Edgar J. Rowe Jr, Rest in Peace

January 7th, 2009 · 6 Comments · By

Bill e-mailed me yesterday to let me know that Ed Rowe passed away on New Year’s Eve. He was 54.


If you’ve spent more than a few afternoons or evenings downtown, you probably knew Ed; he was a Tarot card reader who usually sat on the mall between 1st and E 2nd st. I can’t say I knew him well, but I saw him often and we would occasionally chat or exchange pleasantries or nod hello. To the extent that I knew Ed, he was extremely kind, very generous and forthright and patient. He always had a kind word or a sly insight, and I was glad to have him as an acquaintance.

There will be a memorial service for Ed at the Tea Bazaar this evening from 5 to 8pm; I’m told that his family will be present.

I’m sad to say I can’t  be there myself (I have pinkeye, the contagious kind) but my thoughts are with Ed this afternoon. You can read some of his writings about his own life and his travels by clicking here.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jan 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Does anyone have a picture of Ed that I can use for this post?

  • 2 Bill // Jan 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm


  • 3 Andy // Jan 8, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I’m deeply saddened to hear this, i didn’t know him well but from the few times meeting him I witnessed a very interesting and kind man. Also does anybody know what he died off?

  • 4 Ana Mariza // Jan 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I am so sad to have just read about Ed. There was something really special about his heart. I am writing this in hopes that his children read it, (and you can contact us at this email if you want) because as a mother of two 24 and 26 years old, I want his children to know how much he loved them. And no matter what turns his life took, and although they may have appeared to be “unacceptable” and “unconventional” the amount of lives he touched in ways that have no words to explain, are unmeasurable. Your Dad was a much bigger person than many out there, no matter what roof he did or didn’t have over his head. My husband and I will miss him so. I went last week to the downtown mall looking for him when I got back from Florida, and now I know why I didn’t find him. I know he led me to finding this blog, so that I would know where he was. Fly with the Angels, Mr. Ed, fly. We love you. John & Ana

  • 5 Jessica Rowe // Jan 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I am one of Ed’s daughters.First I want to say thank you Ana,what you said was verykind and beautiful,he was the greatest man I ever knew. And I know he loved us more than the world. We all miss him very much. And to answer Andy’s question he died of a stroke.

  • 6 Ann // Jan 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Just another note to the children (if you’re looking at this…) I spoke with Ed many times over the years and saw him on several occasions difuse possibly dangerous situations with a hand on someone’s back or a few soft words for someone to sit down and tell him what’s going on. I too, was wondering where he was, and heard the next morning after asking someone that he had died.
    His presence is missed.