Born in Berkeley, Calf., on June 12, 1919, Ed grew up in and around southern California and Hawaii. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1940, and was drafted shortly afterwards to serve in W.W.II. Trained at UCLA as a meteorologist, he served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theatre as a weather officer.
Returning from a data gathering flight over Japan, Ed narrowly escaped losing his life when the plane crashed at sea. He spent three days adrift with the rest of the crew before being rescued and sent home to the states. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1964, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Ed worked in a wide variety of jobs from chemistry to TV production and Hollywood movies and commercials, to his favorite position as president of a local meat packers union where he helped lead a long and successful strike. Throughout his life he remained a strong believer in the importance of workers’ rights and solidarity.
In the early 1960s, Ed decided it was time to see more of the world and he set off on a three and a half year odyssey to hitchhike around it. He met his soul mate and future wife, Raven, in Tokyo in 1965.
Ed went back to school to earn a law degree from Boston College in 1970. After a two year driving/camping trip around Africa and Europe, Ed and Raven decided, in 1973, to settle in Charlotte, where they, along with longtime English friends, Paul and Marie Thorogood, among many others, built a passive solar octagon home under the skilled direction of master builder Cal Schneider. The closeknit community that developed over the following years was a great source of love, laughter, and support.
Ed devoted the second half of his life to turning swords into ploughshares working for justice and peace through the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, the VT chapter of the American Friends Service Committee and the local Veteran’s for Peace, Chapter 57. He produced over 660 hour-long shows for the Peace and Justice Review on Vermont Community Access Media’s Channel 15, and was awarded one of their outstanding producer awards.
In 2006, he was runner-up for United Ways’ Hometown Hero Award. In 2007, he received the first Peace and Justice award (named in his honor) from the Burlington Peace and Justice Center.
Interspersed with their activism, Ed and Raven continued to explore the world, driving a VW bus with four others from Vermont to Tierra del Fuego and back in 1975-76, plus visiting all 50 U.S. states, and all seven continents.
Ed’s love of the natural world led him to co-found the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington, and the Nature Conservancy’s Raven Ridge Reserve in Charlotte/Hinesburg/Monkton.
Besides his wife of 45 years, Raven Deborah Davis, and his many good friends and neighbors, Ed will be greatly missed by his sons, Anthony Everts, Eric Kirsch (Francine), and Michael Lopez, all of southern California, and Randall Everts (Dolores) of Hawaii; grandchildren, Alexis and Jasper Kirsch, Scott Everts and Ashley Kahrs; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stephen and Suzanne Davis, and Jeffrey and Gail Davis; nephews, Scott, Christopher, and Eric Davis, of Connecticut; and his deceased sister Johanna’s son, Eric Stone of California. Ed’s family wishes to thank his longtime physician, Richard “Bunky” Bernstien and the staff at the Charlotte Family Health Center, the hospice program of the Visiting Nurse Association and the VT Respite House for their tender and supportive care.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Online condolences may be sent to www.gregorycremation.com. Memorial contributions in Ed’s honor may be made to the Peace and Justice Center, 60 Lake St., #1C, Burlington, VT 05401; or the Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462.