and support to you Toni. Good works endure. Ed will be forever in our hearts.
From: Eileen and Steve Added: October 30, 2009
Paws With A Cause sends its heartfelt condolences to Toni. The Assistance Dog world has lost a leader, but Toni has lost her lifelong partner. Our prayers are with you...
From: PAWS Added: October 30, 2009
I wish I had met him. It sounds like he was an amazing and wonderful man. This isn't much, I know, but I hope it helps.
From: Headrick Added: October 30, 2009
What a wonderful organization ED helped to create.