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.
From: Karen Hodges Added: October 30, 2009
Very sad to hear of this death after the end of such a positive life saw Ed at Heathrow Conference and he reminded me how we first met each other at San Francisco Vet Conference when I said to him :How nice to see a real working guide dog amongst all the exhibits!" We remained friends thereafter.
From: Dick Lane FRCVS Added: October 30, 2009
You will always be in our hearts!
From: Beth Turnmire Added: October 30, 2009
Toni, I only was able to talk and work with you and Ed on relief areas for service animals in Indiana and surrounding states. Ed will be greatly missed; he was a wealth of information. May he rest in peace.
From: Kathy Taylor and Janet Added: October 30, 2009
I can't begin to describe in how many ways Ed touched my life. I know that I will think of him always and especially when I walk with my disabled dogs over the curb cuts he helped to get installed in our neighborhood. He was a dear friend, someone I loved and respected. I will miss his intelligence and quick wit and barbecue skills and so much more.