McDADE, Edward James “Ed”—On Sunday, February 10th, 2013, age 45—his incredible journey through this life ended, surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born in Barrow-in-Furness, England, and wore his tattoo, “Made in Britain” with much pride. He celebrated his other roots by living every day as a stubborn Scot. If we could rewind Ed’s life, like a movie reel, we would see a little freckle-faced boy, learning to skip rocks with his dad; a teenager in countless photos with beautiful young girls, many of which he left with a broken heart (for which we are sure he is truly sorry!); a young man drinking coffee with his army mates in Cyprus while serving overseas duty with the United Nations; a father, kissing the forehead of his little girl wrapped up in a baby blanket; and a working man, surrounded by his ‘family’ at Cami Automotive. On his 40th birthday, Ed was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and from that day on, lived his life without a roadmap or a safety belt. In the past five years, Ed faced each day with determination, a sharp wit, and a kind heart. Even when life gave him insurmountable challenges, he was the rock and support for so many people—family and friends alike. Ed believed in community, and gave back in many ways, even when his body was shutting down. Despite a non-functioning leg, Ed coached his daughter’s soccer team, served as a committee member for the “Wish Upon a Song” foundation, and sent words of encouragement to countless others fighting a similar fight, especially children. Ed’s blog, “My Path”, was an inspiration to nearly 50,000 followers. Ed always looked to the future, and began checking off his bucket list, surprising his daughter, Faith, with a Disney cruise, paid for by his brothers and sisters at Cami. He was able to visit his army mates in Calgary, chase sun in the Caribbean, buy his prize black Cadillac, and spend summer days at “Happy Hills”, his little bit of heaven on earth with Faith. Cancer wore its way across and through Ed’s body, but it had nothing on his mind and spirit—they remained unyielding to the end. In the battle against cancer, there isn’t a doubt—Ed won. Ed will be remembered for his “Billy Connolly” style humour; for getting as muddy as possible on his quad; obsessively cleaning his Caddie and his home like a good soldier would; being the official ‘you’ve got a friend’ marathon caller to anyone who was also up and online ‘at the crack of stupid’; and for being the face of the Avastin crusade. If you could erase the toll cancer took, and go back to one last image—it would be of Ed, with one foot on a soccer ball, Sean Cassidy hair dancing in the wind, his eyes gleaming and his dimpled smile telling us, that in the end, it’s all going to be alright. Ed was the loving son of Edward and Margaret McDade, proud and adoring father to Faith McDade, protective brother to Karen McDade, Jeanette Martin, Shirley Ashton, and Angela McDade, and close friend and brother-in-law to Morris Ashton. Ed was a supportive uncle to Bradley (Nicole), Sarah and Trevor Martin, Jordan and Meggie Ashton, Brandon McDade, Courtney Bennett and Darren Catt, and a proud great-uncle to Madison, Nathan, and Arianna, all of St. Thomas. Ed had a special relationship with his aunt and uncle Jeanette and Don Davison, and his cousins Lee (Karen) Davison, and Donna (Tom) Kalpakis, all of Burlington, and his aunt Carol Crowe and cousins Sharron, Sandy, Paul, and the late Lucy and Geoffrey, of the Isle of Man. Ed is predeceased by his grandparents, James and Margaret Thompson, Anne and Edward McDade, and his uncle, James Thompson. Ed was loved beyond measure and will always be remembered by his many friends, especially his best friend, Al Vigar, and all of his family here in Canada, England, Scotland and beyond.
The family will receive friends at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas, on Wednesday, February 13th, from 1-4pm and 7-9pm. Prayers will be conducted at 7pm on Wednesday. A service to celebrate Edward’s life will be held on Thursday, February 14th, at Holy Angels Parish, 502 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, at 2pm. Remembrances may be made to The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or The London Regional Cancer Clinic. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org