Edwin Forrest Lonergan
January 9, 1931 — November 21, 2018
Edwin Forrest Lonergan, "Ed", passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on November 21, 2018, at Hospice House in Bend. He is survived by his wife Patricia; children Brian, Diana, Mark, and Teresa; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Ed's early years were spent in Boston, MA. He briefly attended St. John's Seminary on the east coast, before embarking on a cross-country venture that brought him to San Francisco, CA, where he met, and fell in love with his bride-to-be, Pat. Married for 59 years on November 8, they started a family and moved to Bend in 1969. Ed held a variety of jobs before launching what was to become a lifelong endeavor of service to the community.
Known by locals as the "Bread Man," Ed started out volunteering for an ongoing ministry he later named Yeshua's Food Basket, eventually taking full responibility for the program. His Ministry would consolidate the excess food and baked goods from local grocery stores and distribute among local churches and agencies throughout Central Oregon. This work was Ed's passion for almost 30 years. When he was too weak to carry out his vocation, his army of local volunteers stepped up in his place so the people that depend on these services would not go without. His legacy of charity and generosity lives on through his loving family and church congregation, House of Covenant.
Even though Ed spent over half his life on the west coast, there was rarely a week that would pass where someone wouldn't ask him, "where is your accent from?" The answer was always the same. Boston, MA. His accent, love, kindness, humor and big heart will be forever missed by those who had the honor of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be kindly made to either:
Services: A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 12,
2019 at 10am, located at Beit Brit - House of Covenant, 21300 Bear Creek
Road, Bend, OR 97702
(Coming soon...) Link to a wonderful picture montage that was shown during the service, prepared by Teresa
Some pics from the day of the celebration
Some pics from Ed's life
Click here for link to many, many other pictures of Ed and his family
Some poems Diana considered and the final one she read at the service
A collection of some of the wonderful cards received.
Some pics of Diana and Noel's drive to and from