C.E. ‘Ed’ Whyte Jr.
MOUNT VERNON — C.E. “Ed” Whyte Jr., 70, of Mount Vernon died suddenly Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in an accident on the property that he loved so much, west of Mount Vernon.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Kay; his mother, Rhoda; and brother, John of Scio; sister, Charlotte (Tom) Rohrenbeck of Cape Coral, Fla.; as well as four adult children, Frank (Kitty), Jeff (Peggy) and Ed, all of Mount Vernon, and Kym Thompson of Dublin. He was the grandfather of 10: Tiffany, Abbey, Katy, Andrea, Lindsay, Anisa, Dustyn, Devyn, Stuart and Spencer; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A veteran of the Naval Reserves, Ed was the longtime data processing manager for the Ohio Company, and later founded the Human Touch Florist in Dublin with his wife, Kay. During this period he also served as the president of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental for much of the growth that Dublin experienced in the 1980s. Later, he served as building manager for the Salesian Center Boys and Girls Club in Columbus, and also retired from the Utica Police Department with the rank of major. Most recently he worked on a part-time basis in the family business at Mount Vernon Machine and Tool. Ed enjoyed many diverse hobbies and activities and was a founding member of Ducks Unlimited Ohio and the Ohio Valley Retriever Club. He was an avid sailor and fly fisherman, and served as the secretary of the Land of Legend Fly Fisherman’s Club in Newark. Ed loved the outdoors, especially waterfowl hunting with his sons, and he was featured in an article in the Waterfowler.com Journal several years ago. Ed was a proud graduate of Aquinas High School Class of 1955, and enjoyed his monthly meetings with the Aquinas Alumni Association. He was a member of the Shamrock Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Single Action Shooters Society, and enjoyed Civil War Reenacting, and participated often in Cowboy Action Shooting Events. He was also a member of the Ohio Association of Retired Police Officers. Ed was a skilled woodworker and loved to create antique furniture from period wood, and made many beautiful pieces in his lifetime. He was an amazing man with incredible talents and will be dearly missed by all those who have known and loved him.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mark Hammond will be the celebrant. Burial to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.