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Edgar L. Halderman
  • January 18, 1943
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  • March 24, 2021

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Edgar L. (Ed) Halderman, age 78, died on March 24, 2021, of cancer at his home in Sarasota, FL. He was born January 18, 1943, the only child of Myrton E. and Isabell A. Halderman of Cogan Station, PA.  He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, the former Linda Kay Walter of McEwensville, PA, his daughter, Christina Rafter, of S. Williamsport, PA, his step-daughter, Natasha Gapinski, of Davenport, FL, and his step-son, Lance Braughler, of St. Petersburg, FL.

Ed graduated from Williamsport High School in the Vocational Technical class in 1961. He served four years in the U.S. Navy with a rank of Boiler Tech 2 on the USS Dahlgren DLG-12. His ship made two tours of the Mediterranean Sea and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade.  He was discharged from the Navy a few days before his ship was deployed to Vietnam.

As a boiler tech, he was unknowingly exposed to asbestos, which 55 years later led to his diagnosis of Mesothelioma cancer that caused his death.

After leaving the Navy, Ed had a variety of careers. He worked in several factories in the Williamsport, PA area. He was a driver for UPS. He worked in displays and as a security guard at several retail locations, including Sears, in St. Petersburg and Sarasota, FL. He was a server at the restaurant at a yacht club, and a host at Applebee’s. He worked at Walt Disney World in custodial at American Adventure in EPCOT, recreation at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, and animal programs and several food locations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. His last job before retirement was with Burger King.

Ed enjoyed many hobbies. He was self-taught in stained glass and oil paintings (over 100 paintings), created assemblages from wood and other objects, wrote a number of short stories, and made 24 stop-action and virtual reality videos using action figures.

After leaving Pennsylvania in 1985, Ed and Linda lived in St Petersburg, FL; Sarasota, FL; Davenport, FL; and Mesa, AZ. Sarasota was home for the past 20 years.

Interment will be in the Sarasota National Cemetery.  Ed was a very special man, a loving and thoughtful husband and father, and a good friend.  He will be missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Ed may be made to either Moffitt Cancer Center, PO Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623-3827; Florida Cancer Specialists, 1970 Golf St., Sarasota, FL 34236; or Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.


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  1. 17 Apr 2021
    Natasha Gapinski says:
    Ed was the kind of person who just got more interesting and accomplished as the years went by. When he and my mother started dating, he was just starting to focus on oil painting and stained glass work, and was already showing amazing talent. He was always either making something (writing a story, building a new deck, learning about computers, perfecting his pizza dough formula, etc.) or planning his next project. He packed a whole lot of living and love for his family into 78 years. It was hard to see him suffer with the cancer, and we are glad he will be free from that pain now, but his absence leaves a hole in our hearts.

  2. 08 Apr 2021
    Linda Halderman says:
    Ed was my best friend for over 41 years and the best husband a girl could ever have. He showed his love for me in the little things that he did for me each day. I often came home from work to find a clean house, freshly baked bread or pitas, and a delicious dinner waiting for me. He gave me flowers in beautiful oil paintings and stained glass windows. He entertained me with his many short stories and over 20 stop-motion and virtual-reality movies that he created. He loved to tell me all about how he made these things as we shared our day with each other. I can't begin to express how much I miss him in our now empty home and my daily life. I didn't want to lose him, but I'm glad that he is no longer suffering from his cancer. May you rest in peace, my love. Linda

  3. 04 Apr 2021
    Wanda Kerr says:
    We have known Linda and Ed for a few years, and they have always been very friendly and helpful. Our heartfelt condolences to Linda and the family,
    Wanda & Alan

  4. 02 Apr 2021
    Barbara M. Cumber says:
    I was Blessed to know Ed. He was always working on the most interesting projects. I enjoyed when he described what he was doing and how it was done. So much patience with every project. He also had the most giving heart with his computer skills. No matter how dumb my questions were, he was patient and kind. He always took care of my computer woes. That was his way. He just loved helping.
    I so look forward to seeing you again, Brother Ed. Say hello to my big brother for me. You two have so much in common. Ask Jesus to introduce you to him. You two can sit and compare Navy Boiler and Cuban Blockade stories. I know he'll like you. What's not to like?

  5. 02 Apr 2021
    sally garfield says:
    My condolences to Linda and Ed's family. I knew Ed for the past three years. He and Linda live across from me. He was an unassuming, kind, and gentle soul. When my daughter visited, she'd come across Ed working in the Pool House; he would patiently listen to her many questions about the complex where we live and her questions about Florida weather. She enjoyed their conversations. And I will miss seeing him on his back patio at the barbeque grill and waving and hollering hellos to each other. Good journey home, Ed. Sally and Holly Garfield

  6. 02 Apr 2021
    Dick Ogden says:
    Ed & I worked together in the fire room on the USS Dahlgren DLG 12 from 1964-1965. We reconnected last year thanks to Ed searching me out and we had lots of fun reminiscing about our old Navy days onboard ship and on liberty! We had lots of phone calls where we got to know his lovely wife Linda also. Ed will be greatly missed as will our wonderful phone calls. Our love, prayers and sympathy are with Linda and his family during this difficult and sad time. Sail on sailor! Godspeed! Dick & Cathy Ogden

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