Longtime Gardena Valley News employee Ed Hernandez never had a chance to say good-bye. His passing on the first weekend of this month was untimely. Shocking to most of us, because he was fit and active, and was a familiar sight of the company’s daily operation.
Cause of death is to be determined. He was months shy of his 55th birthday.
Ed was a Gardena High grad, class of 1976, I think. He was a trained accountant, if I have my facts correct. But his forte and primary duties with our company was as a handyman — plumber, electrician, carpenter, mechanic. If it could be repaired or modified, Ed was the man. He gave so many thing renewed life.
On many weekends, I would find him working on a project while listening to National Public Radio, KPCC 89.3. He had a nostalgic side, occasionally delving into some article or photo from the past. Recently he would peruse the Friday sports pages and talked about getting back to one of his great loves, fishing on the open sea.
As I look around my office, I see remnants of things connected to Ed—a window screen where there was none before, a plastic floor mat under my office chair, a new surge protector, replaced wall outlets. Others at the GVN office can relate similar stories.
Ed was divorced and had twin sons, Raymond and Robert, and a daughter, Rachele. His life in recent years revolved around his work. There were very few days in which we didn’t catch a glimpse of his presence. He is missed mightily by his GVN family. In memory, I’m certain his spirit is out there battling waves and albacore, against the setting sun.