Edward Antoney Fosler: May 15, 1924 - May 14, 2012

Published on Wed, May 16, 2012
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Born on May 15, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan, Ed died peacefully on May 14, 2012, in his home in Birch Bay, Washington. 

Ed was an extraordinary man – a caring and compassionate friend and a mentor to many. Ed was a friend of Bill Wilson’s for more than 42 years. He was a wonderful example of living one day at a time with a positive attitude and a peaceful spirit. Ed was full of wisdom, a man who observed and understood many things, but never judged anyone. He inspired many people, and he will be greatly missed and remembered with love.

Ed was the oldest of three boys born to Clarence (Tony) and Eva Fosler. After high school, Ed attended Wayne State University in Detroit. He was drafted into the Army Air Force in March, 1943 and ultimately traveled to England, France, Belgium and Germany during World War II. After leaving the service, Ed continued with his studies and graduated from Wayne State University in 1951 with a liberal arts degree. He then worked for Studebaker Packard, making their production lines more efficient.

Ed moved to California in 1959 and worked for Radio Corporation of America (RCA). He furthered his education throughout the years by attending UCLA and USC. Eventually, Ed’s career took him to Los Angles where he worked for Hughes Aircraft, retiring from there in 1989.

In 1970, Ed married his wife Joan. They lived in Culver City, California, until they moved to Birch Bay in 1994. From 1996 until 2011, Ed and Joan traveled to all seven continents, but they always made sure to have summers in Birch Bay, where they would have friends and family out on their boat for weeks at a time.

Ed had a passion for playing cards. Any game would do, whether it was playing Go Fish! with one of his grandchildren or playing bridge with any number of friends and family members. Ed loved to ski and fly his Cessna 172; he was a member of the Washington Pilots Association. Boating was also a favorite activity, and he particularly enjoyed cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Ed liked to fix things and was generally found under a car or tinkering on the boat. He found great joy in checking the stock market and talking about the economy. He enjoyed ice cream – a great deal – and he always had a cup of coffee in his hand. Most of all, Ed loved to laugh, and he was a wonderful storyteller.

Edward is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joan, his children Sharon Baughman of Auburn, Washington, Donald Fosler of Renton, Washington, Patsy Mathison (Charles) of Bellevue, Washington, James Fosler (Dani Crosby) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Deborah Naugler (Scott) of Portland, Oregon; his brothers Clarence and Roger, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.  


Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s in Blaine at H Street and 6th Street on May 18, 2012. Reception to follow.