Born August 4, 1930 in
Warren, Ohio, passed away
January 18, 2019 in Pittsburgh,
PA. “Big Ed” was a loving
husband, father, veteran, and
mentor to countless young
adults, and a highly respected
electronics engineer, salesman,
photographer, and a life-long
learner. With a legendary
sense of humor, the inability
to remember the original
words to any songs, and the
gentle compassion to let you
learn from mistakes without
judgement, Big Ed was easy to
meet, to know, and to be
around. Ed was predeceased
by his daughter, Evelyn; and
survived by his wife, Donna
“Jean” (Fitch) Meredith; his
children, Dr. Elaine Malec,
Edward, Jr. (wife, Stacey), Eric
(wife, Sara), and Tencia; 12
grandchildren; 17 great-
grandchildren; a sister, Lenore
(husband, James) Callihan; and
numerous nieces and
nephews. He was a veteran of
the Korean Con?ict. Big Ed
was a recognized expert in
electronics, radio, and
television repair, and
established Meredith Electronics
in 1960 out of his garage in
Warren. He moved his family
to Pittsburgh in 1974 to
continue what would be a
25-year career with Motorola,
in which he became a pioneer
in the area of data radio
transmission, referred to
today as text messaging. After
retirement, he continued
Meredith Electronics with Ed,
Jr., became a real estate
agent, and a highly sought
photographer for Coldwell
Banker. In the 1960s, Ed and
Jean led a series of mission
trips with high school students
for Christ Episcopal Church in
Warren, Ohio to remote
locations including Nicaragua,
Guatemala, and Puerto Rico to
rebuild churches and spread
the love of God. In one mission
to Guatemala, Ed and Jean
sponsored a young, deaf child
and brought her back to the
States for treatment. They
later adopted the child, Tencia,
and raised her as their own.
Big Ed's generosity, expertise,
and humor will be forever
missed. Funeral arrangements
by BEINHAUER'S. Family and
friends welcome to celebrate
the life of Big Ed at 2630 W.
Liberty Ave., Dormont, (412)
531-4000, on Wednesday, 3
p.m. until time of service at
4:30 p.m. Please add or view
tributes at
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PostedJanuary 22, 2019