George Ed Edward Dwyer

June 21, 1936February 10, 2013

George Edward “Ed” Dwyer George Edward Dwyer, a former Executive with Costco Wholesale, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Redmond, Washington after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 76 years old. Ed was born on June 21, 1936 in Barron, Wisconsin. His family then moved to Lancaster, California. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School where he played the drums in the school band. Ed went on to serve his country in the Army, being stationed in Germany and France. After military service, Ed received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Antelope Valley Community College. Ed married Claudia Lirussi in 1965. They raised two children together: Todd Edward Dwyer and Kimberly Marie Dwyer. Claudia passed away in 1995. He later married Milinda Fortune in 2004. Ed Dwyer’s career in the grocery industry began in 1960, working 23 years for Vons Grocery Company. Ed went on to become one of Costco Wholesale’s original employees and early leaders. He was instrumental in the development of the warehouse depot system, becoming Vice President of Depot Operations. After 24 years of being an inspiration and mentor to many, Ed retired from Costco Wholesale in 2007. Ed loved sports and was a season ticket holder to the Seattle Seahawks. He loved boating on Lake Washington and throughout Puget Sound. He especially enjoyed overnight trips with friends on his beloved Sea Ray, “Happy Hours.” Ed had a passion for travel. He and Milinda were able to enjoy travelling to many adventurous destinations. His favorite trip was to Africa, one of the highlights for him was riding an elephant in Zimbabwe. Ed is survived by his loving wife Milinda, his son Todd Edward Dwyer of California, his daughter Kimberly Marie Dwyer of Washington, and his beloved sister, Janet Sinegal and her husband, Jim Sinegal of Washington. He leaves behind very special niece, nephews, stepchildren and their families as well as countless good friends. Ed is preceded in death by his first wife, Claudia and his parents, Clarence and Lorraine Dwyer. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Overlake Terrace Assisted Living in Redmond for their tireless service and compassionate care. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00am at Sacred Heart Church 9460 NE 14th Street Bellevue, WA. A reception will immediately follow. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Memorial Park 1575 145th Place SE Bellevue WA 98007. Please offer your condolences to Ed’s family by signing his online guest book at In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer's Association | Western and Central Washington Chapter Attn: Development Department North Tower, 100 West Harrison Street, N200 Seattle, WA 98119 Ph: 206.529.3869


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Kim Dwyer

March 16, 2014

A great day captured by one of my favorite photos. A great quote by my brother… "You clean up nicely Kim". Of course many chuckles followed as I just got home from Grateful Dead shows.

Kim Dwyer

April 12, 2013

Hi to you all.
Can anyone tell me who posted the photo of my dad hunching over the side of a boat rail? Or, the pic. of him smiling beautifully inn the boat harbor? Also, more comments I welcome, or pics. because I don't have them all. Please pass this link on to anyone that may not have it.
Thank you!
Dad's daughter

Kim Dwyer

March 15, 2013

Hi pops,
Just sitting at home, looking at the sky, thinking about you and the good times we've had. I miss you, but you will always be with me. Actually, I think of you and mom following each other around. i picture you both investigating and flying around together, in love as though you are honeymooners again. You are so happy again, showing me your beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes. I am so grateful you are no longer stuck in your head with the frustration of knowing people are not understanding what you are saying. I know you felt like this often...I could see it and hear it in your quiet voice. Your dementia reminded me of Grammy in that same amazingly strong woman with a stroke. At times I found your situations very similar.

