Obituary

Edsel Paul Bedard

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died June 6th, 2016

Edsel P. “Ed” Bedard, 89, Escanaba, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

He was born in Gladstone on March 7, 1927, son of the late George and Aurora (LaPointe) Bedard.

Ed graduated from Channing High School in 1944. He continued his education at Cloverland Business College.

He served in the United States Navy from April 19, 1945 until he was honorably discharged on July 12, 1946.

On September 11, 1948, Ed married the former Lorraine LaFave at St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba.

Ed was employed by the Escanaba Fire Department as a Captain, and when the departments merged in 1975 he became a Lieutenant for Escanaba Public Safety. He retired as a Deputy Director of Escanaba Public Safety in 1987.

He was a member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Church. He was a 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354.

Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to camp, and spending time on his tree farm. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Bonnie (Jim) Lippens of Escanaba, Jack (Cindy) Bedard of Gladstone, Gary (Pat) Bedard of Escanaba, Judy Bedard of Rhinelander, WI, and Jeri (Rich) Gagnon of Gladstone; grandchildren, Michelle (Mike) Oxford, Melanie (Alan) Thorsen, Melissa (Corey) Wicklund, Jaime (Tom) Granquist, Hailey Bedard, Cathi (Chad) Carlson, Paula (Pete) Trapani, Emily (Brian) Rush, Rick Ness, Randy (Jen) Ness, Jordan Gagnon, Travis Gagnon; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Bellin of Quinnesec, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; infant daughters, Mary Ann and Linda; and brothers, Richard and George Jr.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 3 p.m. Escanaba Knights of Columbus will have services at 4:30. Visitation will also be held on Monday, June 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 13, at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. Eric Olson officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Bedard family.

10 Tributes to “Edsel Paul Bedard”

  1. My condolences to the Bedard family. I knew Ed both professionally and in more recent years, personally, as one of my “coffee drinking” pals at The Donut Connection. In both capacities I found Ed thoughtful and congenial. It was a great pleasure to have known Ed over the years. He was always the perfect gentleman.

  2. I will truly miss Uncle Ed. I feel so fortunate that I was able to visit with him sometimes after church and as his neighbor, when he was outside forever working in his yard or shoveling. He never stopped, I admired how he continued every year, his age never slowed him down. I will keep those special memories close to my heart. God Bless

  3. So sorry to hear this Bonnie I’m sure he will be greatly missed. Sorry I can’t be there for you. Much sadness in my heart for you and your family at this time. Take care girlfriend.

  4. My sympathy and prayers to your family and especially to Jack’s family.
    My father worked with Ed and always had great respect for him and he passed that onto me.

  5. Sorry I cannot be there I am unable to make the trip. My son is out of town or he would have brought me. I hope I can get up there again to see everyone. I will miss Ed tremendously.

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out Eds family. Ed was a very special, respectful and honorable man. I spent so many days fishing with I him in Kipling, and I remember our trips to Canada with his family. He loved taking out his boat and perch fishing, and he was the best cook when it came to fish. He used to talk about his wife and he truly believed that he would see her again. I know in my heart that tonight he is with God and Lorraine and he is happy he loved her so much. I’m grateful for the time we spent fishing and every time I go out in a boat I will think of him.

  7. To the family of Ed, my deep sympathy. I just heard of Ed’s passing and I am so saddened. Ever since meeting Ed I have always had a special place in my heart for him – though he probably never knew it. He was so good and so kind to my Father when Dad was experiencing some very difficult times following my Mother’s death and when he was nearing his own death. I do hope others were as supportive and kind to him as he was to my Dad. I think the same thoughts that I did when my Father passed away – “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Peace to all of you.

  8. Hello Bonnie,
    I haven’t seen you in many, many years but wanted to send my deepest sympathy regarding the death of your father. The loss is tremendous but he is in such a beautiful place now. Blessings to you & your family.
    Billie

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