WADDINGTON — After 85 years of a life well-lived, Edward departed this world surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Syracuse, NY on February 24, 1937, the son of Dorothy (Barth) Stasko and Edward F. Stasko.
Directly after high school he joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged after serving for four years on the destroyer USS Meredith.
In 1964, Ed married Elaine Bieloski, the love of his life.
In 1965 he became a member of the New York State Police.
He was stationed in Troop B in Ogdensburg, NY where he retired after 20 years of service. After his retirement in 1985, he and Elaine spent many wonderful winters sailing the Bahamas.
There, on the beautiful blue Bahamian waters, Ed spent countless hours exploring the undersea.
Lovingly known as the “Commodore” he and Elaine met fellow boaters who became close lifelong friends.
During the summer, he enjoyed living on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, NY.
There, he enjoyed tending to his many wild rose bushes, gardening, cooking and boating.
Ed was passionate about nature.
His favorite destination was Ogden Island, a secluded island on the river.
He and his beloved dog Moe would travel by boat and spend hours walking in the woods and exploring the island.
Ed loved birds and during the summer he built bluebird houses, wood duck houses, and enjoyed the visits from feathered friends to his feeders.
Ed and Elaine also traveled frequently while home during the summers - camping trips to Maine, trips to destination cities for his navy ship reunions, and Amtrak train trips across the country.
He never lost his love of learning and watched all the nature and science shows on TV, and especially loved movies and books about the old west and civil war.
Ed loved all music, he had an extensive collection of music CDs with all different genre. In September 2021, he and Elaine moved to Titusville, FL where they resided until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a brother, John Stasko of Titusville, FL, sisters Mary Farrar of Syracuse, NY, Karen Monticelli (Dean) of Green Valley, AZ, sisters-in-law Beverly Larimer (John) of Palm Coast, FL, and Linda Day Sheaffer (Michael) of Raleigh, NC, Marie Bieloski of Lawrenceville, PA, and Meg Bieloski of Towaco, NJ, daughter Lena Reed (Andy) of Bistrop, TX, granddaughters Cassandra Difasi of San Jose, CA, Leann O’Brien (Sean) of Cedar Creek, TX , and great-grandson, Archer O’Brien.
He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many long time sailing friends who will miss him dearly.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Charles, brothers-in-law Chester and James Bieloski and his beloved dog Moe.
As per his wishes there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Edward's honor to a charity of your choice.
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