Ed Foster was born on February 12, 1939 to Adelade Smith and Edward Foster, Sr. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Adelade and Edward Sr.; his brothers, Duncan Foster and Peter Foster. Ed has one surviving sister, Edith Bishop, who resides in West Jefferson, North Carolina.
Ed grew up in East Orange, New Jersey and after high school graduation attended Norwich University, which was the oldest private military academy in the US, where he excelled and became a platoon sergeant during his junior year and a corp of cadets commander during his senior year.
He was active in the Vermont ski patrol while at Norwich, and the mountain and cold weather unit. After he graduated, he was commissioned into the Army where he served for 22 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel.
While in the service, Ed taught history at West Point and completed his master’s degree. Earned among other recognitions: the Army Commendation Medal (1st Oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Metal, Meritorious Service Metal , 2 overseas service Bars, Bronze Star Medal, Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Vietnam Service medal w/3 SVC stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Joint SVCS Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with silver star, and Overseas Service Ribbon, and RVNCross of Gallantry w/ palm.
Ed’s passions were the military, sailing, and his family; particularly his two daughters.
Upon his retirement from the Army in Sept of 1983, he was married to Melody Morrow and they took this opportunity to live a complete “sailing life” and lived on their sailboat “Pegasus” for 18 months, sailing in the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. After 18 months of living and sailing on their boat, Ed and Melody were ready to return to land and live a more conventional life. After Ed’s return to the landlubber life, Ed and his wife Melody traveled to Peoples’ Republic of China twice and adopted a child on each trip. Those children are Mackenzie XuXilan Morrow Foster and Michaela Chang Zue Morrow Foster.
Ed is survived by his 2 daughters Michaela and Mackenzie and his wife Melody Morrow. Mackenzie XuXilan Morrow Foster his oldest daughter, graduated from the College of William and Mary and now resides in Arlington pursuing her career in computer software development. Michaela Chang Xue Morrow Foster, his younger daughter is presently a junior at Virginia Tech studying Food Science and Technology.
Ed’s family would like to especially thank Ana Santana and Mike of Excellent Care, who helped with his care during the last 11 months of Ed’s illness. Treating him with love, respect and looking after his many needs. Also a special thanks to Pastor Abel who administered to Ed during this last year and to Jason who was his R.N. helping with his comfort care.
Ed will be missed by his family and friends leaving a deep emptiness in their hearts but knowing that he is on a new journey now…God Speed
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
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