OBITUARY

Edward J. Waitt, Jr., MD

June 18, 1947May 10, 2019

Dr. Edward J. Waitt, Jr., of New Orleans, 71, May 10, 2019; loving husband of Catherine Badeaux; loving father of Edward J. Waitt III (and Sara), Heather Frught (and Ricky), and Robyn Jervay (and Stephen); brother of Kenneth A. Waitt (and Jean Fallon Waitt) of Falmouth, MA, Janice A. Schlerf (and Steve) of NH and FL, and Lisa Waitt Belcher (and Greg) of West Bridgewater, MA; loving and fun grandfather of Madeline Frught, Victoria Frught, Abigail Frught, Carly Jervay, and Luke Jervay. A native of Brockton, MA, Ed was proud to call New Orleans home for most of his life. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy (1969); served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, earning a Purple Heart; graduated from Tulane University Medical School (1978); and practiced internal medicine in Louisiana and Massachusetts until his retirement from Ochsner in 2017. His great intelligence was matched only by his hilarious and dry sense of humor. He loved golf, the Saints, traveling with Cathy, recycling, reading, cycling, volunteering at The National World War II Museum, and teaching infants and children colorful words and gestures. He never met a stranger, and his kindness was boundless. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed. All are welcome to visitation hours at 11:00 a.m., with services at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Bridge House/Grace House (bridgehouse.org).

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

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Lisa and Scotty Brazieal

May 17, 2019

My sincere condolences go out to the Waitt family. Although I never met Mr. Waitt, it is obvious that we lost a good man; a father and family man; a man who gave back to his community. A golfer. Golfing is a thing; a way of life. The community is vibrant and we are a tight-knit group who share a common bond and love for what the game gives back. It is no surprise and speaks volumes to hear that Mr. Waitt was a golfer; a kind man of great intelligence; a man who crafted custom clubs, who gave back to the youth so they could become future golfers. Mr. Waitt, a man clearly passionate about all forms of the game; a game that contributes to the strength of mind and character. The golfing community has lost a player and an artist of the game.

Arnold Palmer was once quoted as saying "You must play boldly to win." From what I know of Mr. Waitt, he lived life boldly.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one," said Ben Hogan. I envision Mr. Waitt hitting them long and straight, building his next custom set of clubs and hitting the links with his fellow golfers.... whatever course that may be.

Malcolm Freeman

May 17, 2019

My friend you will be deeply missed, the joy of seeing walking down the stairs to the desk, never knowing what are conversation are going to be about, but always knew they were going to be entertaining. Watching you peddle your bicycle out the Motor Court wondering what adventure you would face, but most importantly what would return with, a vacuum cleaner, floor mats for a vehicle , cans, bottles and who knew what else, nothing ever went to waste with you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, you were definitely one of a kind. Mrs. Cathy my heart and prayers are with you and the family. God Bless

Charles Smith

May 16, 2019

I met Ed at the City Park driving range last summer. He struck up a conversation with me about my driver and then took a few swings with it. His jovial nature was evident to me immediately. We shared radiology stories and a few laughs. When he told me about his hobby of crafting custom clubs from old components he would find around the course, I was impressed. I was blown away when he later texted me that he wanted to drop off a golf club for my 3 year old son. He then did it again a few weeks later. A true random act of kindness that will not be forgotten by me or my son. My sincere condolences to his family.

Charles Barrett Smith

Cynthia Dike

May 16, 2019

I was a patient of Dr. Waitt's. I never minded "going to the doctor " as Dr. Waitt was always a pleasure to see. He had a wonderful bedside manner, & a great sense of humor. But more than that he helped me through a very hard time with my health. My sincere condolences to his family & friends.

Cynthia Dike

Courtney LeSassier

May 15, 2019

Dr. Waitt was a wonderful physician and person. My fondest memory was working with him at the Wall clinic in Gretna and getting my trash can checked because I had not recycled a Coke can. LOL. He will surely be missed. Deepest Condolences to the family!

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