Edward Fritch Valdez, 80 years of age, of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on November 7, 2020. Edward was born on January 7, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Paul and Lula Valdez. He grew up a country boy in the city – he grew up in the 6th ward. Edward is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Lula Valdez, his younger brother Albert M. Valdez, his loving in-laws Severiano and Petra Barajas, and his favorite dog Duke.
Edward is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Helen Valdez, aka "Honey Bee". Also left to mourn his memory are his children Steve (Sandy), Theresa (Ron), Lori (Roy), Kenny (Amber). His grandchildren Jason LaCarter, John LaCarter, Kayla Salas (Herman), Amy Valdez (Alex), James LaCarter, Edward B. Valdez, Jonathan Valdez (Jenny), and Alyssa Valdez. His great-grandchildren Xavier LaCarter, Scarlett Isabella LaCarter, Oliver Archibald, Leah Salas, Ariana Escobedo. His brother Ernest Valdez (Rosie)
Edward was a long-time employee of the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post Newpaper. Other jobs he held was Igloo Ice House, Nicholson Fan Company, and Schumacher Plating
Edward was a talented poet, he loved writing and reciting poetry to family, friends, and strangers. He was a very loving family man – to him family was everything. A talented singer – a lover of classics such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett. He loved antiques, coins, knives, guns, and classic cars. He never met a stranger.
Visitation will be held in the Community Hall of Notre Dame Catholic Church located at 7720 Boone Rd., Houston, Texas on Thursday, November 12, 2020. From 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. You are encouraged by the church to wear your mask, as they are required (No outside drinks or food allowed, only bottled water).
Funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4918 Cochran St., Houston, Texas 77009 on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.
We will leave in procession from the church and pass by the home of Edward and Mary Valdez for just a moment and go straight to Woodlawn Cemetery located at I-10 at Antoine for burial.
Thank you all who have called, messaged, stopped by, shared a kind word about our Father. He indeed was an incredible man. Though this day will be tough, my father prepared us all for this day, in fact several months ago he had me video tape goodbye love letters to my siblings, myself, my Mom, his heart Dr., and his Brother Ernest. I was asked to hold on to them until he took his final breath. One by one, I sent the video's out to those he loved. PRICELESS.
From the family:
A SPECIAL thank you to his heart Dr., Dr Shahin Tavackoli. Dr. Tavackoli, I know our father had more years here on earth because God works through you, your dedication, kindness, knowledge have been a blessing to our family. A huge thank you for the care you gave our father, not only your patient but your friend and you in turn as he called you one of his V.I.P's. We will forever love you.
Our sincere gratitude to the amazing staff at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital on Gessner Rd. The emergency room staff, the doctors and nurses who gave such great care to our father and even unexpectedly moving him into a huge suite that is there.
A thank you to the paramedics from Houston Fire Station 30 on Irvington Blvd. In the last few months we saw you more and more, and every time you came you treated my Father with such kindness and compassion. May God always watch over you as you watch over others. We love you.
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