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Longtime Sag Harbor Resident Ed Earle Dies at 57

Earle had brain cancer.

Editor's Note: This obituary was prepared by the family, provided by Brockett Funeral Home and edited by Patch.

Edward Earle, 57, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, passed away at Southampton Hospital on March 15, surrounded by loved ones.

He lost his battle with brain cancer on his birthday, in the hospital where he was born.

Earle was born in 1956 to Helen and Edsel Earle, of Sag Harbor. He lived nearly his entire life in Sag Harbor until he married his long-time love and moved to East Quogue. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Friebely Earle, and stepdaughters Rebekah and Emma Brenard. Also, his mother, Helen Earle, sister, Nikki Earle, and her husband Bill Lusty; niece Dawn Hedberg and her husband, Mike Kinsey, and their son Jonas — as well as his dog Sidney, whom he adored.

Earle worked for Hampton Jitney since 1981 as a motorcoach driver. It was his love for the road that also inspired his hobbies, which were riding his motorcycles and bicycles — as well as anything that had to do with a Volkswagon bus or van, according to his family. He had an uncanny ability to fix anything and would never say “no” when a friend or loved one needed him. Above all, during the last few years of his life he was extremely devoted to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons, where he served behind the altar as well as helped whenever he thought there was a need.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

Visitation was March 17 at Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton Village, and the funeral was March 18 at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Southampton, followed by burial at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.

