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Aru EdwardARU, Edward   -   May 12, 1943 – August 18, 2022

On Thursday, August 18, 2022, Ed passed away on the palliative care floor at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in his 80th year with his family by his side.

Ed loved his life and his family and friends.

He was very contented with his many accomplishments throughout his life. His soul mate Dianne, married for 54 years, will dearly miss him.

As a father he was so very proud of and cherished his beloved children: John (predeceased) (Cathy), Joanne Balson (John), Jim (Heather), Keaton Morrison (Sean Casey).

They are comforted knowing he is at peace and his spirit is reunited with his beloved son John and other predeceased family members.

He felt highly privileged to have had such amazing grandchildren: Emily and Dorothy Aru, Jack and Stella Balson, Georgia, Slade and Tallinn Aru and Archer Casey.

Ed had many passions in his life. He was instrumental in starting the Oshawa Hawkeyes football club for which he was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame; he was a proud member of the Samac Foundation for many years, also an avid enthusiastic fisherman.

The nurturing of his passion is now evident in all his grandchildren.

His great love for winter skiing was almost obsessive and all his children and his grandchildren share in the love for this sport and ski well.

His interest in bird watching is legendary to his grandchildren who are beginning to appreciate this passion.

He loved life and enjoyed socializing with his many friends and relatives.

He will be missed and has left an enviable legacy.

There will be a private celebration of Ed’s life held in the fall.

As a tribute to your friend take some time to celebrate his life in your own special way.

He always loved a wee dram of scotch.

The family wish to thank the Cancer Centre Staff at LHO and 4F Palliative Care staff for the care and compassion they bestowed.

Dr. Gergely, our doctor of many years, has been the finest and most caring person for us in our most difficult times.

She is a tribute to her profession.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations; The Samac Foundation where Ed had been director for more than 20 years in his ongoing support of Camp Samac in Oshawa, The Oshawa Hawkeye Football Club or to an Excellence in Nursing Scholarship at Ontario Tech University or charity of your choice.

Forms for this scholarship can be requested from the Advancement office at Ontario Tech University 905-721-8668 x 6728.

Arrangements entrusted with ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME  .

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