Reverend Mr. Edwin Earl Llewellyn, Jr., our beloved "Papa," passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Galveston on October 8, 1937, and is preceded in death by parents Georgia and Earl Llewellyn, Sr., and in-laws Mr. and Mrs. William Butterowe.
He is survived by wife Jo Elaine, children Pam Brady (Colleen Daly), Sharon Petronella (Steven Blair), Edwin Earl Llewellyn, III(Debbie Llewellyn), Leann Carmical (Russell Carmical) and grandchildren Jennifer Brady, Angela Hogland, Claire Brady, Sara Rose Llewellyn, Nick Llewellyn, Frankie B. Petronella, Sam Llewellyn, Grayson Blair, Jacob Carmical, Isabella Carmical, and great grandchild Jonathan Hogland. He is also survived by sisters GiGi Schmidt (John Schmidt) and Betty Bell, as well as brothers-in-law Pete Butterowe (Jean Butterowe) and Davidson Lloyd (Tom Keegan) and sisters-in-law Nan Bensyl (William Bensyl) and Marilyn Butterowe, and their families, numerous cousins, and extended family members including Patrick Brady and Frank P. Petronella.
In his lifetime, Papa played many roles. His fiercely competitive nature and indomitable spirit led him to football stardom at Kirwin High School and the University of Houston, from which he graduated magna cum laude; to being named the youngest regional light heavyweight Golden Gloves champion; and to a successful career in public relations. But it was his spiritual nature and deep devotion to his faith that led him to the study of theology and ultimately to ordination in 1978 as a member of the Catholic Church's Permanent Deaconate. He utilized this training in later years as a member of the Chaplain's Corps for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital and in his role as Deacon at several local parishes, including Sacred Heart Church in Galveston, St. Mary's Parish in Texas City, and Queen of Peace Church in La Marque.
Our Papa was a delightful (and sometimes maddening) conundrum. He was possessed of a razor sharp wit, a love of reading and learning, a superior intelligence, and a love of history-all of which made him a formidable opponent or staunch ally during family game nights, which he cherished. He was never happier than when surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandson, content to be immersed in the happy chaos of family life. He was ever fiercely loyal to his family, his friends, and his faith, and though his illness ultimately took his life, it never claimed his spirit.
We who loved him now are left to celebrate his life and mourn his passing, secure in the knowledge that at last he has found peace. We gratefully acknowledge the love, support, and prayers of his many friends and the devotion provided by his caregivers at M.D. Anderson, all of whom without fail treated both him and us with expert proficiency, tender compassion, and unfailing respect.
The family will receive visitors from 5:30 to 7 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Sacred Heart Church, to be immediately followed by a Vigil Service. A funeral mass is to be held at Sacred Heart at 11 am on Wednesday April 9, 2008, with Father Niall Nolan officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to Kim's Place at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital, which provides a recreational area for child and adolescent cancer patients undergoing treatment (P.O. Box 297153; Houston, Texas 77297). We can think of no greater homage to a generous and loving man.