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06/15/10 02:12 PM #1    

Lyle Jones


Ed (Herk) Bender

Ed Bender died on March 15, 2010, at his home in Port Townsend, Wash. He was 68.

He was born on Feb. 11, 1942 to Charles and Florence Bender in Pittsburg, PA., and served as a medic in the Army.

Ed frequently said that his life was forever changed by exposure to art and taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. Later living communally in Seattle with like minded people, he mover to Port Townsend to become one of the area’s best golfers, He worked as a carpenter to make ends meet, but he continued to paint until his last few days.

He love to hang out at 1012 Coffee Bar in the mornings and bend the ear of regulars and strangers alike.

"Eddie was not always the easiest person to know- he could be witty and cantankerous at times - but he loved the people in his life," remembered his friends. "He did not tolerate jive talk, disingenuous behavior or shallow thinking, and he would sometimes ask his closest friends to leave his presence when he was irritated.

However, "a well-turned phrase, kind act or keen insight would always return one to his good graces."

He will be missed by his many friends in the area, his family, and people from his past with whom he stayed in contact.

Ed is survived by his brother Robert Bender of Florida, sister-in-law Kennie Kay Bender Halley, Nephew Michael Bender and niece Theresa Bender Manry and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother James Bender.



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