I just received the very sad news that our good friend Ed Brocke passed away today at 2:20 pm.

Ed and Fran Brocke on September 23, 2010

It is hard to believe Ed is gone. In the photo is the last time I saw him, at the GOP “Pledge to America” event at Tart Lumber in Sterling on September 23, 2010.

Ed has been a friend of mine for over 5 years now; some of our readers have known him longer than that. Ed was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known and one of the most civic-minded. He was kind, intelligent, articulate and tireless.

Ed Brocke meant so much to the local community and also to me personally that he deserves much more than a late night blog post. There are many memories, and I will share more of them later.

My prayers go out to Ed, Frannie, Kathy and the entire family.