Edward Richard Gedney
December 20, 1962 – June 25, 2019
Edward Richard Gedney, age 56, passed away on June 25, 2019 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, surrounded by family.
Ed was born in Englewood, N.J. to parents, DeWitt Clinton Gedney and Virginia Gedney Brackenbury. He was preceded in death by his father, DeWitt; brother, Peter and stepfather, Frederick Brackenbury. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Virginia Brackenbury, sister, Carole Baker and husband, Dan; brother, Richard and his wife Judyann; stepbrothers, John Brackenbury and his wife Lori, Michael and James Brackenbury. Ed is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and their families.
Ed grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey and graduated from Tenafly High School and Montclair State College. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became a navigator on a C-130 aircraft. He proudly served over 20 years with the Air Force Special Operations Command, earned his Master’s Degree and retired in July 2012 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a “Quiet Professional”.
Ed was a gentle, caring, fun-loving, adventurous and generous soul, who was blessed with many close and life-long friendships. He was affectionately known as GEDS by his friends. He grew up playing baseball and other sports and was huge New York Yankees fan for life. He also loved beach life and traveling the world. His family was blessed with a very bright presence when Ed was born and his passing leaves a huge void and heartache in their lives, but also so many very fond and loving memories to cherish.
Rest in peace, Ed. You are loved and missed beyond measure.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home followed by a reception from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation