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In loving memory of
Edward Wojcik
  • December 05, 1951
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  • September 14, 2021

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On September 14th, 2021, the world lost a true adventure seeker. Edward Walter Wojcik defined “living life to the fullest”. Ed was a dear friend to many. Those lucky enough to be in his inner circle were blessed with an authentic and passionate friendship.

His circle of friends embodied his lust for life. Ed searched the world for the perfect catch. His fishing trips took him and his friends to all corners of the earth. His travels were many and his fishing stories, impressive. The connections Ed made while on the water will last an eternity.

Ed was an avid golfer. As all who play the game, he had a love/hate relationship with his swing. His golfing friends would agree, the best part of playing with Ed was hearing his laugh and simply being in his company. No matter the score, anyone who played around with Ed, walked away a winner.

There was no place Ed would not travel. His interest in learning about other cultures and meeting new people was unmatched. Getting Ed to discuss a trip with you was a thing of beauty. His eyes would light up and he would embrace sharing his adventures.

Ed was born in Passaic, New Jersey on December 5th, 1951. He graduated Mountain High School in 1969. Ed attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and fell in love with the Florida lifestyle and air. Winter Park became his home and he left his mark on his community. Ed married Margo Bayshore, with whom he had two children, Nikki (who gifted him with his two grandchildren) and Chad (who admired his father in every way).
Ed and Margo separated, but remained close.

Ed continued his education at Rollins College by earning his MBA. Ed was a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch for over 40 years. Ed loved his clients and treated them as family. Ed was a leader in his field and received many awards for his services.

Ed met his match when he was ready to remarry. His life changed when he met Ellen Titen (of Winter Park). Ellen was Ed’s loving wife for 35 years. They shared many of the same hobbies and loved the outdoors. Ed and Ellen were a charitable couple who volunteered and helped shape the city of Winter Park. Despite divorcing in 2018, they remained best friends.

Ed had one sister, Wendy Kozak (of Winter Park). Ed and Wendy were constant companions. They bonded over their Italian heritage and would create magic in the kitchen. Wendy was Ed’s biggest fan. They challenged each other to be the best version of themselves and worked at great lengths to maintain their family history. Wendy’s husband, Richard Kozak, was like a brother to Ed and they often shared elaborate jokes and good natured fun.

Few were spared from their intensity during a family game night. Ed had two grandchildren, Bella and Austin. Bella’s free spirit would mesmerize her grandfather and they shared countless special memories. Ed was proud of Austin and his hardworking attitude and thoughtful character. They will miss their grandfather, but his legacy will live within them.

Ed’s family extended to Wendy’s children, Eric Kozak (who was one of Ed’s favorite fishing buddies), Krista Wilson (who shared his passion for travel); and Jaime Madsen (who loved to cook with her uncle). Ed had a special relationship with his nieces and nephews, Sutton, Katherine, Quinn, Kyler, Trevor and Jeffrey. They looked up to their uncle and wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Ed helped us all find within ourselves those gifts that make each of us special. He held an extraordinary beauty to bring intensity and love to those he met. Ed left this world better than he found it and that truly is, the prefect catch.

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  1. Jeff Baumann says:
    10 Oct 2021
    Ed still hard to believe you are gone. We shared many a good time from when we first got to really know each other in Israel in 1993,to fishing trip in Canada, golf in Scotland and many simple special times discussing and solving the world’s problems. I will definitely miss you my friend. Jeff

  2. Lenna Quinn posted an image:
    27 Sep 2021

  3. Lenna Quinn says:
    27 Sep 2021
    When I married into the Quinn Family in 1988, I found out soon that Eddie Wojcik was part of our family. One of my favorite memories of Eddie was when he took the time to visit us in Hilton Head SC to personally sit down with our children and explain some things about what their grandfather had set up for them. He would also visit us in Park City where we had a family home. He loved the mountains of Utah and always enjoyed the outdoors. We never were surprised to look up at an outdoor concert and see Eddie & Ellen enjoying the music under the stars!

    When I shared with my children about Eddie passing, their first comment was how Eddie took the time each year to send a Birthday card to wish them well. Eddie was always thoughtful.

    Prayers to all his family and friends, especially to Ellen whom we've gotten to know and love. May the God of Comfort hold you close during this time.

