Obituary: Edward James Atkins Jr. |

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 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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