Edward “Ed” Earle, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital on March 15, surrounded by loved ones. He was 57. He lost his battle with brain cancer on his birthday in the very hospital in which he was born.
Born in 1956 to Helen and Edsel Earle of Sag Harbor, he lived nearly his entire life in Sag Harbor until he married his longtime love, Jennifer Friebely, and moved to East Quogue.
Mr. Earle worked for Hampton Jitney since 1981 as a motorcoach driver. It was his love for the road that also inspired his hobbies, riding his motorcycles and bicycles and anything that had to do with a Volkswagon bus or van. Survivors said 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.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Friebely Earle; two stepdaughters, Rebekah and Emma Brenard; his mother, Helen Earle; a sister Nikki Earle and her husband Bill Lusty; a niece, Dawn Hedberg and her husband Mike Kinsey and their son Jonas. He leaves behind his adored dog, Sidney.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church building fund, 111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968
Visitation was held on Sunday, March 17, at Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. A funeral was held on Monday, March 18, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons; burial followed at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.