    The Quinn Family, Brooks, Lenna, Creighton & Christine

  4. Marit Ytsma says:
    25 Sep 2021
    Dear Wendy and Rich and family, sending you love and strenght from Holland. Eric and Marit

  5. Nikki Wojcik posted an image:
    25 Sep 2021
    Dad bella
    Dad bella

  6. Nikki Wojcik says:
    25 Sep 2021
    My dad was such an amazing man. I was always so honored to introduce him or to just even speak of him. I always strived to make him proud though I came up short many times. The glow in my dad's eyes when he was with his grandchildren was something you could just sit and watch with joy. Austin got his smarts from pop pop so they kept each other on their toes playing various games, especially chess and speaking of trivia information. Austin has so many of my dad's traits it's no surprise what a strong, stable, charming man he has grown into. I think he and Bella had their own special relationship. Information is what feeds her soul and he loved to share it with her and indulge all her follow up questions. They always planned out trips and there is only 1 thing she sits still for; to listen to stories about his trips, the details of architecture and language, just culture in general. I sit with a million & 1 things I wish I did different to share a more intimate relationship with him. I hope he left knowing I loved and adored him and had only good memories of him. I will always be jealous of the times we lost and I would trade places with you, I would give everything I have for 1 open & raw day shared loving each other. I'm grateful that you are at peace. The struggle is over and we will all live honorable lives making our way through our families legacy happy, healthy and free.

  7. Paul lit a candle:
    25 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 25, 2021 at 9:05:34 AM

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    25 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 25, 2021 at 9:58:07 AM

  9. Jay Colling says:
    24 Sep 2021
    I am selfishly sad that we will never again share a bottle of wine, or spear fish or laugh together. You were a good friend, a bottomless source of good times.
    All those spearfishing, scalloping, fishing, drinking … trips in the ‘80s. Those were great times.
    It is not for me to understand why it ended as it did. It is left for all of us to cherish the memories you made with us.
    Travel well, Eddie. Rest In Peace.
    Your friend,
    Jay Colling

  10. Donna Restaino says:
    24 Sep 2021
    This is one of the loveliest obituaries I have ever read.
    As cousins, out family has a special and u inquest bond and while I did not spend a lot of time with Eddie, my favorite memory and precious time was a Faux Christmas Eve gathering when he and Austin came up to the Pocs. We all spent a day skiing together - including my Gabe Olivia and Yale. It was a wonderful, beautiful day full of family, fun and exhilaration, a precious time.
    Wishing Ed peace, alot of big catches and holes in one.
    Until we meet again…

  11. Austin Wojcik says:
    23 Sep 2021
    In loving memory of my brave achiever of a grandfather. Most caring and adventurous person I’ve known so selfless and loving. Will be missed and forever remembered.

  12. Joanne Maher Gavin says:
    23 Sep 2021
    Eddie was a high school friend who was ALWAYS kind. I have never forgotten him and always had kind thoughts when his name was mentioned through the years. I am deeply saddened to hear he is gone.
    God’s strength and His blessings through this sad time.

  13. Joanne Maher Gavin says:
    23 Sep 2021
    Edward was a friend in high school. Although we never were in contact after graduation I remember him fondly. He was always kind and I just wanted to say how sad I am that he is gone.
    God bless his family and friends during this time.
    Joanne Maher

  14. Nonie Ogilvie says:
    22 Sep 2021
    Dear Wendy and family,
    We are heartsick for your wonderful family and Eddie’s. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our best love,
    Nonie & Chuck

  15. Wendy Kozak says:
    22 Sep 2021
    It's so hard to imagine life without you. I promise to do my best to live up to your expectations ~ catching that elusive bass on Lake Naomi, perfecting Mom's eggplant parmigiana, and trying to learn Bridge (again). You had a great life, brother, and you will be missed by so many people. We'll all support each other as we go through our days without your laugh, your concern for each of us, and our Rummikube games.
    I love you with all my heart,
    Your little sister

  16. Grady McBride says:
    22 Sep 2021
    I wasn’t a close friend of Ed’s but played a few rounds of golf with him. He always made the people around him feel comfortable and he had a great sense of humor. He seemed to be really enjoying life and it’s so sad to see him go! He will be sorely missed!

  17. hank alberson says:
    22 Sep 2021
    Eddie, my great and generous friend: You will be missed for a very long time. The adventures and stories we created are the stuff of legends, and will be retold countless times. I wish I would have known more, so maybe I could have helped more. Be seeing you on the other side, my friend.
    Your partner in adventures and fun,
    Hank Alberson

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