He was a great Army officer. I worked as one of his operations sergeants from 1995-1997 at OEC, later AEC in Alexander, VA. He never interfered with me performing my duties. I admired his ability to stand back and let me work. My fondest memory is the day I accidentally threw away his lunch. I cleaned out the refrigerator, and his food was unmarked. I asked no questions concerning who owned what; especially if the bag was nameless, like his was. From that day until I the day left the command in March 1997, he never let me escape my error. He jokingly harassed me until I left the command. To his family, continue to REMEMBER him fondly. I am glad, I have military photos of he and I.
Just found out about this. He was the XO when I was a Lieutenant in the late 80s. Great person, leader and mentor.
I will always remember Ed for his integrity, kindness and joyful personality. He was a stand up gentleman and friend to everyone he met. It was a privilege to always work with him on the many Rotary projects and to see his leadership at work on committees here and abroad. His faith and love for his family were number one on his agenda. He will be missed. Ed, you made being a Rotarian fun to be a part of. My condolences to your family. Rest in peace now good and faithful servant. Sandy wright
Ed was one of the kindest people that I have ever known. He had a giving heart and a gentle spirit. His legacy will be in the lives that touched and the improvements that he made in places around the world and especially in Honduras. We missed him on the most recent water projects trip and had no idea he would never take another one. We are all better for having known Ed, and he will long be remembered in Honduras for the work he did there.
A truly wonderful man. We are truly blessed to have known him
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"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." Ed Irick's legacy is his integrity, his service to others, and his kindness to all. His life made a difference in this world. My hope is that the family will find solace in remembering the life that Ed lived. He was such a good man.
Judith S. Prince
My sincere condolences to Carol and all of Ed’s family. Ed was an amazing person; words cannot describe him. I am truly blessed to have had Ed as a friend. I have so many fond memories of being with Ed and working with him on many Rotary projects which included Duck Derby, Joust for Fun, EAFK, Dictionary Project, and Rotary Board, and Committee meetings. Ed was the consummate problem solver, an endless volunteer and creator of how to build things and “get er done”. He and I worked closely together on all of those projects and of course, we had pre-meetings that involved “Miller time” where those problems really got solved. We also had endless Army stories that we shared…he loved his Army service. Clemson football games with Ed were also very special times. He was devoted to his family, and he loved helping his family with home repair projects. Ed was one of a kind…so many positive attributes could be used to describe Ed. Most of all I am thankful and very very blessed to have Ed in my life. I will miss you, my friend!
I will never forget the many times Ed picked up my dad to take to church, or coordinated with others to do so. The beauty of having veterans of formerly enemy countries (dad was in the German air force in WW2) worship together under one roof.
Ed's cheerfulness at all times is a testament to his deep faith.
My sincere condolences to the family of Ed Irick. Ed was a sweet & truly dedicated man! His sense of humor & honor made him special to everyone who met him. He will be sorely missed.
Ed was the epitome of a gentleman. He never had a harsh word about anyone, and I will always remember his smile. He loved everybody, and everybody loved him. You could talk to him and leave the conversation convinced that he was your best friend, more importantly, he wanted you to be his best friend. He loved his family, and he loved telling everyone how proud he was of them. He loved Carol, and he let everybody know that he loved her. Whether his faith, his family, or his devotion to the Army, Ed lead by example. My heart aches for Carol, Allison, Caroline, and Edward. I know I am a better person because of him.
A stellar human being, a salt-of-the-earth person, and a real man. I always said everyone should have the privilege of knowing Ed Irick. Love that guy. I will greatly miss him, his wisdom, his kindness, and his humility. I will always be thankful that he is part of my life.
Ed Irick was a special person and a fine human being who will be missed by us and by many. He was always kind, helpful, caring, and thoughtful. Someone totally dedicated and committed to his tasks at hand. We have many fond memories of him, our lunches at the Olive Garden and working together on Rotary’s Joint District Conference in Charleston several years ago. He was also a family man who loved and often spoke of his wife, Carol, and their children and grandchildren.
Because of who and what Ed was, he will be remembered by us and by many at the Rotary, as well as by his many friends in the military and beyond who had the privilege to know him. Our deepest sympathies to Carol and his family for their loss. And continuing prayers for strength and courage during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences to the Irick Family... We truly lost a great man, a dedicated life long Rotarian. Farewell Ed! you will be missed dearly!!!
There were so many pictures I wanted to share. Ed had such a giving heart. I was looking for a picture of him with the EAFK students at Cashion Elementary School. The EAFK project was so dear to him and as I understand, it was one of the reasons for starting the Duck Derby.
He helped with the tree planting, with the Habitat Builds and he brought so much joy to everyone he met. I always looked forward to seeing Ed at meetings where he would say, "I am so glad you got to see me!"
I am so sad I will not get to see him again. He made such a positive impact on my, as I know he did on others. I am so sorry for the pain and suffering he went through and for the loss you all are experiencing. I hope it gives you some solace to know he was dearly loved in the community.
Colonel Ed Irick was one of the most gentle, kind and dedicated servants to God, his family and the Eastminister Church that one could ever ask for or to ever know.
Our hearts go out to Carol and his family at this time of sorrow and grief.
Ed will be missed sorely but not forgotten.
I was privileged to work with you through Rotary for only a short time. You will be missed.
We are praying for you and your family as you grieve the passing of your dad. Hold onto those fond memories that will carry you through these days.
Larry and Kimberly Ward
Ed and I met in the early ‘70’s when we were both in the 2d Bn 10th FA at Fort Benning, GA. He as a Lieutenant. Me as a Captain. It was easy to see even at that early time of his career that he could become a future Army Senior Leader. He led by example and soldiers favorably responded to his leadership.
Years passed before our careers crossed again. In 1985 we were both assigned to the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. Because of his positive attitude and leader skills, the younger officers and the enlisted soldiers sought his guidance.
Finally, late in our careers, Ed was my successor in brigade command at Fort Polk, LA. Ed loved the Army but his love for Carol and his family was unmatched. I know his passing leaves a hole in their heart.
Prayers for comfort and peace with additional strength for Carol and family. He will surely be missed by so many as he touched so many lives.
A very dear friend!
I always made sure to get to church early on Thursday mornings so I would be there when the men’s group ended. Ed would stop by my office and we would have our weekly check in where we talked about our families, sports, EPC, devotions, scriptures, you name it. I will cherish those talks forever.
Sending all my love and prayers to Carol and family.
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I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.
I knew Ed only through Rotary, as a District Governor “classmate”. He was such a valued part of our group of Governors, so even though we only saw each other a few times a year, it was a special Rotary bond. He will be missed by so many. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of his family.
Ed lived his life in the loving service for his Heavenly Father. He was an amazing servant of our God. He loved his church and worked diligently to assist in all facets of it. His love for others was always evident.
Ed will always be remembered for his kindness and selflessness.
May God bless Carol and all of his family.
Ed made such an impact in our lives ! He was an amazing man and such a caring and genuine person. His faith was so very strong.
Carol and the rest of the family are in our prayers. May God soothe the pain of loss and provide you all with peace.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.