Edwin H. Smith, Sr., age 57, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 at UTMB Hospital. He was born in Galveston, Texas on November 28, 1953. He grew up in Port Bolivar and as a child, he developed a love for the water and Shrimping. As an adult he owned two shrimp boats, the “Karen Ann” and the Victory”. He always found the water to be peaceful. As time went by, he found his second calling: EMS. A career that spanned over 25 years, until his death. He studied and became a paramedic, then went to work for Galveston EMS. However, he also volunteered on the Bolivar Peninsula, and was the EMS Coordinator for the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire and EMS Department for numerous years. He made people feel safe, knowing he would be on the ambulance to help them in their time of need. Most people on the Peninsula would request that “Big Ed” be on the ambulance call. He also taught EMS classes both on the Bolivar Peninsula and in Galveston County. Although he did not graduate high school, one of his proudest accomplishments was getting his high school diploma through the G.E.D. Program. He loved to go fishing and in recent years took up golfing, which he found very relaxing. “Big Ed” will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Harry Alvin Smith; mother Norma Marie Smith; son Leonard Paul Smith; and nephew Gary Lee Smith, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Jan Smith; sons Edwin Harry Smith, Jr.and wife Sallie, and David Smith; grandchildren Edwin H. “Ty” Smith, III, Gregory Freeman, Tatyana Freeman and Cherelle Freeman; great-grandchildren Ethan Freeman, Taylor Lewis, Trinity Phillips and Randall Armelin; sisters Marta Carter and Audrey Smith; brothers David Alvin Smith and Gary Lee Smith and wife Debbie; nieces and nephews, Cheryl Herrod and husband Lanny, Jennifer Smith, Misty Lively and husband Mark, Courtney Murphy and husband Brian, Shannon Smith, Jackie Smith, Sarah Smith, Donnie Carter and wife D’nay; one great-nephew and two great-nieces; and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Port Bolivar Methodist Church, with C.L. Garey officiating. Interment will follow at the Port Bolivar Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Sean Migues, Brian Bader, Donnie Carter, Tommy Leigh, Greg Kunkel and Peter Nyquist. Honorary pallbearers will be Galveston EMS, Fire and Police Departments.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the following: UTMB, Dr. Rangasetty, Dr. Celis and Barbara Hayes, COA; CATH Lab nurses, Marie Bocado, Thien Nguyen and Nikki Williams; the UTMB ER staff; The Galveston EMS Crew who transported him to the hospital; and for all of the well wishes and kind words from everyone who worked with him and knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ambassador Preparatory Charter School Education Field Trip Fund, 5001 Avenue U, Galveston, Texas 77551, 409-762-1115.
J. LEVY & TERMINI FUNERAL HOME