The Centenarian, Edmond Zakoor, passed away peacefully at home — 101 years old on November 15, 2023, in Pasadena, CA surrounded by caring family. Lovingly known as Ed, his spirit lives on in the hearts of all those who knew him.
He was born on August 28, 1922, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and lived for many years in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to California in 1958.
Ed had a remarkable career in freight transportation sales and management that spanned over six decades. Ed's strong work ethic and dedication to his profession were evident throughout his long and successful career. He began his journey in the freight transportation industry as a salesperson, gradually working his way up the ladder to become a sales manager and executive. Ed's extensive knowledge and expertise in the field made him a respected figure within the industry.
Despite his professional achievements, Ed understood the importance of family and cherished his role as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family-oriented nature was one of his defining traits.
One of Ed's proudest accomplishments was his 50-year marriage to his late wife Marianne Riopelle Zakoor. Their love for each other served as an inspiration to their children and grandchildren. Together they built a large and loving family that will continue to honor their memory.
Outside of work and family life, Ed had several hobbies and interests that brought him joy. He was an avid baseball fan who enjoyed watching the LA Dodgers. Additionally, he took great pleasure in coaching his sons' little league teams when they were young. Ed also had a passion for reading biographies of historical figures. In his retirement he was a dedicated volunteer at the West Covina Public Library.
In addition to being an exceptional individual personally and professionally, Ed proudly served his country during World War II as part of the US Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. For his outstanding service, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Ed also served in the US Marine Corps Reserves during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952.
Ed's admirable personality and kind, caring, considerate nature touched the lives of many. His presence brought warmth and comfort to those around him. He will be remembered for his unwavering love for his family, his strong work ethic, and his endless reservoirs of kindness.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Marianne and his son Raymond Henry. He is survived by his sister Isobel; sons Ron, Ric, Robert; daughters Renee, Rita, Robin; grandchildren Ryan, James, Richard, AnnMarie, Mackenzie, Andrew, Alex; and great-grandchildren Hallie, Scotlyn, and Gracelyn.
Services to bid farewell to Ed will be held on January 13, 2024, at Forest Lawn - Covina Hills. The memorial service will commence at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the City of Hope.
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