JD’s father, Edward Derderian, died on November 20th at the age of 87. Ed survived the Great Depression, helped win WW II as a decorated airman, and served most of his career with PPG Industries. While he had a strong work ethic Ed had a gentle personality. He was the guy that you called when you were in trouble and needed help. It was a combination of him being handy (he could fix almost anything) and non-judgemental that made him the favorite for when you were in a tough spot. He was devoted to his wife of 52 years and his family and loyal to his lifetime friends. He passed on his wisdom by “doing” not “saying" and was a man who loved by giving and sacrificing. He was a good man and will be missed.
One of our friends suggested that the timing of Ed’s passing might be so that he could be in a better position of influence to watch over Clay. We find a lot of comfort in that concept and as a result decided to ask that in lieu of flowers or gifts that folks make a donation in Ed’s name to the PLGA Foundation which is dedicated to supporting research of childhood brain tumors. The Foundation has already received a number of donations in “Grandpa” Ed’s name. The above photo shows him enjoying Easter several years ago with his 5 grandchildren and wife.