The Obit For Ed Fahan

Edward W. Fahan, artist, athlete

The Reading Pilot
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Edward W. Fahan, a 59-year resident of Redding, died in his home on Cross Highway on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Mr. Fahan, 89, was the husband of Heloise L. Fahan.

“Ed lived a long and productive life until suffering a stroke in February 2009,” his family said.

Mr. Fahan was born in Norwalk on April 4, 1920. He attended school until the age of 16, but left to take a factory job to support his family during The Depression. During his time in Norwalk, he played American Legion and Twilight League baseball, semi-pro hockey, and football. He was signed to a minor league baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds and played for the Reds and the Dodgers organizations in the Georgia-Florida League. Ed left minor league baseball in 1941 and joined the Navy, where he served as an airplane mechanic at various bases throughout the United States and in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, He lived in California with his sister Helen, where he earned his high school diploma while working in Oakland and attending night school.

Mr. Fahan returned to the East Coast in 1947 to study art and illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is there that he met Heloise, his wife of 56 years. After graduation, he worked for the advertising agency BBDO in New York City. His advertising work included print illustrations, development and production of television commercials, and graphic design. He left BBDO in 1970 as an art director to pursue free-lance illustration work. As a free-lance artist, Mr. Fahan was able to spend more time developing his painting skills, a passion that he would follow for the rest of his life. His paintings have been featured in shows at the Mark Twain Library, Redding Town Hall, the homes of his family and friends, and in galleries throughout Fairfield County.

“Ed’s interests included art, history, architecture, building and building design, farming, baseball, and enjoying his family and friends. Ed was always busy, and involved in many projects. His projects included building the house that he lived, died and raised six children in, building and painting in his studio, farming his field, building his boat the ‘Pelican,’ fixing one of his many tractors, or taking down a local barn and storing the wood for a later project. Due to his athletic prowess, Ed was inducted into the Norwalk Old Timers Association Hall of Fame in 2003,” his family said.

Besides his wife Heloise, Mr. Fahan is survived by sons Chris, Mark, Peter, Jon, and Patrick Fahan, daughter Elizabeth Netherthorpe, and eight grandchildren. The family would like to thank Ed’s many friends for their support, prayers, letters, and visits over the last year.

Friends are invited to join the family at the Redding Roadhouse, 406 Redding Road, on Monday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the life of Ed Fahan.