Edward Robert Zizulka
November 25, 1929 – March 19, 2020
Edward Robert Zizulka, age 90, passed away on March 19, 2020 at 4:24pm, at his home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, surrounded by family. He was the husband of Phyllis, his wife of 68 years.
Ed was born in Norwich, CT on November 25, 1929. He was the only son of Joseph and Steffa Zizulka.
He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1947 and joined the USAF in 1948. He served for 26 years, working first as a forecaster, then as an aviation meteorologist and for a short time as a climatologist which was his true passion. After retiring from the USAF in 1974, he continued his work in meteorology working as a civil servent at Point Mugu, as well as with Continental Airlines in California. He lived for a short time in Dayton, OH while attending Wright State University. His last employment was with Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL. He retired and moved to Port Saint Lucie in 1995.
As a teenager, Ed was called “Easy.” He was noted for being late to class and wanting to travel the world. He enjoyed writing to pen pals which carried over in later years to having many “friends” online. As a young adult he enjoyed bowling and darts. On December 31, 1950, as a newlywed, he formed a Conga line in Piccadilly Circus. That was an image his children enjoyed imagining, especially since he named himself “Grumps” instead of Grandpa.
In later years he enjoyed history, walking, reading, genealogy and his computer. He loved gathering information and sharing it via email with his family and many friends.
He belonged to many groups and was most proud of starting a chapter of Man To Man in Port Saint Lucie. He attended a Computer Club for many years, gaining knowledge which he gladly shared with others (less savvy!). He received many certificates of achievement and recognition through the years including the Meritorious Service Medal.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis and their children Jacqueline Lessard, Carolyn (Mark) McKinnon, Tina Chambers and Edward (Shirley) Zizulka II. Grandchildren Stefan (Jaclyn) Lessard, Ambha Lessard, Teresa (Derrick) Bright, Kalina Zizulka, Kesila Childers (Paul Fiebiger), Shandi (Chris) Michno, Patrick Killip (Tiffany Walker), Tiana Killip, Jim Chambers, Joey Truitt and Nick Zizulka. Great grandchildren Diggy, Hazel, Flora and India Lessard, Kingston Johns, Tre Vaughn Bright, Tanasia Jasper, Aiyana Bright, Dalton and Emma Michno and Aryahna Stevenson.
He is also survived by his only sister, Dorothy (Zizulka) Shakun and her children Judi (Steve) Novosad, Cindy (Father Steve) Voytovich, Sue (Gary) Lalumiere, great nephews Matthew, Zachary and Evan Novosad and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his first great grandchild Aslan Mozelle Lessard and three beloved pets Mr Melody, Nina and Nina II.
The funeral service with full honors will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in VA. A viewing will be held at Aycock Funeral Home at 1504 SE Floresta, Port Saint Lucie, FL on Saturday, March 28 from 2-4pm.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to The Salvation Army (3629 S. US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34982) or to Cats & Dogs Forever, Inc (4600 Selvitz Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34981).
“There is something I need to say to my man who passed away.
We had our ups & downs, as all couples do, but I’ll be forever grateful that due to fate, we met, on that special summer day.
The tall young American, so handsome & polite talking to this English girl who would one day become his wife.
We were blessed with four great kids.
Though the time arrived too soon when we had to part, you’ll always be forever in my heart.”
- Edward Robert Zizulka Saturday, April 4, 2020
Edward Robert Zizulka
April 1, 2020
Mr.E as I called you it was truly a pleasure and an honor to take care of you,it was a pleasure and an honor to meet your family whom I came to love dearly.I send my condolences knowing you miss your loved one because I miss him too.A man of Great Wisdom
Family know that God Is to Just to make a mistake and to Wise to do wrong
rosalyn & Marc and Family Joul
April 1, 2020
we looked forward to every Christmas a calendar come and we send the same only of England towns we always have long letters and the update on all and he always put me right on the computer make sure we safe will miss your comments love to all the family feel free to stay in touch email email@example.com
Janice and Joe Strang
March 30, 2020
We are so sorry about Ed. Ed and you made us feel so welcomed when we arrived in Kings Isle. Ed was a true gentleman with a wonderful laugh! We enjoyed having the two of you in our home as we enjoyed being in yours. Ed introduced us to Too Jay's in Stewart. We had very nice times there with you. The two of you had such interesting stories to tell. Wow, did Ed know the computer! We always enjoyed his emails and e-cards. We were very impressed with what Ed did with the Family Photos! It had to take many hours to do but it was absolutely worth it! Ed and you certainly loved your pets! It was obvious and great to see. Phyll, what a beautiful poem you wrote! Please know that Ed, your entire Family, and you, are in our prayers.
Sincerely, Janice and Joe Strang
March 29, 2020
I'm Sadden to hear the news of Ed's passing. My company Installed his Accordion Hurricane Shutters many years ago. Each year as hurricane would threaten our communities, I always managed to visit his property and make sure he was secure. RIP old friend. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, God Bless you All,
Sam Zaza and Company,
Just Shutter It Inc.
March 27, 2020
Ed was our uncle and though we were thousands of miles apart in England we would stay in contact by email or phone. He had a mischievous side to him where he loved to joke around and call us Limeys , but unfortunately we were never quick enough to get our own back, he had a good sense of humour.
We'll miss you Ed
Don't torment those Angels
Lots of Love
Maggie, Frances and Malcom xxxxx
March 26, 2020
Dear family and loved ones,
Please accept my condolences for your loss,
May the Lord bring you strength and peace during this time,
My heart joins you in your time of sorrow.
My deepest sympathy,
March 25, 2020
Had a terrific friendship with Ed and Phyllis during our Air Force years in England. One of his passions was playing darts which we did on many occasions.
Worked together for a short time in Los Angeles at Continental Airlines before he and Phil moved to Florida and have kept in touch almost daily with his insightful emails.
Will miss the old grump. RIP Ed
Jack and Nan
March 23, 2020
Dear Phyillis and family, So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We will miss Ed’s humor in his written communications. I will always appreciate his efforts to help me with my Ancestry search. He was very knowledgeable and generous with his time. It was a great pleasure to meet with you and Ed last year. We will remember you and Ed always.
Barbara & Steve McShane
Penelope and Don Adams
March 21, 2020
You were the best friend, always knew we could get a great Email from you every week loved them all. Will miss you so very much.
Wish we could of spent more time with you when we were in PSL,
God Bless and R.I.P Our Friend always, you are in our Hearts forever. Don and Penny A