Tedd Page March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I knew Ed when i worked in a bike shop he used to frequent. What a nice guy, and im very sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends
Sophie7 March 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I am utterly speechless. We were great friends for years then i moved and we fell out of touch. I had no idea he was sick!!!!!!! I still look for his face driving the Jitney. heart broken to hear of his untimely death. My heart felt condolences to his family and his dog. I knew him best with Diva Jane! Peace Ed. You will be missed by all
Danny Olejnik March 19, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Rest in peace my friend you will be very missed.. So many memories.. mostly of your smile and humor ........... and always for being a good friend
Fran A. Alioto March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I have known you my entire life and still can't grasp that you're gone. You've always been a good friend, so kind and made everyone laugh. Rest in Peace Ed, you are very loved and missed by those who knew you.
Michael C. Mackey March 19, 2013 at 05:27 PM
My Dear Ed, I am deeply saddened. So dependable, so competent, so kind, so vital. May your soul be blessed as you generously blessed the lives now left. Thank you very much does not adequately address my gratitude. Yours, M.C.M.
Nikki earle March 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM
There is no finer human being than my brother Eddie..He lived and died valiantly..so proud of him..my heart aches with the loss but smiles reading the wonderful comments about him..thank you dear friends.
Daniel Nite Louis March 20, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Very Sad indeed ,guess Ed is drving the big bus up in heaven
Christian Haerter March 20, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I was very sorry to hear the news of Eddie's passing and send my condolences to his family. It seems like a few days ago that we were both in Pierson High School. Ed had a big heart and a great sense of humor and was always driving something unique for as long as I can remember. Whether it was his 70's Mustang Fastback, his AMF Harley Davidson dirt bike (LOL!), his Gold Wing, or his Prevost bus. Although we lost touch long ago I will always remember his kindness. May he rest in Peace.
Jasmine March 21, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I am so sorry and saddened to read this news. I did no know Ed personally.....only through his driving the Jhitney....I remember him distinctly from years back when he drove. There is just something about Ed I guess that sticks with us.....and always will. He got us to and from our destinations safe n sound. Thank you Ed.....you're still with us always....
lulu631 March 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Wow I worked at the Jitney many years ago as an attendant. We worked together quite a few times and I remember how he discussed his love for mountain biking and the outdoors. I was secretly jealous of his beautiful yellow Volkswagen bus. I really wish the best for his wife, family, and friends and hold on to the great memories he left behind.
EJ April 08, 2013 at 12:05 AM
One would have to look long and hard to find as fine a human being as Ed Earle. He is the most kind, gentle soul to grace this planet. He lived virtuously and embodied grace, honor, and dependability. I am devasted that I will not be able to see him on this plane again, but I have faith that we will meet again. I am better for knowing him and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. My heart aches for his wonderful family.
VW Andrea April 08, 2013 at 02:03 AM
My husband Brad and I so heartbroken to learn of Ed's passing. We've known him for many years in the VW community. We host a campout every year in Riverhead in June, and Ed would always be there...and bring his veggie burgers for potluck contribution. He was an awesome person and we will truly miss him. Condolences to Jen as well as the rest of his family.
Nikki earle April 08, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Just out of work..free and feeling the empty sadness of losing Ed..your comment tells me you did know my wonderful brother and I my spirit is restored tonight by your comment..don't know who you are, but thank you..when people would tell me they met my bro..I always told them he's the nice one..thank you! Nik
Nikki earle April 08, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Directed to EJ tonight but uplifted by the tributes from all of the posts re Ed..
Natasha Kozak April 09, 2013 at 02:00 AM
We met Ed at our first VW camp-out "Buses By The Big Duck". He had his bus set up next to ours, and every year there after we looked forward to seeing him rolling in for the weekend. One year we even ran into him and his beloved Jenny at the "Gathering of the Vibes" music festival, what a nice surprise! It was always a lovely time hanging out with Ed and Jen, the world lost something special with the passing of Ed, and we send our heartfelt condolences to Jenny and the rest of his family. With love, The Kozaks (Natasha, Andy and Jesse)
Wil April 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Man, what a huge loss. The world has lost the finest, coolest, most dignified man. I knew Eddie at Pierson and we had some crazy fun times. We lost touch but I saw him through the years when he was driving the bus, riding his Gold Wing or his mountain bike and toting his daughter Amanda around on his hip. They were the spitting image of each other and I've never seen a father so in awe of being a father- he was beaming with pride. My deepest condolences to his family, especially Nicki and his mother Helen, how he loved them so.
biglhub April 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I was so sad to hear the news about Ed- we had not heard that he was sick. My sister and I owned the Health Food Store in Montauk for 17 years and shared many a laugh with Ed. When I had my first baby 16 years ago he bought me a gift- a little outfit with Dancing Bears on it. I remember being so blown away that "Ed The Jitney Guy" had bought me a gift for the baby. He was so kind, so funny, and had a great taste in music. We had many a conversation with Ed at the counter. I'm thinking (if my memory serves me) that he was a tea drinker and not a coffee drinker? Hmmm. The few times I ride the Jitney I would always hope that Ed would be our driver. Sooooo sad to know that he is not here anymore. Thoughts and prayers for his wife, daughter, mom and sister. (nikki I left you a facebook message too, not sure if you would get it).
Nikki earle April 13, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Thank you biglhub! I looked for FB message..did not see..great to read your post on this dreary day...it's like getting a bit of him back..nik
