A giant of a man, Edwin Vega, returned home and was reunited with his love, his everything, his LoLo, on April 6, 2021. Ed did not have a large physical stature, but somehow his presence filled the entire room!
He was born on May 24, 1940 and he filled his 80 years of life with growth, learning, changing, striving, seeking, working, teaching, leading, and loving, to ultimately become the man he knew he could and needed to be. To tell the stories of his life would fill books, for he truly lived a full life!
He was a man with a great faith that started as a seed that he nourished with study and action until that seed turned to knowledge. When it came to his God, his Savior, and his belief in eternal life, he would say, “ I know that I know that I know”. He allowed his cancer to help his faith grow and would often call it a “blessing” that helped him by requiring him to exercise a great amount of faith. He believed in using what he was given to become better and stronger even when life was tough.
He served his country with all he had, ultimately giving his life. He retired from a career in the Army as a Master Sargent and served two tours in Vietnam. His life ended due to cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange. He, along with thousands of other soldiers, returned home from the Vietnam War but for them the battle did not end in Vietnam. Ed was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal of Valor, as well as two Purple Hearts for his bravery, selflessness, and courage.
After his retirement from the Army, Ed built a successful career in the insurance industry and retired from his Aflac business at age 80. He was a hard worker that never let an opportunity, good or bad, go to waste. He was a leader and desired to lift and build others. His most treasured position in his career was that of Trainer because he new he could change lives for the better. His partner in his business and the force behind much of his success was also his partner in all of life.
Lois Adyline Vega was with him in all that he accomplished. They did life together. They even did cancer together. They met while he was finishing up his Army career and together they built a beautiful life and family. Family was everything to them and love was always the answer. They loved each other with a love stronger than that obstacles they faced. They took that love, so strong and unconditional, and extended it to their family. They each brought children to the relationship. Their children were not viewed as mine and yours nor as in-laws, they were simply ours. His grandchildren were his entire world!
Ed’s legacy lives within his family and friends.
His children, Edwin, Rena, Carlos, PJ, Cindy, Steve, GJ, Cristy, Brian, Nicole, Kevin, and Ginger, as well as his adored grandchildren, precious great-grandchildren, his siblings, his nieces, and his many friends make up what has been referred to as “Team Vega”. Team Vega is strong because of the leadership that formed it and will live life just as Ed did, Large!
Ed has strongly requested that instead of honoring him with flowers that donations be made to Dr. Julie Brahmer and her team for cancer research using the following link:
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