Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.
Ed was born in Ogden, Utah to Eugene Edward Radford and Mildred Levedahl. He received his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13 and graduated from Ogden High School as class Valedictorian. He loved serving in the Sweden Stockholm mission from where his ancestors immigrated. He made life long friends with his missionary companions. One of Ed's fondest memories was traveling to Sweden with
his family in 2019.
Ed met his future companion Judy on the ski bus traveling to Snow Basin. After his mission, they were married and settled in Salt Lake City where he continued his education at the University of Utah. He received his MBA and started his career in Finance and Mortgage Banking. He worked for First Security Corporation and was Vice Chairman and CEO of CrossLand Mortgage Corporation. Ed was the Founding Chair of Ogden Valley Pathways and founding chair of the Community Foundation of Ogden Valley. Ed and Judy traveled to Hungary for the Salt Lake Winter Olympic bid and he volunteered at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Ed was grateful for his callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Branch Presidency, Bishopric, Executive Secretary to the Stake President. Ed loved family history and learning about his ancestors with his sister Eda Nell.
Ed had a passion for Porsches. One of the memorable events Ed experienced was in 2010 co-chairing with Ric Hammond the Porsche West Coast Holiday event (for vintage 356 Porsches) hosted in Park City, Utah. Ed and Ric were supported by a large contingent of family and friends as volunteers for the week-long event.
One of Ed's favorite places to be was in Eden, Utah at the family cabin. He spent many hours developing the land at Radford Hills. His family and friends loved spending the 4th of July in Huntsville at the parade, boating on Pineview and having dinner at the cabin. During the winter months, Ed and Judy enjoyed being in La Quinta, California and made many wonderful new friends. Ed cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He loved to travel with his family and many of those vacations were the happiest times of his life.
Ed is survived by his loving wife Judy, son Rich (Michelle) daughter Robyn (Eric) Nielsen. He had 7 grandchildren Siena (Steven), Emerson, Rion, Kira, Hannah and Christian. He is also survived by his special sister Eda Nell Radford Checketts. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Rimini Radford.
A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a later date.
Ed Radford and I were in the fourth grade together at Mound Fort Elementary School, where we were friends. After that we both moved, and we didn't renew our friendship again until we attended Ogden High School. Ed was always a good friend and a good person. He was kind, generous, trustworthy, helpful, friendly, understanding, and a man of outstanding character. He will be missed by everyone in his class at Ogden High, and by everyone else who were fortunate enough to know him.
Judy, Rich, Robyn and family,
When we read the stunning news of Ed’s passing in the Tribune on Christmas Eve, Ann and I were so sad! We had no idea that he was in such danger to his health. We grieve for you and with you! Our long and enduring friendship has been such a blessing and comfort to us. Wonderful memories flood our minds dating back to Sweden, the University of Utah, college roommates, dating fun, pine view outings, our marriage events, growth of our kids, family occasions, and sharing similar careers. You both are so loved and cherished, what will we do without him? Memories will have to do! Our most sincere and deeply felt condolences to you all! We will be in touch.
Dick and Ann Eastlyn
We send our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Jean was so happy to have run into the two of you recently at the mall. Ed was a remarkable businessman, and we shared wonderful experiences in the mortgage banking business. He will be sorely missed. Until we meet again. May God‘s peace be with you at this tender time.