Schweitzer, Ed

Schweitzer, Ed

July 1st, 2020

April 12, 1927 - July 1, 2020

Ed Schweitzer died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London on Canada Day.

Ed was predeceased by his son Blake in 2018. He is survived by his wife Doreen of 67 years, daughters Karen Speers (Mark) and Janine Schweitzer (Ian Fraser), daughter-in-law Margaret Schweitzer; grandchildren Wolff Schweitzer (Katrina Huszarik), Russell Schweitzer (Erin Burke), Laura MacMillan (Malcolm), Katie Hazelton (Brandon), and Blake Speers; six great-grandchildren, and a number of caring nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ed’s life will take place on Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. Visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Schweitzer family understands that some people cannot attend social gatherings right now because of Covid-19. Please be aware that Covid-19 protocols are in place. Attendees must practice hand hygiene, physical distancing and wear masks. As directed by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario ( numbers will be restricted. If you wish to attend, please email and reference “Schweitzer” in the subject line. Kindly ensure to include your name, address and telephone number. If booking for multiple people, please include their contact information as well.

Ed was a keen gardener. His early roots as a farm boy in Southwestern Ontario remained strong. Prior to moving to a retirement community in 2016, he enjoyed sharing the beauty of his gardens with family and friends. Ed appreciated nature in all of its forms. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed walking in the woods. He loved to share a glass of wine (or two!) with friends and family and was an avid sports fan – baseball, football, golf, and especially hockey.

Ed enjoyed a career as a retail store manager. After retirement he was an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital.

Ed enjoyed life and was an extremely joyful man, even at the end of his life when he faced many health challenges. His love of life and volunteerism were felt by many throughout his life. His church affiliation was particularly important to him. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he had been a member of the choir, assisted with communion and collected offerings.

Ed was fortunate to have good health into his 90’s. Toward the end of his life he was blessed that many caring people were involved with his care. In particular, his family would like to thank the following: Dr. Mario Elia and his team at Lambeth London Family Health Clinic, the staff at Inspirit Residences, and the staff, physicians and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice London.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation to honour Ed's memory are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, Trinity Lutheran Church in London or the charity of your choice.


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Irene FosterI had the privilege of working with Ed on the Volunteer Board and as as one of the CCTC volunteers at LHSC Victoria Campus until his retirement and have very fond memories of a caring man who enjoyed life and his Volunteer mission. In the last two years I ran into Ed a few times at the Long Term Care Home when he visited Doreen and enjoyed a quick chat with him, always amused by the twinkle in his eyes when he admitted not to remember my name but definitely my face. My sincere sympathies to the family, the memories of a good man will support you in time to come.
Karen HolmesSo sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a wonderful, kind man with a great sense of humor. I shall miss him at church. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Reinhard HelbingEd has been a good and dear friend of mine since I came to Trinity Lutheran here in London in 2009. He was the one that walked with me through the church entrance and introduced me to everybody. He also was the one who took me to my first Men's Club meeting on a Saturday and we often sat next to each other and listened to the invited speaker. We became very good friends over the years and I enjoyed him sitting to my left while we sang our praises to the Lord. I liked his wit and his warm and always friendly smile. He and Doreen having moved into the Inspirit Senior Residences, we became like street neighbours and picked each other up for choir practice and other occasions. He literally sang his heart out to the Lord for as long as he was able. Yes, as it says in Ecclesiastes: There is a season for everything! I feel so blessed and so lucky that Ed and I were able to share some of them, good and bad, joyful and sad. I'll often think of him. He is missed by me and many others! My sincere sympathies to the whole family and all his friends.
val tierney So sorry to hear that Mr Schweitzer as passed away, I worked with him in at Marks & Spencer in Westmount Mall, he was a very kind and thoughtful man and it was a pleasure to work for and with him. Val
DonnaYou made a huge impact on my life Ed, I'm so grateful to have met you and what an honour it was to walk through life with you the last 4 years. I love you xoxo Doreen (peanut) Janine and Karen you're an amazing family. I'm thinking of all and praying for you guys.
Kyle MarshEd was such a good and kind soul. I'll always remember whenever I walked into his room he'd smile and and point at me. Seeing him always brightened up my day. He will be missed. Condolences to the family
Dawna Van BoxmeerThe Critical Care Trauma Centre (CCTC) at Victoria Hospital was so fortunate to have Ed as a Volunteer. He was such a kind, soft spoken man with a smile for everyone. I worked alongside Ed for more than 15 years in his role as team member in CCTC and so appreciate the work that he did. My sincere condolences.
Darlene LangfordOn behalf of my colleagues in cctc I would like to send our condolences to the family of Ed. Ed's contributions to helping the visitors and the staff of cctc was immeasurable and will not be forgotten. We are very grateful for Ed's generosity of time and his joyful spirit. He made such a difference.
Ross & Susan Cordell Doreen & Family Heartfelt sympathy to the Schweitzer family on the passing of Ed. As past members of Trinity Lutheran Church, we will cherish the memories of knowing Ed. His infectious smile and unwavering willingness to tackle any church activity were his trademark. It was always a pleasure to interact with Ed, regardless of the project. He was always so positive and upbeat. God Bless! Ross & Susan Cordell Grand Bend
Gary DuncanEd's Family To let you know that thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It was a pleasure to have Ed as a friend through Kiwanis and work with him at CCTC.
Kris ploufI knew Ed from his years of volunteering in CCTC. He was always a friendly face and i loved talking to him about gardening. He was kindhearted and a truly good man. My condolences to his family and friends.
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