Edward A. “Ed” Porachan, 86, departed this life to return to his Father in Heaven on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Cleveland, after a long, but courageous battle with cancer. Ed was born June 12, 1926 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to parents, Josephine and Mathew Porachan. One of eight children, Ed was raised in the tiny coal community of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, amid the adversity of the Great Depression.
At age 18, not yet finished with high school, Ed was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII, and luckily, he recounted, was chosen for the Army Air Corps, the precursor to the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged after the war. The war had a profound impact on him, but provided the opportunity for Ed to be the first and only member of his family to attend college. He graduated from West Virginia University with honors. Upon graduation, Ed was first employed by Goodyear in Akron in their sales division. Never fully retiring, he kept his interest on business and world events until the end.
Ed met his future wife, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Murphy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1958 when she was a dance instructor. Both sharing a lifelong love of Big Band music, they married in 1960, honeymooning in the Poconos and New York City. The couple first settled in Parma Heights and welcomed the three children, Renee, John and Michelle, into the world. The young family then moved to Elyria in 1967, where Ed and Jackie resided to this day.
Ed was a huge sports fan, especially following his college alma mater WVU Mountaineers and hometown Pittsburgh Steelers through the years. He was also an active model railroader and avid train enthusiast, who organized two major cross-country train trips to the American and Canadian west in the 1990′s.
Ed had a strong determination to live life to the fullest. He loved to travel, and every summer, shared this passion with his family, as he took them on trips to Canada and across the entire U.S., visiting all the National Parks, and introducing his family to a love of travel and learning and an appreciation of the amazing scenery of our continent. He inspired a love of the tapestry of the North American landscape, and especially the Mountain West.
His love for his wife, Jackie; children, Renee, John and Michelle; and his wonderful granddaughters, Brynn, Challen, Heather and Sophia was evident, and his zest for life will continue to live on through them. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.
Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass at 10 A.M. at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar Street, Elyria, with the Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor, officiating. Burial will full military honors will be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Memorial contributions in Edward’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.