Thursday, October 21, 2010

Edward Eugene "Ed" Whitney

Belmont, NY - Edward Eugene "Ed" Whitney, 57, of 3630 Baker Valley Road died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 21, 2010, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on October 14, 1953 in Wellsville, the son of Leonard and Catherine "Cate" (Horn) Whitney Sr.

Ed was a life long resident of Belmont and a graduate of Belmont High School. He was formerly employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville and later was a self employed contractor in the Belmont area. He was currently employed by the Town of Amity, where he served as the cemetery sexton for the past 12 years. Ed took great pride in the appearance of the cemeteries and loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family.

He is survived by his fiancé Christine Hoffman of Belmont, two daughters, Christina (Alan) Maynard of Fairfax, VT and Sara (Dane) Young of Angelica, two sons, Kenneth Whitney of Belmont and Curtis Whitney of Jamestown, three grandchildren, Dahlia and Payton Maynard and Whitney Young, four step children, Amber Reed and Ashley, Amanda and Joshua Batjer, two step grandchildren, Jessie Vincent and Julia Robson, one brother, Leonard Whitney Jr. of Wrentham, MA, two sisters, Dawn (Jim) Reniff of Belmont and Raquel Schmidt of Belmont, the mother of his children and wife of 30 plus years, Marta Whitney of Belmont as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a nephew, Eric Lowe.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 24, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 am in St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Belmont with Rev. Cole Gruberth presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Memorial donations are suggested to the Amity Rescue Squad or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. I love you Ed and will miss you. Thanks for all of the good times- playing music, singing, laughing, sharing our friends and families.
    RIP and may we meet again.
    Gail Funk

  2. Ed, you became the father I never had, and I miss you so much. I am glad you came into my life, and into the life of my son..I found this poem and thought of you:
    For the loss of your Dad
    by C Cattaway

    The sun will dance around his head, The moon will shine his name. His star will sparkle in the sky, His love will still remain.

    The days will seem much longer, now, But only for a while, For, he will stay beside you, and Remind you how to smile.

    He'll never be forgotten, and Now, he'll remember all. His hand will be inside your hand Whenever you should call.

    It's true, it takes a special man, To ever be a Dad. And, his heart made him special; He'd not want you to be sad.

    Each step you take, through every door, He''ll still be by your side. Don't say Goodbye, say Good Journey, And do not be afraid,

    For, he will be there waiting, Loving you, just as before, And, his star will remind you He'll love you, for ever more.


  3. Lenore and Ernie SchmidtOctober 22, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Such a special person. You were part of our family. We will miss your wave's and smiles as you drove by.Our prayers and thought's are with your family. Love Lenore and Ernie

  4. It is with tremendous sadness that I learned of Ed's passing yesterday.

    I had the chance to reconnect briefly with Ed after many years this past summer, and it was as if only a day had passed: there was Ed, smile on his face and full of warm greetings.

    That is how I knew him, and how I'll remember him. From my brother, sister and myself, our hearts and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

    Steve (and Owen and Holly) Harris

  5. My sincerest condolences to the families and to all those who knew him.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your father's death Curtis. I am praying for you and your family.

  7. I was shocked and so sad when I opened the newspaper tonight and learned of Ed's passing. Such a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor. The whole town loved Ed! Christy, Sara, Kenny, Curtis, Marta..I will be praying for you. I did not know his fiance or her family, but I'll keep you in my thoughts as well. We're all better people for having known Ed.

  8. As I sit here thinking what a wonderful gift I had been given to have known Ed. I was sadden to hear that ed had passed from this journey of his life on to another. I know many that had loved Ed and will miss him dearly! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I pray that God brings you all comfort in the wonderful memories that you shared with Ed.. Ed was a very compassionate ,fun loving man, He was a great father... He loved you Christine with all heart and soul and he was a great friend!! Ed never had anything bad to say about anyone. He maybe gone from our lives in the physical but he will remain in our hearts forever more . His work was finished here. He now has entered the kingdom of heaven, with our heavenly father where we all shall meet again!! with love always and forever R.I.P

  9. I love you Ed. Thanks for all the great times through the years,The good times and the bad, laughter and tears. I'll miss you my friend. I pray for comfort for all us you left behind. Until we meet again ...

  10. I was so saddened to read of Ed's death.
    He was such a nice person and was a tremendous help to me when I recorded the stones at Forest Hill Cemetery.
    My love and prayers are with you all.

    Eleanor Schwalb

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed dearly, but the memories will last forever. Take one day at a time. We wish you all much comfort thru this difficult time.

  12. We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad Christy. I know how much you loved him. He will be missed dearly, but his memories will go on forever. Take one day at a time and know that he is still with you everyday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family thru this difficult time.

  13. Thank you so much for all the wonderful thoughts about my dad. He will be dearly missed by so many people. I'm so proud of the legacy he has left and a bit of him remains in all of us with those acts of kindness we received. Now it's time to pass those kindnesses on to others. Love you all, Christy

  14. Well what can I say? We practically grew up together married at 18 and 19, 37 years in all. We were not together the last couple years and I never got over you leaving. Life just ended for me, I couldn't move on, you were part of me. You were my life, a wonderful father to our children and husband to me. Our family will never be the same. There are so many memories, we lived an interesting life to put it mildly. When we sang I was the perfect harmony to your melody. You always came through for us when we needed something. My heart will always be yours Schmoopy ha ha. I love you now and I always will. May we meet again. I'll be waiting.