US Navy

Edward Raymond O'Patick

April 14, 1933 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Edward O'Patick Obituary

On February 1, 2024, we said goodbye to our father Edward Raymond O’Patick. He was 90 years old.

Ed graduated from Franklin High School, Franklin, NJ in 1951, and then joined the US Navy where he worked as an electronic technician on the USS Leyte and USS Midway. In 1955 Ed returned to Franklin. The next year he married his sweetheart Olga and started a family in 1959.

He worked for Bendix Aviation in Teterboro, NJ as a designer/engineer on the B58 Hustler, the first supersonic bomber. Much to his father’s dismay, Ed announced that he was leaving the job that required him to wear a tie and push a pencil. He wanted to build houses, and so he did. “Ed O’Patick Custom Builder” is painted in white lettering on a red background. The aged wood sign that was once attached to Ed’s work truck, now hangs on the wall of my home. The paint is chipped, and the wood is cracked and splintered, but it has stood the test of time. It is a reminder of when my father was in the prime of his life, at the top of his game, enjoying his work and his family. He was always a family man and had a close relationship with his grandchildren. Ed was a master craftsman and took pride in the numerous homes that he built. Whenever we are in New Jersey, my family takes a nostalgic driving tour past the homes that my father constructed. I picture my grandfather, uncles, and cousins there working alongside my dad. It was a family affair. I imagine my sister as a child, tethered to the roof by a rope, while my father laid roofing shingles a few feet away. Times were different back then.

Having had enough of “the white stuff” (snow), Ed moved his family to South Daytona, FL in 1974. He held several jobs while living there, including working as a plumber for the Volusia Co. School Board. All the while, he purchased and remodeled homes on the side, often planting a Sycamore tree in the yard of each house upon completion.

Ed was known for being a hard worker, always on the go. He often said, “I have to keep going. If I sit down, I won’t get up again.” That is a phrase I didn’t understand as a child but understand all too well now. In addition to proudly remodeling homes for his two daughters, he passed on his construction knowledge and skills to his son Shawn. Ed once said, “I can die now. My son knows how to build a house from start to finish.”

During his retirement, Ed enjoyed simple pleasures such as sitting on the porch with his wife, fishing with his son, walking around his farms, and gardening. He could often be found standing in the center of his bean patch surveying the outcome.

The hands that were once calloused, scratched, and scented like Comet cleaner became soft and still in recent years. Oh how I loved to hold his hand. A man once filled with fight and grit, became gentler. In the stillness, there was healing.

We children and our spouses all had a hand in Dad’s care throughout the years and my father expressed his gratitude to his family for taking care of him, each in different ways.  We were grateful for the opportunity to give back.  It brought us closer to our father.  Although the road was long and bumpy, it was fueled by hearts overflowing with love and commitment.

There were many other caregivers who helped, but one in particular was there from the start and stayed until the end. With gratitude that cannot be appropriately expressed, we thank Tracy Flanary, who treated my father with the same love and respect that she gave her own.

Edward wasn’t the type of man to say, “I love you”, it was just a given. In recent years, he said it often and for that we are grateful. He loved and is survived by his daughter Valerie and husband, Dean; son Shawn and wife, Andrea; daughter Michelle and husband, David; as well as seven grandchildren and great grandchildren. Edward and his wife Olga will be laid to rest together in the VA Mountain Home Cemetery in Johnson City, TN.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the O’Patick family at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com. 

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin is privileged to serve the O’Patick family. (423) 743-1380.

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