Edward A. Filina died May 16, 2017 of Stage IV Colon Cancer. He was a loving husband of 56 years to E. Elizabeth (Beth) devoted father to Karen Wilson(David) of Worthington, Ohio, Robert (Joanne) of Akron and grandchildren Adam, Zoe, Dash and Libby. He is survived by a sister Margaret Signor of Avon, Ohio and brother, George, in Winter Springs, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Susie (Weisner) Filina, brothers Steve Rudolph (Rudy) and John and sisters, Irene Schmegner, and Ethel Prescher.
Born in Berea, Ohio July 3, 1935, he graduated from Berea High School Class of 1954, and Army radio school. He served in the Ohio National Guard for 6 years. He was a member of the Berea Methodist church, Ohio Wander Freunde, and Valley Vagabonds, Cleveland’s walking club. He retired from Weldon Tool Co. Pump division as an engineering technician in the electronic hydraulic lab.
He was an amateur radio operator for many years, W8VLG. He enjoyed experimenting with electronic circuits and built many Heathkits in his basement electronics lab. He enjoyed volksmarching, hiking, camping with the family, and especially bicycling, where he rode thousands of miles each year on Ohio trials—especially the North Coast Inland trail—stopping periodically to chat with fellow bikers or “take notes” of his surroundings and progress of the ride.
He and his wife traveled to all 50 states, walking a 10K trail in most of the capitols. They also traveled to nine foreign countries, including Slovakia where his parents were born.
The family would like to remind all of the importance of early cancer screenings. Please honor your own family by scheduling your regular colonoscopy right away.