OBITUARY

Edward Yao

April 18, 1986April 26, 2021
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Edward-Brandon Selom Yao, a Bronx native affectionately known as King Edward, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 26, 2021 at the age of 35. Edward is survived by his parents; his brother, Liam Yao; his nephews, Logan & Landon Yao; niece, Sophia Yao, and his fiancée, Samira Fowler. Edward was born in Washington, DC on April 18, 1986 to Wisdom and Margaret Yao. He graduated from Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. He was a member of the Greek Fraternity Delta Upsilon and a member of the Brothers of Lafayette. Edward was a dedicated partner, avid world traveler and foodie. He enjoyed exploring new places and experiencing new cultures and local cuisines. Together with his Fiancée and family, Edward visited over 20 states and traveled to over 15 countries, including Ghana, Grand Turks, St. Lucia, Haiti, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Honduras, France, England & Morocco. Edward’s bright smile, charismatic presence, and unyielding friendship will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him. Donations and condolences can be offered at https://gofund.me/7c633f61

Services

  • Visitation Please Adhere to NYS DOH Social Distancing Guidelines

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Visitation Please Adhere to NYS DOH Social Distancing Guidelines

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Interment

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Lawrence Charles

May 10, 2021

Although some years may have passed, Edward, and his brother Liam, were an integral part of my childhood. We were all rambunctious kids who spent a great deal of time together with Marcia, our beloved babysitter, after school. Needless to say, I was taken aback when Marcia told me about this. All in all, prayers and condolences to Edward's entire family. I wish everyone peace and comfort during this trying time. God bless.

Danielle Bero

May 9, 2021

Danielle Bero

May 9, 2021

My sweetest memory was on my birthday last year at the start of quarantine. I’m sitting at my desk bored with work and I hear a faint, “yo Bero!” I look over the balcony and there is my boy Ed parking his bike for the best birthday surprise.

I love you forever best friend

Sabrina Hall

May 8, 2021

Dearest Family of Ed and to Simi,

We are so sorry for your lost. Ed was always the most kind and wonderful person to us all; making space for laughs, fun and acceptance all around. We remember at a BBQ Ed was making jokes and created a beer pong set up out of cheers; danced a great two step and always laughed at the simplest of jokes.

May his memory forever live in all our hearts.
With love ,
Saberna Hall, Sabrina Hall, and Wilmer Fiorentino

Michael Lengyel

May 8, 2021

Dear Wisdom,

I unfortunately never met Edward, but when I read in the statement put out by Empire Harley-Davidson how he would greet customers with his warm smile and sense of humor, it made me think of you. I wish strength to you, your wife, your older son, and to Edward's fiancée. When you feel up to it, please visit us at the office (I've been back for many months, and we should all be back soon). God bless.

Holly and Annie Harveh

May 8, 2021

Your son had such an incredible personality and spirit, and we will all miss him very much. We are thinking of you during this time and are here to support you in our prayers

Nick Tsamisis

May 8, 2021

My son Christopher had purchased a bike from empire last month, it was such shock and sadness to hear this coming from what is perhaps the happiest day of his life, we are both life long riders and this is the LAST kind of news anyone can hear, our most sincere condolences to Ed’s family and all his wonderful working associates At Empire HD may he rest peacefully He will not be Forgotten Respectfully Nick Tsamisis

FRED GORLEKU

May 8, 2021

Fare there well Eddie, our paths crossed in this world for a divine purpose, we pray to the Almighty that your journey be light, Rest well.

Pat Fernando

May 8, 2021

Dear Margaret ...Wisdom ... and your whole family,
My deepest sympathies to you all. I totally understand the pain you are going through at this time of grieving. May God give you all necessary strength while you bid good bye to your loving son, Edward.
Margaret..... My friend and sister, just letting you know that my Love and prayers come with this message.
Your friend. Pat

Holly Harveh

May 8, 2021

Rest in peace dear bro
We love you but your maker love you best.

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