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Wednesday, March 15, 2023, age 84, suddenly, at home, of natural causes. Predeceased by his sister, Barbara Wiktorski. Survived by his wife Carole McGhan-Hicks, daughter Deborah Abell (Kim), son Michael, daughter Lindsey Tate (Theron), beloved grandchildren Ethan Abell, Matthew Abell, Haydon Tate and McKenna Tate. Also survived by sisters Billie Jo Rawlings (Wayne) and Judy Dykstra (Chuck) and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. After high school, he moved to Rochester to attend the University of Rochester on a full academic scholarship. He stayed on for medical school, followed by a residency in ophthalmology. He completed a corneal fellowship, then, during Vietnam, served as a LCDR in the US Navy Medical Corps, Great Lakes, Illinois. Afterwards, he returned to the Rochester area and in 1973, purchased a solo ophthalmology practice in Canandaigua, which eventually became The Eye Care Center. He retired in 1999, promptly became a grandfather, and proceeded to enjoy 24 wonderful years of laughter and joy with his family and many friends. He was a regular presence on “his” stationary bike at the Schottland YMCA, at the South Wedge Diner where he lunched weekly with his retired ophthalmology buddies, and outdoors in his own yard, which he diligently maintained. He was often heard to say “I’m a team player” and gamely stepped up to do his part in minding grandchildren, traveling to see family, attending to friends, and volunteering rides for immigrant families. He was generous with his time, energy, enthusiasm and resources, and he will be forever missed.
Donations in Ed’s name may be made to the American Red Cross.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 1-4 pm on Saturday, March 25 at the Country Club of Rochester.