Edward Anthony Konowicz, 71, passed away Saturday morning, March 25, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ed was born in Newark, NJ, on May 8, 1951, to Helen and Edward Konowicz. Ed grew up in Union, NJ, and graduated from St. Benedicts Prep High School and attended Princeton University for 2.5 years. After withdrawing from Princeton, his career was altered, and he moved to St. Louis. In St. Louis, Ed turned his love of music into a small business by teaching himself piano tuning while working in auto parts.
Ed met his wife, Barbara, in St. Louis, MO. Soon after marriage in 1977, they moved to Virginia Beach to begin their life and family together. Ed, an amateur musician and composer, continued piano tuning and returned to college to receive an associates degree in electronics. He participated in the US Navy civilian apprenticeship program at Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP), Norfolk, VA, and was awarded the Outstanding Apprentice of both EMEM (electronic calibration and repair) and overall. During a BRAC reorganization, NADEP was closed, and Ed’s career path again changed as he pursued training in computer technology. In 2007, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology. He taught computer networking, technology, applications and electronics first at CDI and then at ECPI College of Technology from 1995 until his retirement in 2020.
Ed had many interests outside of work. For some time, he volunteered at the JCOC homeless shelter. Ed enjoyed outdoor activities such as kayaking, bicycling, running, and fitness exercises. He especially relished kayaking along the many waterways of Virginia Beach such as Broad Bay at First Landing State Park. While working at ECPI, Ed organized an extracurricular club for students interested in kayaking that attracted many participants. Ed became accomplished at wildlife photography while kayaking capturing many engaging photographs. The pursuit he was most proud of was metaphysics. He constantly pondered the nature of the world in which we live, and tried to resolve questions of human suffering that he felt were not properly answered by most institutions of government, medicine, education, and religion. He developed his own unique philosophy about life and death that he willingly shared with those who would listen or read his posting on Facebook.
Ed was a dedicated and loving father, husband, and grandfather and will be truly missed. We are especially grateful for the last year and a half we had with Ed after leaving the hospital due to a bicycle accident. We thank any and all who helped facilitate his return home from the hospital. He leaves behind his wife Barbara, a son Glenn, wife Minh and grandson Theodore (Teddy) of Virginia Beach and daughter Leanna (McDonald), husband John, and grandsons Tyler and Logan of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He also leaves behind a brother and sister and several in-law brothers and sisters along with nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. We love you Ed, and you will be in our hearts everyday.
A recording of the virtual service can be viewed by clicking HERE.
So blessed to have met and spent some time with Barbara and Ed a few years ago. What a wonderful individual and teacher Ed was who continually motivated others to educate, elevate, evolve and empower oneself and others. He will be missed however every soul he touched, he left a legacy of peace, love and light. My deepest and sincere condolences to Barbara, family and friends.