Carroll Edward “Ed” Foster, beloved husband, father, uncle and friend to many, age 85, passed away Feb. 27, 2016, succumbing to cancer in Pasadena, Calif. Ed was born in Knightstown on Oct. 21, 1930, to Herschel and Mabel Foster.
Ed was married to Connie Zoccoli on May 2, 1997, in Venice, Italy. He graduated from Eden High School class of 1948. He attended Indiana University and graduated from Pasadena City College in Music and Business. Ed loved life and lived it to the fullest. A global traveler from early on, he made friends and “family” wherever he went. He and Connie traveled the world throughout their 18 year marriage. Ed was also a very patriotic man who loved this great country and was a Navy veteran.
Ed spent his early life with his family farming in Knightstown, Kennard, Westland and Eden. His career spanned time with the Navy, the Atomic Energy Commission, Elementary Education teaching, the Boeing company in Saudi Arabia, University of Southern California and his vast career in the Arts and Music of Southern California.
He was a very generous man and had a big heart. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made deep lasting friendships. He supported the arts and music scene wherever he went. He was a talented and accomplished musician. He always said, “I am going to do it while I am able,” and he did.
Ed will be greatly missed by everyone who’s life he touched. He was a man of faith and shared it lovingly.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Connie; son, Stephen (Ava) Zoccoli; granddaughter, Olivia Zoccoli; brother, Gene (Jackie) Foster of Greenwood; sister-in-law, Betty (Max) Foster of Charolettesville; nieces and nephews Jeanie Foster of Greenfield, Judy Lauridsen (Bo Petty) of Lahaina, Hawaii, Dr. Timothy (Karen) Carpenter of Maryland, Charlene (Steve) Swails of Georgia, Suzanne (the late Bern) Karabinus of Germany, Deborah Rhoades of Oklahoma, Amy (Ernesto) Castanares, Greg (Jeannie) Rhoades, Denise (Don) Akers and Stuart Foster, all of Indiana, Van (Dottie) Foster, Brent Foster and John Foster, all of North Carolina, Sally (Dennis) Buckalew and Mary (Bruce) Holman of Eaton, Ohio, Bryce (Deborah) Bates of Toronto, Canada; and many greatnieces and greatnephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Norma (Ed) James and Doris (Dudley) Carpenter; and brothers, George (Dixie) Foster and Max Foster.
A celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Westin Hotel Pasadena, 191 North Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA.
Memorials contributions may be of your choosing or to: Pasadena Conservatory of Music 100 North Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, pasadenaconservatory.org or City of Hope, 1500 East Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 911010-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org.