Edward Nowak

Obituary of Edward D. Nowak

Edward “Ed” Nowak was an easy-going, patient, and loving man who loved life. He would tell his daughter Val, “Go. Enjoy life.” Edward was known for his goofy sense of humor and ease. He knew it was important to make people laugh, and be light. He had a great smile that warmed the soul. Ed met the love of his life Eleanor “Ellie”, while she was working as a bank teller; he was one of her customers. The two found themselves often running into each other around town. They were friendly, chatted, and exchanged numbers during these run-ins but never truly dated. They hadn’t seen each other for about five years. One night, Ellie was in a bar with one of her friends. Ed came in with some friends after a night of bowling, and the two ran into each other again. After some time of Ed sitting in the back with friends, he came and sat next to Ellie at the bar and asked her to marry him. She thought he was kidding, but hoped it was true. She always thought he was a “handsome man”. So she said "sure" and jokingly asked her friend to be her maid of honor. Ed made it clear he was serious when he said he would call her tomorrow. Despite Ellie being unsure that he still had her number, the call came the next day. The two were married a year later. Ed loved to dance and the two were always a hit at weddings! The couple was later blessed with a beautiful daughter Valerie “Val”, with whom Ed was very close. Ed was a thoughtful man who was very "unique”. He once was traveling past a bar he and Ellie frequented when they were younger. It was being torn down and Ed brought a remaining cinderblock home. He was inquisitive and curious; always looking to explore the path least taken. It was always special to Val when Ed would share things and places he had found. Once he came home from a fishing trip with a card that had a name and address. It had been attached to a balloon, floating in the lake; he just had to net it up. That balloon led to a life-long friendship for Val and a girl, Jen, from Michigan. It was known that he loved nature and spending time outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, but told Val, “I got too good at it”. Which is why he took-up fishing; something he really enjoyed. With his love of nature, he was very knowledgeable about trees, insects, and other creatures. As a child he gained his knowledge by going to the library to render tree identifiers in his own notebook; he was also a pretty good artist. He happily shared his knowledge of nature with Val, his nieces, nephews, and anyone else who had an interest. Ed also had some good stories he was always willing to share. When not outdoors, he enjoyed cooking and woodworking. He was very handy and always working in the basement. He built cabinets and remodeled their family home. He enjoyed brickwork, stonework, and wood; he “brought the outside in”. As he aged, he still enjoyed his morning paper and sharing knowledge and discoveries with Val. Trips to the local casinos were a welcome way to spend some time, as well as eating out and having a couple of beers with his family. Ed was a hard-working roofer and Foreman who loved his job. For many years he practiced his trade at Weaver Metal and Roofing Inc. in Buffalo N.Y.; Local #74. Ed will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. ~There are not enough words my sweet father. -Val ~Love goes on forever. -Ellie ~You are always in our hearts. Nowak, Edward D. February 23, 2021 of West Seneca, NY. Beloved husband of Eleanor Nowak (nee Samol); devoted father of Valerie Nowak; loving brother of John (the late Jean) Nowak, Rose (the late Howard) Huber, Judy (Jerry) Walters, the late Angie Nowak, and the late Richard (Maryann) Nowak; cherished son of the late John and Lottie Nowak; beloved uncle of several nieces and nephews; and devoted “buddy” of family pets. Arrangements in the care of LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-5776. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WNY Raptors and Wildlife Care, Inc.
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