Edward Michael Drost

July 17, 1933July 14, 2020

Edward Michael Drost (Smilin’ Ed) 86, went to be with our Lord on July 14th. He was very strong in his faith and pure of heart. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. Ed was born in Wilkes Barre, PA on July 17, l933 and moved to Tampa with his family in 1971. He worked for Eastern Airlines for 33 years as ticket agent until his retirement in 1988. Ed knew no strangers and could talk to anyone, about anything (especially health and nutrition!) He spent his retirement years exploring his God given gift as an artist and felt great joy giving away his masterpieces to family and friends. Ed was a huge country music fan and loved playing his Martin guitar with friends and anyone else who would sit and listen to him. His smile and warm heart will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Virginia, daughter Pattie Hus (Jim), son Mike (Debbie), grandson Taylor Wells (Brianna), great grand-children Harper and Landon, grand-daughter Amy Fisher (Lance), sister Josephine Sosik (John) Exton, PA and nine nieces and nephews. Predeceasing him were his parents, John and Mary Drost, brothers Walter, Joseph, Frank, sisters Ann, Jean and Irene Lasecki.

A memorial mass will be held at Incarnation Catholic Church on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00am.

Incarnation Catholic Church: 8220 W Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, Florida 33615


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Tim Martin

August 1, 2020

When seeing Eddy and Ginny a few years back,Carol and I were greeted with smiles.Eddys smiles were so radiant every time
we came to visit him at his room .When Carol brought her bowed psaltry,and I brought my musical saw to play for him ,the music was just what he seemed to need .
Another great time was when a magician showed up one day and amazed us with card tricks and slight of hand ,which he was really good at, and we were all curious how it was done . Meanwhile ,I picked up a small orange and kept it in my hand for the right time . After another ten minutes or so of magic tricks,the magician put a small ball in his hand and it would magically turn into two ,or none in his hand . then he put two into my hand ,and when no one was looking,I put them in my pocket .Then, when the magician told me to open my hand,the red balls were GONE. Eddy ,Ginny,Carol ,AND the magician looked puzzled. Then .....,
I opened my other hand to
reveal the ORANGE .We were all crying with laughter .
We have heard so many stories from Ginny about working for the airline and also his wonderful guitar playing. We even got to hear some of his songs that were recorded. We remember Eddy singing happy birthday, and you are my sunshine ,and playing his harmonica !
Eddy even SMILED when he played his harmonica !
Carol and I are thankful for
Being fortunate to have gotten to know him. Eddy will truly be missed .
A kiss on our fingers back to you Eddy .

Nicole Quick

July 31, 2020

Thinking of you all today and keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry to miss the memorial mass honoring this amazing man, husband, and father. A piece of me will be there remembering all those times he faithfully supported us during the 3-Day walks. I loved seeing his passion for playing guitar. I received my best ever happy birthday serenade from him. My all time favorite serenade he ever sang was “You Are My Sunshine” to his amazing wife, that song will always be their song to me. God bless your sweet family, love you all.

Al Iglesias

July 27, 2020

Had the distinct honor and privilege of knowing such a kind and wonderful person that Eddie was. There are only a handful of people in life you meet that just exude joy when you see them and Eddie was one of them. His infectious smile was a constant and an example of how people should live life. I remember fondly his 70th birthday party and how happy he was that day with family and the large group of friends. It was great to be considered a friend and my heart goes out my dear friend Ginnie, Pattie and the entire family.

Karen Haughey

July 25, 2020

My Uncle Eddie first knew me as his sister’s first baby, his niece, in 1955. The memories of him flood my heart. His laugh, his hugs, his songs. Singing “Whispers”, and “Rollin the Rockin Reindeer”, his originals, belted out in music sessions in my parent’s makeshift basement studio. His career in the airline industry which seemed so futuristic to my young mind, and the car-the DeSoto. It was a staple in the old neighborhood. And of course, teaching me the evils of sugar 😘 He escorted me to and from my first major airline trip to see Florida and scored us First Class seats! He was my uncle, my friend, at at times my mentor. Woven through all of it has always been this immense feeling of love I got from him, no matter what. That was his constant -love, no matter what hand life dealt him. That love defined his family . It was all around them always. That feeling remains, that love that was and continues to be Ed Drost. As for me, I suspect it will be there with me until our energies meet again in another place and time.
To a life well-lived - rest easy my good Uncle Eddy ❤️❤️ With love, Karen.

Corinne Drost

July 24, 2020

Kind, happy, loving and accepting are all words that describe this man of many talents. His genuine smile, words of wisdom, and ability to make you feel like you were important were true gifts. He gave of himself in a world where people have forgotten what that means . All that knew him learned life lessons that are priceless. We love him and will miss him. Our prayers are with him and his family at this very difficult time.

Georgette Fears

July 24, 2020

I never had the pleasure of meeting this extraordinary human in person, but I can clearly see by the actions and lifestyle of his daughter Pattie, he was a beautiful father. I know Pattie and her mom were so very devoted to him and in this time I just want to wish Pattie and family love, care, and comfort. I also would like to say thank you for sharing him with us across he miles.

Patty Geisinger

July 24, 2020

After meeting Pattie years ago at a CR100 race, we became friends on Facebook and I got to glimpse a peek into she & Mike's Mom and Dad's life. So many times Pattie would share her Dad's singing and smiles. I loved seeing his face light up with joy when Mom was in the room. It was always such a positive moment and there were a few times I held my phone up to my daughter Jessica's ear so she could hear Ed singing. I am so sad for your loss, but glad for heaven's gain. We will be praying for you all. And we will always keep his memory in our hearts! Thank you for sharing him with us all!

Lisa Cummings

July 24, 2020

I have so many memories, but one that sticks out the most is a very simple memory. JJ was probably around 2 1/2. John was busy at the fire station, and JJ and I were (as usual) hanging out at Jim and Pattie's house. Ed and Ginnie were also there. I was chatting it up with Pattie and Ginnie while Ed was sitting on the floor playing trucks with JJ. They were both smiling up a storm! The memory is imprinted on my brain, and one I cherish. I think of that moment frequently and it always makes me smile. Ed was such a beautiful and gentle soul. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss! I count myself blessed for being the recipient of one of his brilliant smiles on more that one occasion. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Big hugs, Lisa

Jennifer Fehr

July 24, 2020

My memories of your Dad are his beautiful smile, positivity, and strength. And my beautiful golf course painting that I will always cherish. Pattie and family, he was a beautiful soul and I know he went straight to heaven and will now be your guardian angel. His legacy is a beautiful one.

Mindy Federman

July 19, 2020

Doug and I are soooooo very sorry for your loss. We know that you are surrounded by much love.

Thinking of you as you celebrate Ed's remarkable life.

Wishing you moments of peace and comfort.

Mindy and Doug Federman


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