IAADP
International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners


In Memorium
Ed Eames, Ph.D.
IAADP's President

March 7, 1930 - October 25, 2009





We sincerely mourn Ed Eames untimely passing. Ed and Toni have worked as a team over several decades to strengthen the assistance dog movement. They have worked to improve rights of access, increase the number of teams and increase the professionalism of the movement. Ed has been a forceful and creative voice in this field, and he is already greatly missed. Toni, please know our thoughts are with you and your family and friends.


Added: October 30, 2009

Toni, please accept my heartfelt condolences at this very difficult time. I am so glad we met several years ago at convention and that we have corresponded over the years. Take care of yourself, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

With love



Added: October 30, 2009

I have relied heavily on Ed's knowledge and advice in the 7 short months that I have been partnered with my hearing dog, Seaton. I thought that getting a hearing dog was going to be an answer to my work problems, but ended up being the cause for resistance and eventual termination. Ed has been my counsel. It is scary to know he won't be there to continue helping me, but he has taught me so much, most importantly the courage to fight. In Ed's memory, I vow to continue this fight to the best of my ability. Those who have known him for years and care deeply that he not be forgotten, can be assured that his passing is a catalyst to carry on and build on the work he started in his life.


Added: October 30, 2009

I was astounded when Ed called to ask me to write for the Partners Forum about my experiences. He was a legend and to think of him taking the time to call me was amazing. My condolences.


Added: October 30, 2009

The loss of this icon in our community is immeasurable. He will be missed beyond words.


Added: October 30, 2009

Toni My prayers are with you during this time. Ed was bigger than life and even though I had only known him a short time it felt like an eternity! He will be missed.


Added: October 30, 2009

Although I have never met Ed personally, I know that he was a good man. Because of IAADP, I was able have some of my assistance dog's needs met that would have otherwise been difficult for me. Thank you, Ed, for your giving your life to IAADP.


Added: October 30, 2009

Dear Toni, Helga and I met Ed only a few times when we were in the States, but we will miss him. I loved his column in “Partners Forum”. My English is not so good that I could express all my feelings but I wish you strength for the time to come.


Added: October 30, 2009

Dear Toni, We were deeply saddened to hear of Ed's passing. Ed's dedication to protecting the rights of assistance dog teams and his concern for their overall well-being was extraordinary. His efforts truly made a difference for those of us who use assistance dogs and I always appreciated his willingness to discuss advocacy issues any time I called him. The loss of such a remarkable man will be felt by us all.


Added: October 30, 2009

Toni, I have lost my dear friend, but you have lost your soul mate. My heart is aching along with yours. It is a huge loss for more people than we will ever know because he did so much to make the world a better place for all of us. He inspired me and his legacy and inspiration for all of us will live on forever. Godspeed Ed and peace be with you. I am grateful to have known you and you will be in my heart always.

Love



Added: October 30, 2009
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