Ed Neese: A Life of Learning and Loving
What words can capture the essence of a life? Ed Neese was many things: a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, and above all, an educator. He was born on September 7, 1939, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and he lived with a passion for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with others. Whether he was teaching social studies at Severna Park Junior High School in the 1970s and early 80s or leading a Sunday school class for single seniors at Heritage Baptist Church, he always had a knack for reaching out to those who needed him most. He helped countless students and friends improve their lives and achieve their goals, some of whom became influential figures in society, such as judges and statesmen. He was not only an educator, but also a mentor, a friend, and a role model.
Ed’s other passion was his family, especially his wife, Jane Colleen Neese, who preceded him in heaven in 2012. When Colleen was diagnosed with cancer in 1976, Ed devoted himself to caring for her and providing her with every comfort possible. Colleen battled with various health issues until her passing, but Ed never left her side. He sacrificed his own needs and desires to serve the love of his life. Ed was a giver in every sense of the word, always generous and kind to those around him, even strangers he had just met.
Ed is survived by his son, Michael Neese, his daughter-in-law, Christine Neese, and his grandson, Isaac Neese. But his family extends far beyond blood ties. He touched the hearts of many people who considered him as their own. He will be dearly missed by all who know him.