Edward J. Budnick

September 21, 1931January 11, 2014

Budnick, Edward J., 82, passed away on January 11, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Dolores, his son, Eddie, daughter, Doreen Orlando, and his two grandchildren, Michael Orlando and Bridget Orlando. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Catherine (Leo) Cheslak, his niece, Melissa (Steve) Smith, and was a Great-Uncle to Leo and Sofia Smith. Ed was born on September 21, 1931 in Detroit, MI to Edward and Helen Budnick. On October 24, 1953, he married the love of his life, Dolores Cheslak. When people think of Ed, the first thing that usually comes to mind is his love of baseball. When growing up, Detroit Tiger players would often live in his Detroit neighborhood during the baseball season. They would give him baseballs and autographs. And that began his passion for collecting. As a kid, he made every attempt possible to see every Tigers game he could. He attended all of the home games during the 1945 World Series, despite the fact that they were played during school days. Going to a World Series game was more important in his eyes than attending school. His dream growing up was nothing more than to play baseball in the Major Leagues, specifically the Detroit Tigers. He was given the opportunity to try out for the Philadelphia Phillies as a Shortstop, but unfortunately, he did not make it. He began his appliance repair career with The J.L. Hudson Co, and was with Hudson’s for 10 years. In 1967 he began his own stove repair business, E & B Range Service. Dolores and he operated E & B until retiring in 1995. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling. First trip was to Alaska. In their travels, Ed made it to 48 different states. Only South Dakota and New Mexico remained. His love of baseball introduced his family to a lot of unique experiences that other families never have. In his quest to see as many baseball stadiums as possible, he would think nothing of driving miles and/or hours out of his way while on vacation, just to see a stadium. There were also numerous trips to acquire specific autographs of former players. Dolores and his kids thought nothing of this; it was just part of their life. Ed loved working in his yard. On any summer evening if you went by their house, there was a good chance you would find him in his yard watering his flowers, often with a can of beer in his other hand. Life was good. In his retirement years, Ed loved being with his Grandkids. From the moment they were born, he would do anything for them. They would put a sparkle in his eye, and make his face light up. He loved watching Michael play baseball, and later Bridget playing softball. He loved being silly with them, and would on occasion act like a kid along with them. As the years went by, it was harder for Ed to get around, but he made every effort possible to make it to the kids events and to sport collector shows. Throughout his years of collecting, he met lots of wonderful people. Many of the lifelong friendships he made included Bob Wimmer, Lewis Matlin, and Jim and Mark Dehem. Visitation will take place Friday, January 17, 2014 from 3 PM to 9 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM with instate at 12:00 PM at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 21100 Madison, St. Clair Shores, MI. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, MI. Donations may be made on Ed’s behalf to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Scripture Service Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Instate Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Mass Saturday, January 18, 2014

Edward J. Budnick

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Phil Wood

February 15, 2014

Sometimes you encounter someone in your journey through life who's simply too good to be true. Ed Budnick was that type of guy. I met Ed through another collector in the 1970's, and it was as if he'd known me all of his life. He and Dolores were unfailingly kind to me throughout the years, and welcomed me into their home whenever I was in Detroit. I have no doubt he was an all-star grandfather, and a sterling asset to his friends and family. Really, an unforgettable human being who didn't have a phony or malicious bone in his body. Here's to you, my friend.

Jon Wise

January 18, 2014

The Detroit area has lost a true gentleman. Unfortunately, I didn't know Ed too many years, but I'll always remember his gentleness, fairness, and kindness. Dolores and the entire Budnick family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Richard & Pat Johnson

January 17, 2014

It was a pleasure to be acquainted with Ed . We truly enjoyed being associated with him..Our condolences to the family.

allan torp

January 16, 2014

It is always a deep loss when we lose someone who has been so important in our life,and Edward was that person to his family and friends. He will be missed but not forgotten. His family is in my prayers.

Jay Barry

January 16, 2014

a truly great guy who everyone had a kind word for. It was my pleasure to know him as a collector and as a person. he will be greatly missed.
Jay Barry

Jim Wyroba

January 15, 2014

Ed was a true baseball fan of the Detroit Tigers and he extended his love through memorabilia and memories....He and Dolores were always together at the card shows with friendly smiles and playful wit....I have known Ed for over 30 years and he always greeted me as "Tom's Brother"....He will be missed....My condolences to the Budnick family.

Fite Family

January 15, 2014

Thank you for sharing your memories and welcoming home with us recently.
We enjoyed our day with all of you so much.
Wish we could of spent a few more together.
But if memories are all we have then...thank you for giving us that.
May God give you the strength and peace you need to get through this loss.
We will pray that your hearts are not too heavy.

January 15, 2014

During the 40 years I knew Ed, nothing less than kindness, honesty and integrity can describe how he treated everyone who was lucky enough to have made his acquaintance. Sadness for now, but decades of smiles and happy memories that made all of our lives a little bit better.
Mike Litaker

Zane Burns

January 15, 2014

I have only fond memories of doing business with Ed and his Wife-Our 30 years of doing business were always pleasant-The Trade Shows will never be the same-My prayers are with Dolores and the Family

Charles Mandel

January 15, 2014

Ed was honest, trustworthy and humorous. I am richer for having known him. Thanks, Ed!!!