Obituary of Edward Laurence Enns
Ed’s epic journey finally came to an end on Monday, January 11, 2021.
It is with both sadness and relief that we announce the peaceful passing of Edward Laurence Enns in his 55th year, after a long and challenging walk with cancer. Ed’s final weeks were spent at Innisfree House in Kitchener, where the incredibly compassionate and knowledgeable team addressed every small detail in keeping him comfortable. His family had the honour of surrounding him with love every moment of his final days. We were grateful for visits from his close friend Jerry Enns, who provided whiskey tastings for Ed and lots of hilarious stories that lightened all of our spirits during this difficult time.
Ed was born in Windsor, Ontario to Walter and Hilda Enns in 1966. After graduating from Harrow District High School, he studied English Literature at the University of Waterloo, where he made lifelong friends at Conrad Grebel College. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ed was accepted into OISE at the University of Toronto, and he embarked on his training to become an elementary school teacher. In recent years, while he was still working and undergoing cancer treatments, Ed completed a master’s degree. He was the honoured recipient of Brock University’s 2018 Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Master of Education.
Ed enjoyed a 27-year career with the WRDSB, first as a teacher in the junior division, then as a consultant in Learning Services. He also enjoyed working for the Ontario Ministry of Education when he was seconded for two years to write curriculum documents. A forward-thinking classroom teacher and tireless researcher of best practice, Ed was passionate about helping his colleagues adopt progressive teaching strategies that would make learning fun and meaningful for students, especially in the area of Mathematics.
Ed’s favourite moments were spent hanging out with his family in the backyard pool, listening to the Tragically Hip, and getting out to hit some balls on the golf course with his good friends. A frugal man in many ways, Ed splurged on a good steak from Brady’s and a bottle of red wine every Saturday night, all year round.
Ed will be forever missed by his loving wife Karin, his son Michael, daughter Mikhala, faithful companion Jasper; parents Walter and Hilda; brother Peter (Véronique), nieces Rachelle and Julia; mother-in-law Faye; brother-in-law Steve (Jill), niece Alexis and nephew Jaxon; sister-in-law Krista, nephews Kevin and Grant, nieces Karrah and Jade. He is predeceased by his sister Christine.
Ed is currently resting at the Erb and Good Funeral Home, and his remains will be cremated. We look forward to gathering with friends to celebrate Ed’s life when the pandemic has ended.
In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to Innisfree House in Ed’s memory: https://lisaardandinnisfree.com/ways-to-give/support-us/