biglhub April 13, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Hi Nikki- go to messages on FB and click on "messages" - at the top left will come up "inbox" or "other". Click on other. (I just learned it this morning). You'll find my message.
Jennifer Friebely June 20, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Thank you all for your heartfelt condolences and memories you have shared about Ed. Please know that he passed knowing that he was loved by two beautiful stepdaughters who adored him and looked up to him and he was the love of my life. He was happy and had the family he always wanted when he passed. I will never stop loving or missing him. God bless all of you and I pray that any of you that feel sadness find peace -- that is what he would want.
Nikki earle July 02, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Many of Ed's friends have remembered his daughter Amanda..She was the light of his life..his love for her was encompassing and mentioned by some friends here ..I am often asked about her and regret her omission from the original obit. Ed and Amanda were separated by divorce and subsequent geography. This was the most painful event of his life..he never fully recovered from this loss which I believe helped create the malignancy that took his life..I remember her as a beautiful long-legged blond girl with her fathers deep brown eyes..at the time of Ed's passing she had matured to a beautiful wife and mother living in Fla. I posted the picture of her son, Ed's grandchild Gabriel on this site. Since then she has given birth to another boy. I am so proud of her ..She is a loving mother..Ed lives on in the broken hearts of his mother, family and friends..it is a comfort to see Ed in the eyes of his grandchild..he lives on in yet another dimension..nik
Nikki earle July 02, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Many of Ed's friends continue to ask about his daughter Amanda. Some of you have memories of him and his little girl...the light of his life.. Ed's love for her was all encompassing and obvious..They were separated by divorce and geography..this was his greatest heartbreak. He never fully recovered from this loss. I feel this helped develop the malignancy that claimed his life..I remember Amanda as a beautiful long-legged blond girl with her fathers deep brown eyes..She has matured to a beautiful wife and mother living in Fla. At the time of his death Ed had one grandson, Gabriel. He is a remarkable child..happy and handsome..I posted a picture of him on this site..Ed shines from his eyes..he now has a baby brother..we are so proud of Amanda and the loving care she gives her children. Ed lives on in the broken hearts of his mother, family and friends but what a comfort to see him continue in the grandchildren he could never know.
Nikki earle July 02, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Many of my brother Ed's friends continue to ask about his daughter Amanda..many of you have memories of Ed and his little girl, the light of his life..his love for her was all encompassing and obvious..they were separated by divorce and geography. This was his greatest heartbreak. He never fully recovered from this loss..it chewed away at him and I believe contributed to the malignancy that claimed his life. I remember Amanda as a beautiful blond long-legged girl with her father's unique deep brown eyes. She has matured to a beautiful wife and mother living in Fla. At the time of his death Ed had one grandson, Gabriel..he is happy and handsome. I posted his picture on this site. Ed shines from his eyes. He now has a baby brother. We are so proud of Amanda and the loving care she gives her children. Ed will always live on in the broken hearts of his mother and family but what a comfort to see him continue through the grandchildren he could never know.. He smiles down on them..
Sophie7 July 02, 2013 at 04:03 PM
only just saw your comments now Nikki. Thank you for filling us in. I wondered what had happened to Amanda all these years. Still tearful and in some disbelief he is gone. I see his Vw van in your mom's drive! LOVE seeing it. Thinking of you and wishing you and your family much love and peace. xo
Nikki earle July 02, 2013 at 06:40 PM
thank you Sophie7! i so treasure connections to Ed from wonderful people like you..nik
Dawn Hedberg July 05, 2013 at 07:06 AM
My uncle Ed was so special in so many ways but the quality I most admire was his loyalty & love for his mother,Helen. I can only hope that my son,born on Ed's birthday, & I share the same bond & closeness that they had their whole lives together. As she told me yesterday, they weren't just mother & son- they were friends. They travelled to Greece four times together & talked every day. He always put her first in his life & they shared a beautiful simpatico & deep understanding & appreciation of eachother. Everyday the void he left behind is felt in our hearts. We miss you Ed! You were a great uncle,brother & most of all son.
Amy October 09, 2013 at 12:26 PM
We were away when Ed passed away and were unaware of his illness. My sister wrote a couple of months ago, we owned the health food store for many years and always enjoyed Ed's visits. He always had a smile and a funny story and something to talk about with everyone who worked there. And always talk about music! I remember a harrowing jitney ride into NYC one day when it was snowing to beat the band. Cars were just bouncing off the walls, literally! We were on our way to a concert. When we arrived safely, thanks to Ed's expertise, he just looked at us and said "I hope someone has an extra ticket for me, cause I just quit!" Of course, he didn't! I also remember him being annoyed, but laughing, about the Chinese takeout place in Sag Harbor He told them he was a vegetarian and he would always find just one piece of pork in whatever he ordered! Ed is greatly missed but his spirit lives on in Montauk! His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Jennifer Friebely October 09, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Thank you Amy. Ed spoke of your store in Montauk all the time and how much he enjoyed his breaks there (in fact the first ride I ever took with him on the bus he took me to your store in 2005). I am so grateful for your sharing those memories -- they help soften the pain of the loss if just for a moment. Ed was my best friend and my husband and I am so happy to hear all of these wonderful memories. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless, Jenny Friebely-Earle
Lo Enste December 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Thank you Ed for giving me Amanda and bring Jen into my life.

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