Edward James DePasquale earned his well deserved heavenly wings February 1,2019. Born February 15,1933 in Hudson, NY to Elmer DePasquale and Katherine Perry DePasquale, he lived his last 63 years in Charlotte,NC. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1954.
Ed lived an altruistic life, going to great lengths to help so many . He always had a huge heart, making a tremendous difference in the lives of people he knew and strangers alike.
During his younger years he served as VP of the Mecklenburg Jaycees. In his middle and later years he was actively involved with Carolina Celebration, Metropolitan Community Church, Prime Timers, The Queen City Supper Club and cofounded M.A.P. He spearheaded numerous fund raisers to help those in need. He lead the way assisting in raising several thousands of dollars, making a tremendous difference in his community.
He was a force larger than life with a magnetic energy and a contagious, inspiring personality. Ed was very loved by a tremendous circle of friends. Several of his friends had been close to him for 30-40 years , forming a wonderful extended family that he deeply cherished. Christmas was his favorite holiday, with giant live trees (thanks to Maggie and R.J.) and a house decorated extensively. He shared the holiday with so many and it was a joy to be in his home surrounded by his beautiful collection of Christmas decor.
Ed’s passion was cooking and entertaining, both strong displays of his well honed skills. His expertise brightly shown in his pies, cakes and sit down dinners for 24 people. He even baked cakes and pies in the facility he lived in, for the staff and his friends.
He was an intelligent man, who could converse about any thing from world events, social events, and matters of the spirit and heart. He was always abreast of world events, and had opinions that he loved to share - about everything! It was a joy to have conversations with him about a vast variety of topics. He remained lucid until the last hours of his life.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Katherine DePasquale, his siblings Elmer “Slim” DePasquale and Alice DePasquale Brown.
He is survived by his daughters Vivian Lighthall and Janice DePasquale, their children William Lighthall and Justa Mullen and her husband Michael Mullen. In addition, his great granddaughter and the apple of his eye, Stella Rose Mullen . His absence is deeply felt by his family and large extended family.
A special thank you to Raymond Lamb, Gary Justice, Michael Campanile, William Kruger, Mark Dixon, Bill Badgett, Justa and Michael Mullen and the numerous others who made his life as easy as possible in the last years as his COPD and mobility issues became insurmountable.
In addition the family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Dr. Fitts , Anna and the other nurses that made his last hours peaceful in Huntersville Novant Hospice.
As a continuation of his passion to assist others in need, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following in memory of Ed
.Metropolitan Community Church, 7121 Orr Rd Charlotte, NC 28213; .R.A.I.N, Inc, 601 E 5th St, Suite 470, Charlotte, NC 28202; .Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, PO Bos 758541 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541
A celebration of his life will be held on March 10, 2019 at 1PM at Metropolitan Community Church, 7121 Orr Rd. Charlotte. He will have military honors at his service and inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.