Edward (Ed) Cotter Hamelrath, Junior, 74, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Born on October 21, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, he was a US Navy veteran, naval engineer/illustrator, artist, and enjoyed RV-ing. In 1964 he married his best friend and love, Jeanne Donnelly Hamelrath, who preceded him in death in 2015.
Ed never met a stranger and loved telling and listening to life stories. He taught his three children to be good people by being honest, acting with integrity, working hard, not following the crowd, not taking grief from anyone and most of all, the value of a sense of humor. Ed had a natural talent for many things including art, music, golf, target shooting and an impressive devotion to detail with guns and model ships.
Ed is survived by his children, Edward Hamelrath III, Kirsten (Mark) Buchanan, and Annmarie (Jes) Stafford; three grandchildren, Carly (Dan Lavoie), Natalie, and Brianna Buchanan; his sister, Dottie Halliday; his brothers, John (Marion) Hamelrath, William (Marilou) Baker, and Chandler (Teresa) Hammond.
Per Ed’s request, there are no services planned.
In lieu of flowers, Ed would like you to slow down and enjoy the moment, whether it is time with family and friends or going to the movies. Also, have a nice steak dinner with a glass of scotch – he would want that.