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Edwin Richard Calva Obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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Edwin David Calva passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 30. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Susan Congdon. Ed was a devoted and excellent caregiver to Susan until her recent passing and their dedication to each other was inspiring to see. Ed’s life with Susan was one full of joy, whether it was caring for the many rescued Bassett Hounds or spending time together shopping for antiques. Edwin was born in Little Rock, Ark., on November 15, 1960. He was the son of the late David and Theofillia Zajac Calva and grew up in the Sylvan Hills/Sherwood areas. He graduated from Catholic High School, where he excelled in JROTC. Ed’s chosen career was serving the Pulaski County Special School District as a Certified HVAC Technician. Ed was the kind of man who was always willing to help his family and friends with their chore lists. He had the solution to problems around the house or your vehicle and the necessary tools to solve them. When you called and asked for help, Ed always replied: what time do I have to be there? He was blessed with many friends who he enjoyed spending time with, whether at the RAD Deer Lease hunting camp, the LRCH class of the 1979 Breakfast Club, his motorcycle crew or his work buddies. He had a passion for the history of World War II and with that knowledge he was able to recite the names of ships, weapons and their battles. He had a great understanding of the history of firearms, including all their changes over time. Ed had exceptionally good relationships with all his cousins. They all have their favorite “Uncle Ed” story. They found it pleasant and positive to be with him. He was a patient teacher. He connected with them through their interests: sports, family life, cars or even in video games (WWII). Cousins ​​Brandon and Curtis will remember his special smile. The “Ed” laugh. His niece Amelia loved Ed and Susan’s sense of humor, which made difficult things just a little easier. What a gift to have. Ed’s way of speaking is what cousin Asa remembers. Asa was 16 years old before he finally realized what “going to play on the highway” meant. His niece Amanda impressed him for years when he told her that he “dodged the raindrops” on the trip to see her. Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Congdon, his parents and Andrea Smith (niece). He is survived by his siblings, Anita Smith (Steve), Daniel Calva (Joni) and Marcia Hancock (Brad). He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Brandon Calva (Megan), Amanda Hancock, Curtis Calva, Asa Hancock (Megan) and Amelia Smith; great-nephews, Elise, Emily, Macy, Michael and Holden. He is also survived by three well-behaved and incredibly spoiled Basset Hounds: Emma, ​​Lexie and Clyde. A celebration of Ed and Susan’s lives will take place at a later date. Many thanks to all the family and friends who loved and supported Ed and Susan throughout their lives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the Pulaski County Humane Society.

Published on May 15, 2024