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Edward Joseph Carnival

Edward Joseph Carnival

Edward Joseph Carnival died on May 21, 2006, in his home in Ashland, Ore. Edward, better known as Eddie, was born September 22, 1927, in Manhattan, N.Y. to Charles and Madeline Carnival. The family moved to the Bronx when he was four years old, and he attended school there and served as an altar boy at his local parish, until he joined the U.S. Navy on August 26, 1945. He completed training at two Training Centers, one in Bainbridge, M.D. and the other in Newport, R.I. He was rated as a fireman and served on several vessels, including the USS DYESS destroyer. He was granted an honorable discharge on September 21, 1948, entitled to wear the World War II Victory Medal.

In 1961, Eddie moved to San Francisco, Calif. He worked for Pacific Gas & Electric company for 27 years as a maintenance engineer until his retirement in 1989. In 1999, Eddie moved to Ashland, Oregon. Among his passions, Eddie had a love of baseball, including a phenomenal memory for the game's stats, a reverence for fine food, and a fondness for the feeling of the wind in his hair while driving his shiny red Cadillac.

He was well-loved and noted for his big smile, generous spirit, and quiet good-naturedness. A devoted father, Eddie is survived by his daughter, Karen Madeline Carnival, his son-in-law, Dana Lee Greaves, and a granddaughter-in-utero due to be born on Eddie's birthday this year. He will be remembered and missed by his family and circle of friends and acquaintances.

A graveside service was held on May 23, 2006 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. In honor of Eddie's love of baseball, a memorial fund has been set up in his name with The Boys and Girls Club of America (the official charity of Major League Baseball). Donations may be sent In Memory of Edward Carnival, Boys and Girls Club Rogue Valley, 203 S.E. 9th Street, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526.