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Edward L. Tarby

The final chapter of this great man, husband, and father has been written. Edward Lincoln Tarby born in Jamaica, West Indies on January 27, 1930 departed this life on April 11, 2020. His father, Edward Sr. was an American missionary who traveled to Jamaica. There he would meet, fell in love with and married Leah Pearce. Edward, the middle child of that union was raised in a strongly disciplined, highly religious household. As a Pentecostal minister, Senior ruled the roost with fire and brimstone.
Affectionately known as Ned, junior was a dutiful son. At the age of six, following the death of his father and older brother, he assumed the role of head of household – a role that he took very seriously. As soon as he could, he began to learn automobile mechanics to provide financial support for the family. Edward was extremely protective and possessive of his mother and sister.
At 28 years of age, Ned met and became entranced with Cynthia Merlyn Satherswaite, a young, nurse midwife with personality characteristics opposite to his. She was outgoing, bold, outspoken, flirty and fun; and he was shy, introverted and quiet. It was a match made in heaven. They were married on June 1956 in one of the most grandiose weddings of the time. Rumor has it that they had a blast as a young couple. She introduced him to dancing – a skill he would never master but loved to perform. He introduced her to saving – a concept she never mastered but loved to say that she did. In 1965, Ned and Cynthia immigrated from Jamaica to Brooklyn and in 1969 they adopted her sister’s child Nedine into their family.
Ned was always a gentle giant who worked hard to make his house a home with his family contented and needing nothing. His joy was to have smiles of happiness on his wife’s and daughter’s face. He perfected his mechanical skills and specialized in repairing diesel cars and large trucks.
Ned found time to enjoy some simple pleasures. One of these pleasures was shooting. With little effort he became an excellent class A marksman. He was in such high demand, the local police force proposed that he become a member of their staff solely to be a Sharp Shooter. He declined their offer but was proud of that honor. He was an excellent cook and was most famous for his golden corn breads, sweet potato puddings and soups. Ned would put his all effort into ensuring that his creations came out perfect. When the family moved from Brooklyn to the Bronx, their house for many years became party central especially on New Year’s Eve. After each party, Ned with his young daughter in tow, would drive home any guest that traveled far or who had no other way return home. It was his quiet gentle way of making sure everyone was safe.
Ned was a natural nurturer. Over the course of many years, he and Cynthia cared not only for their daughter, but ten cats. Although all the cats pre-deceased him, they couldn’t have had a better life. These cats were exceptionally well taken care of. Ned would spend hours playing music for them, feeding, combing their hair and talking to them. He had a savings account which he jokingly claimed was the cats fund.
Late in his life, Ned battled of atrial fibrillation and prostate cancer. He faced each condition with frank determination and was fortunate to overcome them both. His pragmatic views on life led him to be always controversial. He loved to discuss religion and politics and spent time at many holiday meals fiercely debating his points of view either with his son-in law or anyone else who dared to challenge him.
At 90 years of age, Ned departed this world as quietly as he entered but with no lack of impact on many along the way. Edward Lincoln Tarby will be sorely missed deeply. He is pre-deceased by his wife Cynthia whom he shared fifty years of marital bliss. He leaves to mourn him his loving and caring daughter Nedine and her husband Denzil, sister Laura Hall, nieces and nephew: Dudley, Heather, Hope, Sandra and Maxine and their respective families, other family members, countless friends, neighbors and former colleagues.
Sleep well Edward. Thank you for a life well served and examples well received.

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