Edwin H. Suda of Redwood City, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, after a long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 82.
He was born Oct. 25, 1937, in Latrobe, Penn., to Anna and Stanley Suda.
In 1958, Ed moved to California. He worked at several startup microwave and telecommunication companies in the Silicon Valley as an electro-mechanical engineer until 1979 at which point, he along with his childhood friend Ish Marinchak started Fabtron, a business he grew and ran for more than 40 years.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time fishing and boating. Some of his favorite events in Lewiston were watching the Bridge Lighting and Fireworks after Thanksgiving and attending The Peddlers Fair in addition to the 4th of July Parade and Ice Cream Social in Weaverville.
What drew Ed to Lewiston was fishing and camping and it became his second home. He eventually expanded his business, Fabtron, to Lewiston.
He also had an infectious smile and a playful sense of humor. He was a devoted proud grandfather that had a special relationship with his grandchildren because he always listened and supported each of them on their paths in life. He had a zest for life and enjoyed meeting new people. He was a giving man with a bigger than life presence and will be greatly missed by all.
Ed is survived by his sister, Anne “Dolly” Porembka; fiancée Maxine Mueller; four children, Mark Suda (Karen), Robin Larsen (Frank), Tasha Suda and Tony Suda; and three grandchildren, Emily, Michael and Jonathan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Suda.
If you wish, the family suggests donations in Edwin’s memory to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.ipffoundation.org.