Anyhow, on to greener pastures and rainbows. About a week ago I had such a vivid dream. In the middle of my dreams, I appeared to be sitting behind the Father at my dad's service. However, the Father's seat was not occupied in my dream. It was me in my wheelchair sitting alone, with the exception of my great childhood friend, Ryan Rantzow, standing behind me. It was all a silent event aside from the message and beauty this moment expressed. Ryan was standing behind me with the most magnicent, enormous angel wings. They were white and gorgeous. Ryan went to spread his arms wide open, then he moved his wings as though they were encompassing me just a bit. They never touched any part of my body, knowing I have arm pain. I continued on with my dreams about who knows what. Right before I awoke for the day, I was once again, sitting exactly in the same blessed scenario. It is now engrained in my memory. with all my spirit and soul, I am convinced this was you, dad, to let me know you are still my angel, as you were my angel here on earth. You will always be with me and looking out for me. I also believe Ryan was used because you knew him well and he is so important to me, especially as a kid. How can I forget Ryan, right dad? I also believe you showed me twice because you knew I would not remember this magnificent encounter, unless it was done at the very moments before opening my eyes. I know I would not have recollection of this if I was shown the first time only. I am very convinced this was my father communicating by our spirits, without needing our mouths to move.
Thank you so much dad for this priceless gift. I love you for eternity. The same goes for you mom!!!!


Gail & Jay Mazer

March 6, 2013

Our family will never forget Ed and Claudia and all the good time, which are too numerous to remember - the camping, swimming, 4th of July parties and Friday night get togethers with all the neighbors. Take care Kim and Todd. Your Mom and Dad are watching out for you from their place in heaven. We love you guys. Love from the Mazer family.

Kimberly Marie Dwyer

March 4, 2013

Where are my comments, including all of those I left out? Ugggghhhh!

Love you dad, and all of your beautiful self! I'll always carry all of you in my heart and soul until we meet again someday!!!

I will forever remember every part of of you forever!!!

Kim Dwyer

March 4, 2013

To my perfect dad, hero and best friend!

I will always love you, bigger than the whole wide world. This is what we used to say to each other and I will carry this with me forever. I am and have always been so proud of you and grateful that you have been my father. The fact that are family ended up together is so slim and I am blessed that it was a perfect match. You were always a parent first, a mentor and my best friend. The patience you displayed as a father, inspires me to become more patient myself. Actually, your unconditional love, empathy towards people, compassion, kindness, appreciation for your life, love for your family, the desire to have a good time, are all things that I cherish. If I have within me just an inkling of you, inside me, I am extremely happy.

Your lessons will not go away because I will strive to become more and more like you each day. Mom and you have taught Todd and I how to be strong, how to be there for each other in life and how to be understanding of one another. We will be okay. A few examples of your patience, as a father, I will comment on. Yes, you would get angry but shortly after, you would somewhat calmly talk to me about your disappoint in whatever I may have done. For example, when I was in northern California and I was trying to be thrifty because gas was cheaper across the street, "money doesn't grow on trees.". I went to drive away from the current gas station I was at, forgetting that I had placed the gas pump into my car already and drove away. The phone call you received from the owner of the gas station, unfortunately cost more than the money I would've saved. Disappointing you has always been a heartbreak of mine but I know that you were proud of me.

By the way, I realize you and mom thought Todd was a very innocent fella but I am here to tell you that he was a troublemaker, too. A certain cousin, whose name I will not say but you know who you are, was a compadre in some of his escapades. How is it possible Todd and I could go throughout life without wanting to have fun and be mischievous and adventures' at times. After all, we were raised with a father and mother who liked to laugh a lot. Some examples are...tailgating in Hacienda Heights, camping, boating, being dropped off at Circus Circus while our parents liked to go and have fun elsewhere, which also involved the neighbors. Lets not forget the swimming pool festivities and the pool table fun. You taught me how to play pool which was always a highlight of my life. I will always remember our family get togethers which were geared toward laughter and appreciation.

When we moved up to Washington, the fun times never stopped. We would laugh a lot together and I always cherish that smile, sparkle in your blue eyes and the sound of your laughter. Then you and mom made friends. Friends that were eager to have fun and laugh, just as much as you. Between dinner parties, "Puco" parties and certain events involving a green drink, Melon Balls, more boating and there are so many other events that I cannot mention them all.

Your kindness, generosity, wisdom and ability to forgive will always be remembered. Thank you for all of these gifts and many more that you have given Todd and I. We will always love you unconditionally. Rest and relax with mom in peace, we know you are both watching out for us. We will all be together again someday.

Thank you for everything and I love you dearly and you will always be part of my heart.

Love you more than words can say,

Kimberly Marie Dwyer

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