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Edward Carrier

February 9, 1933 – February 10, 2024

Edward Carrier

Ed was born on February 9, 1933, in Cincinnati to Oscar and Mildred Carrier. He was the older brother to Jerry and sister, Carol. Ed was always a hard worker from childhood to adulthood. When he was a kid, he took on small jobs like cleaning out stables to earn extra money. When he was 12, he even worked for a circus one time at Carthage Fair Grounds, cleaning out elephant stalls. In his late teens and after high school Ed worked at a service station driving a tow truck and doing mechanical work. With his aptitude for mechanics Ed joined the Navy and was a Machinist Mate from 1953- 1955. After the Navy, Ed was hired for a maintenance job at P&G and at the same time went to a night school to become certified as a machinist. After his certification, he was promoted to a machinist position at P&G and did that until he retired in 1991.

Ed met the love of his life, Shirley Gilbert, through mutual friends and they were married on June 26, 1954. They moved to Bethel, Ohio, and had their first child, Donna, on March 25, 1957, and their second daughter, Kim, on March 19, 1964. After 52 years of marriage, Shirley died in 2006 after a long illness.

Ed and Shirley loved nature, and many family vacations were spent camping. Ed also had varied interest in history and science (his favorite TV station was PBS), so many family vacations centered around historical sites and museums. Ed also loved music, especially Big Band, 50’s Rock & Roll, and Bluegrass. When Ed and Shirley’s daughter Donna became engaged, Shirley talked Ed into taking dancing lessons for the wedding reception. Ed had never danced much before then but went along with it. Surprisingly, he enjoyed learning to dance so much, he and Shirley joined a dance club, and went dancing frequently with a group of couples for many years.

Ed’s favorite pastime was fishing. He would fish at every opportunity possible. For years, Ed, his father, his brother, and brother-in-law would go on an annual fishing trip to Lake Monroe, Indiana, for a week. His daughter Donna and son-in-law Phil continued this tradition with Ed for over 25 years, taking him on fishing trips to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Ed would get excited every time he caught a fish- whether it was big or small.

Ed always had a generous heart. If a neighbor or relative needed something repaired or any other assistance, Ed would drop everything and go to help them. He also was charitable and assisted loved ones in crisis situations and charities in need financially.

In Ed’s final year he was living at the Glen nursing home where he developed many close relationships with the staff, and in particular his 103-year-old buddy, Charles. Ed and Charles bonded immediately and enjoyed swapping stories about the good old days, which the staff and other patients found entertaining. Ed died there peacefully on February 10th.

Donna, Kim, and Phil have been touched by the outpouring of love from his caregivers, relatives, and other acquaintances. It warms their hearts to hear how Ed was so beloved and treasured.

Donations in Ed’s honor can be made to Adopt A Pit Rescue, an organization that was dear to Ed.

A visitation for Ed will be held on Saturday February 17, 2024, beginning at 9:00 AM at Arlington Memorial Garden’s Funeral Home at 2155 Compton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Follow BLUE line on cemetery grounds to get to funeral home). A funeral service will follow at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place at Arlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 11:00 AM.



Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 11:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

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“My thoughts and prayers are with all the family with the loss of Ed. I remember 40 years ago when I met Terry’s extended family and Ed made me feel a part of the family from the start. It was natural for me to call him Uncle Ed from that point forward. Always enjoyed talking with him at family gatherings about family, work, his next project, wonderful stories, and life in general. Uncle Ed will be missed but his memories not forgotten.”

“I’m so very sorry to learn of Uncle Ed’s passing. I will remember how outgoing he was and the stories he told. I know Aunt Shirley was right there to greet him. You are in my heart Donna and Kim.”

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“I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Ed’s passing. He was such a kind, caring man who will be missed by those who knew him. I have great memories of times spent with him at family gatherings through the years when I lived in Ohio. I will be praying for the Lord’s comfort for the family as you go through this difficult time.”

“I am so sorry to hear about his death. He was such a nice man. I’ve always considered him and all of the family as my family. Love, Karen Kuhr”

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“I’m very sorry to read of your father’s passing., and that I will miss the services on account of my distance from the area. I was always fond of Uncle Ed and his positive friendly nature. I will make a donation to the Adopt a Pit Rescue in his honor.”

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family today. Ed was a great husband, father and friend and he will be missed. We can envision Ed and Shirley walking down a tree lined lane with all their dogs and cats; the deer will probably be eating all the nearby roses too!”

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“I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him and his stories.”

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