Gulan, Edmund J.

Edmund Joseph Gulan of Hinckley, OH, passed peacefully at home on June 11th with Leslie by his side. He was a determined and courageous man having fought the cancer battle for 15 years when his original prognosis was only 4-5 years.

Edmund was born February 24, 1940, to the late Edmund and Agnes (nee Blatnik) Gulan.  He attended St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School then Brooklyn Junior and High School where he was not only a good student but a star athlete playing both football and baseball. He graduated in 1957 and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (Earhart) Miller. They had two daughters. To this day the Earhart cousins have remained close to Ed.

He also remained remarkably close to all his high school buddies even after moving his family to Hinckley in 1969. Many of his friends also moved from Brooklyn to Hinckley, Parma, and other southern suburbs where they all continued to get together frequently for dinners and cookouts, birthdays, and New Year’s Eve.  Many of the cookouts and parties included singing along with a record, tape, or CD to the tunes of their day. While his daughters were in school, he was the ‘cool’ dad; hosting teen parties and enjoying his daughters’ friends hanging out around the house where he could keep a subtle eye on their activities.  Several of those gals still call him “Pops.”  He later coached his daughters and some of their friends in the Hinckley Women’s softball league.

Ed and many of his Brooklyn friends remained avid softball players into the 70s. He also loved fishing, bowling and golfing with his brother and many friends. At home, Ed loved to cook and grow his own vegetables.  Seldom traveling before he met Leslie, he learned to enjoy travel and often went with Leslie to visit her family in Florida.  They went annually to Las Vegas with another couple or two and cruised the Caribbean with the ‘Gulan’ gang and friends many times.  Kelley’s Island was an annual vacation spot from his early childhood continuing throughout his life until the last few years.  Ed and Leslie usually went to Kelleys Island over the 4th of July often with family and/or friends. He still could sing a tune with his old cronies. His most recent hobbies were wood carving and painting.

Ed was a lifelong, avid Elvis fan and saw Elvis perform live with Pat Boone at Brooklyn High School in 1955 and was invited up on stage by Bill Randle. In 2002 he finally got to Graceland with Leslie, travelling again with a couple he’d known for ages.  May he rock on with The King!

Edmund is survived by his spouse Leslie (Hepler Reynolds); daughters Cathy Burless (Rob) and Connie Kizys (Don); grandson Austin Kizys; brother Robert Gulan (Linda); sisters Doris Petrencsik (Ken), Geralyn Hlavna (Al), and Janice Havasi (Jeno); and many nieces and nephews. He was a lifelong friend not only to his high school gang but also a friend and role-model to many young people, especially those who worked with him at Jay-O Machine.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley, on Friday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.  For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be live-streamed  on the Our Lady of Grace website:

The family requests no flowers or donations please.

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  1. My dear cousin, Eddy. What can I say. We went to grade school together through the 7th grade at St Francis until both of our families moved to Cleveland’s West side. He went to Brooklyn, I went to Rhodes High School. He was always Mr Cool. He was an avid Elvis fan from the time Elvis became known. I’ll never forget his Elvis memorial room in the basement of his Hinckley home. Ed had a depth of intelligence masked by his easy going personality. He was fun to be with and many great discussions occurred with him on many topics. He invited me to high school parties with his friends that I have never forgotten.

    Au revoir my cousin and good friend. I and many others will miss you.

    Rita Erne

    R.I.P. through eternity

  2. Aunt Cathy, very sad for you and your family. May your dad party with Elvis and be in peace. Love from Eric, Evan, Erin and myself.

  3. What a wonderful life he lead! We’re very sorry for your families loss, Aunt Cathy.
    Chrissy, Clarence, & Alexis

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