Age: 89 Address: Burnsville, North Carolina Date of Death: Monday, March 10, 2014 Arrangements: Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
Details: Edward (Ed) Chereshkoff, Sr. was born January 5, 1925, at home in Cranford, NJ. He was the youngest of eight children.
Growing up Ed worked to help the family. One of his jobs was delivering milk and he would occasionally swipe the frozen cream from the top of the milk jar – Ed always had a sweet tooth. His mother would give him a dime each week that he would spend at the movie theater, watching Flash Gordon all day. During WWII Ed lied about his age and joined the Navy, where he served in the Pacific. He was a boxer. He was a Gunners Mate First Class, and earned two bronze stars, one of which was holding an enemy airman at bay who had tried to climb the ships anchor chain.
Ed was honorably discharged at the end of the war, and returned to New Jersey and married his life-long partner, Beatrice. Ed and Bea started a family and in the 1950’s moved to South Florida where they lived for the next 35 years. Ed was a very talented mechanic and started his career in Florida at Tropical Chevrolet. He soon proved to be an equally talented and respected manager, and spent the next 40 years as a service manager for Pontiac and Cadillac. When Ed retired he and Bea moved to Deer Park Lake, NC, where for many years Ed drove a school bus for Mitchell County and the shuttle at the Grove Park Inn.
Ed always enjoyed having family and friends around. All were welcome, plenty of food and drink, and he always toasted with the salutation “Nostrovia”. A central part of life was fishing and boating, and he took great joy in taking folks out fishing. One of his favorite stories was when he took his oldest brother, Steve, deep sea fishing and Steve caught a Wahoo; it always made him smile talking about how much fun Steve had bringing in that fish. Ed was forever puttering around the house, car, boat, his children’s homes – he just couldn’t sit still. He was typically whistling a tune, or a whistle that could be heard blocks away to call us in to dinner. Ed loved Christmas and especially Santa (Sani) Clause, in many ways he was just a big kid. One year, the Lake Deer Park froze and we made a sledding path next to the house from the top of the hill onto the lake. Ed took as many turns on the sled as he could and gleefully yelling each run down “Look our Charlie” and hitting the lake ice spinning around – doing donuts.
Ed was a good man with a big heart. He died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the age of 89. Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years: Beatrice; 3 children: Ed, Jr., Bruce and Kim; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. We loved Ed very much and he will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 2PM Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.