Obituary: Edward James Atkins Jr.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Edward James Atkins Jr. Edward J Atkins Jr passed away February 22, 2012 in Huntington NY after a lengthy illness.
Ed was born in Atlantic City, NJ to Edward J Atkins and Stephanie Serbeck. He served in the US Navy and was a Korean war veteran. During his naval career, he witnessed H-bomb testing in the South Pacific, and was serving in Japan when the armistice was signed.
Ed was a talented jack of all trades and#8212; barber/hair stylist, experienced in all phases of residential construction, photographer, artist, painter and chef and#8212; a renaissance man who excelled in everything he did. Ed loved auto racing and, as a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the SCCA, and worked as a scrutineer.
Ed found his way to Truckee in the mid 1970and#8217;s where he co-founded and co-owned and#8220;The Familyand#8221; restaurant. He was also the owner of Atkins Home Maintenance and Repair. After his many years as a resident of Truckee, he moved to New York to marry his beloved wife, Ellen J Barberian, on February 14, 1997, 25 years after their last meeting. While in New York, he became an active member of the VFW- Nathan Hale Post 1469.
Loving father of Kim Atkins of Coarsegold, Ca., Edward J Atkins III of Truckee, Ca., Sgt Joshua J Atkins of Ft Lewis, Washington , and Danielle B. Atkins of Brooklyn, NY. Cherished brother of Rosemary Hampton, Thomas Atkins and the late Angela Holt. Devoted grandfather of nine and great grandfather of four.
He was a hero to all who knew him. A bigger than life man who loved his family, did a lot of hard work and put a lot of living in his 77 years. He was a friend to many, and will be deeply missed by all.
A celebration of Edand#8217;s life will be held Sunday June 17, 2012 at 10099 Meadow Way, Truckee Ca. from 11 am to 5pm.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring copies of any pictures you wish to donate, and your favorite stories of Ed for a family memorial book.
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