As of 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the popularity of Ed’s obituary on Facebook was incredible, to say the least. More than 150 people “liked” the story, which is about five times as many for most stories.
The story had garnered a long list of comments, and more than 3,000 had read the story. To put that in context, the biggest Herald stories that we post to our Facebook page have drawn an average of 1,200 readers.
Most notably, again in Facebook lingo, more than 40 readers shared the story about Ed, meaning that they posted it on a friend’s Timeline for them to read.
Of the many comments posted about Ed, here are a few that capture the essence of the man.
Sharlotte Dawson: “Oh no! I loved this sweet man. Such a beautiful soul. He had a very gentle and welcoming spirit that I will never forget. Rest in peace, Ed ...”
Jan Clepper: “What a remarkable man! My daughter looked for him every time we went to Walmart, and not just for a sticker, but for his kindness and that will not be forgotten and did not go unnoticed!”
Aimee Centofanti-Smith: “I only knew him via Walmart, but I just loved him. What a kind soul and sweet man ... I wish I had knwn that he served our country because I would have loved to have had the honor of thanking him for my freedom and giving him a hug ...”
Frances Foster-Austin: “ ... Thank you for all of the times you brought a smile to my face and as well as to all others who crossed your path. Your contagious smile will be forever missed! Looks like heaven was needing another angel ...”
Holly Swogger: “I wonder if he knows how many lives he touched? RIP, Ed. You will be missed ...”