One of the nicest men I know passed away today. Mr. Ed is kin to Miss Lisa and Pastor Tracy who are two of my favorite people on earth; friends, mentors and role models to my entire family.
Ed hired about ten of my kids over the years in his restaurant, he mentored Big Joe during Joe's most tough years, Ed admirably held himself back from knocking Joe, Jesse and Sergi's heads together during their very difficult older teen years when he never fired them, although they surely deserved to be let go. They were emotionally AWFUL back then, defiant and rebellious, yet Ed put up with them.
Ed was sweet and loving to Gina, Marcela, Yolie, Saray and Deysi; fatherly and supportive. His darling wife, Susan, equally so.
Lately, for years actually, Ed has sent tons of food to our family; cases, boxes and bread lots, huge amounts, he'd just done so again yesterday.
I'm so shocked over his untimely death, floored and upset.
I asked Yolie to tell Big Joe, knowing how upset he'd be, I called Jesse in Texas and the rest of my grown kids, they're all so stunned and saddened.
Our prayers are with his wife, his children, grandchildren and all the rest of his family. He is going to be deeply missed.