Edward J. Weyhing, 78, of Middletown, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Ed was born July 22, 1937 in Plasterco, VA. He is the son of the late John Louis and Emily Weyhing. He was the husband of Mary Weyhing for 56 years, whom he met and married in Louisville, KY.

In Ed’s early years he graduated from the University of Notre Dame and San Diego State University with a degree in math. He spent five years in San Diego with the United States Navy. As a civilian he was a systems analyst for contractors who did work for NUSC Newport; first with CAI, then Syscon, and finally he was President and CEO of Aquidneck Data Corporation from 1976-1986. When he retired he turned to a second wish he had always had, to become a fiction writer. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College in 1990.

He was a Hospice Volunteer for 20 years and always deeply cherished his time with each person for whom he volunteered. In his last days he was blessed to be a recipient of those same kindnesses.

In his later years, Ed coupled his love of computers and his interest in family photographs by documenting his and Mary’s family history going back several generations in wonderful photo albums for his family. An enthusiastic writer, Ed published short stories and a book, Speaking from the Heart. His ultimate passion though, was his undying love and devotion to his wife Mary and their three sons whom they loved and cared for together for many years until each passed away from Muscular Dystrophy.

Ed was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2009. In recent months his health began to decline, but he was dealing with the challenges bravely and continuing to engage in the enjoyable aspects of his days. On Sunday June 25 he suffered a stroke and lost consciousness.
His loving wife, family, friends, Visiting Nurse Hospice employees, and friends from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church all helped with his care from then until he died at home on Wednesday June 29, surrounded by people who loved him.

In addition to his wife Mary Weyhing, he is survived by two nephews, John Joseph Seitz of Columbus, OH and Rick Seitz of Dayton, OH; and niece Mary Shelly, her husband Wayne, and their daughters Madeline and Allison of Dayton, OH. He is also survived by Mary’s brother Tom Cecil and her sister Suzanne Scarpulla and their spouses, children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his three sons, Stephen Edward, Paul Christopher, and Philip Louis; his brother Rev. John Weyhing; sisters Sr. Mary Sarto Weyhing, Elizabeth Weyhing Seitz (husband, John); and nephew, Daniel Francis Seitz (wife, Diane).

Ed will be dearly missed.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 5 from 3:00pm-8:00pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00 AM in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Jennifer Pedrick officiating. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, Rhode Island Chapter, P.O. Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940-1659; Newport Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI, 02871; Dr.Martin Luther King Center Food Pantry, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport RI.

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