W. Edward Hastings

June 12, 1940July 11, 2018
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Charlotte - W. Edward Hastings died on July 11, 2018 after a month-long illness. Born in Punxsutawney, PA on June 12, 1940, he was the son of John and Sara Hastings who predeceased him. Ed was an honorable, caring man and his favorite times were spent with his family: vacationing, attending Penn State football games, and enjoying their cabin near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most of all, he loved being with Kay (his high school sweetheart), watching sports together on TV, going to movies, traveling, and going out to dinner, especially trying new restaurants. On June 25th, Ed and Kay were blessed to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Ed loved life and lived it fully with countless hobbies. He enjoyed music of all kinds from classical to country, golf, photography, traveling, skeet and trap shooting, collecting wine, and reading, especially civil war novels. And, of course, Penn State football. Anyone who knew Ed knew that he was a very proud graduate of Penn State.

Throughout his life, Ed was fortunate to make good friends in many different communities - Buffalo, Greenwich, Savannah, Orlando, and Charlotte. After moving to Charlotte 15 years ago, he joined Carmel Country Club where he served as Treasurer and a Board Member. A member of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ed loved his friends, especially the Lunch Bunch.

Ed spent his entire career of 36 years with Ernst & Young. Joining the firm in 1962, he rose from a junior accountant and CPA to Managing Partner of the Buffalo office. After a transfer to New York City, he was appointed Partner-in-Charge of International Operations. During his years in that position, he traveled to 60 countries and made over 100 trips to Tokyo. His ability to interact with the Japanese led to his last assignment as Partner-in-Charge of Japanese Relations.

Survivors include his wife Kay; his daughter Cynthia and her partner Sherry Brands (Charlotte); his son Jeffrey and his wife Laura (Raleigh); and two grandchildren, Benjamin (Titusville, FL) and Amanda (Asheville). Other survivors include his sister Mary Lynn Yoder and husband Sylvester, and nephew Mark Yoder. And last, but not least, his Casey.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 19th, from 6-8 pm at Harry & Bryant Funeral Home on Providence Road. Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday, July 20th, at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church (2929 Selwyn Avenue) with a reception to follow. Interment will be held at a later date at the Penn State Centre County Memorial Park, State College, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church or the W. Edward & Kay M. Hastings Graduate Scholarship Fund at Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University, 210 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802-3603.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 20, 2018

W. Edward Hastings

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Jim Thomas

August 3, 2018

I will always remember how Ed (and Kay) were so supportive when I was very early in my deanship at Penn State. Ed was so kind and generous. All of us have always been so appreciative. He will be missed as a friend, a wonderful person, and a great Penn Stater. My deepest condolences ...not just from me and Michele, but from all those Ed impacted at Smeal and at Penn State.

Cindy Hastings

July 20, 2018

You have made such an impact on my life ... learning from your example to be honest, work hard and take pride in your accomplishments; making us smile with your goofy sense of humor; sharing your passion for music, civil war history, and travel; appreciating good times with family and friends; and showing us the importance of love. You and Mom have filled our lives with happiness and love, and have given us a lifetime of memories to make us smile. I love you, Dad!
Your daughter,

Luann Labedz

July 19, 2018

Hi Cindy, Sherry and Kay. We loved spending time with your family. Kay and Ed were always so generous and gracious hosts . Some of my favorite memories include Chris smoking one of Ed's expensive cigars at the Charlotte house and Ed telling Cindy what vegetables she should order in her Chinese food. Love and wishes of peace and serenity to all of you. Lu and Chris.

Louise Speicher

July 18, 2018

Kay, Even though it has been a long time since we have seen you and Ed, we have very fond memories of our times together at Stanwich Country Club. We are so sad and sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Best wishes, Bill and Louise Speicher

John Curry

July 18, 2018

Kay, So very sorry to learn of Ed's passing. I recall your dignified presence at the E&E functions in Buffalo. I wish you and your family and friends comfort and peace.
Jack Curry

marian scaduto

July 16, 2018

Kay and family, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your beloved Ed. I remember him as a kind supportive man when we were in the Buffalo Jaycees. Both of you were the very best. I remember having dinner with both of you in Buffalo when you returned for a visit. Always great to talk to you for you were kind and considerate to everybody. Keep strong .....I know what it is like since Jerry passed away in March. Being close with our children and friends has made coping so much easier. I'm sure you will do the same as you had a loving family. My thoughts are with you....please keep active as Ed would want you to go on with your life. Sincerely , Marian

Sandy Messore

July 16, 2018

I was sorry to read of Ed's passing - it's been a long time - back to our "Jaycee Days"..... I was Executive Secretary when he was President for a year..... He was a kind "boss" and one I remember with a smile. and Kay - I also remember when you and Ed came to dinner at my home and you brought us a dish of homemade fudge ... my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

kay Hastings

July 14, 2018

Ed, filled my life with love and laughter. I was always proud to be his wife. I am so grateful that we shared 60 years together.

His sweetheart,


July 14, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's Word that promises the last enemy, death, will be brought to nothing (1 Cor. 15:26) and the hope of being reunited with those whom have fallen asleep. (John 5:28,29)