96th President of the Virginia SAR
July 12, 1940 - June 1, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the death of our dear friend, Ed Truslow. He was one of the finest men I have ever known, a great leader of the Virginia SAR, and a blessing to all who knew him. This is a great loss for our society, and an ever greater loss for his family and friends.
Ed died peacefully in his sleep with his beloved wife, Laura, close at hand. I spoke with Ed on Tuesday evening, both of us knowing that it would probably be the last time we talked in this life. Among other things, I made sure he knew how much we love and respect him, and that we appreciate the great legacy he leaves with us both through his initiative at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and by leading us to more community engagement and outreach efforts. He told me that the Virginia SAR is "a special group of guys," and he wanted each of you to know how much he loved serving you as President.
To me, Ed was both a friend and mentor, and I will greatly miss his dry humor, his sometimes wicked wit, and his always sound advice. He was invariably kind to, and sincerely interested in, my children, and they love Ed and Laura, too. While our hearts are broken, Julie, Emily, Will and I are comforted by some wonderful memories, and we hope you are as well. The pictures accompanying this message are from Bermuda in August 2015, where we had a wonderful time exploring history, culture and cuisine with Ed and Laura on the Gunpowder Plot adventure.
Virginia SAR Secretary Wayne Rouse will send an e-mail regarding the arrangements for Ed's memorial service as soon as the details become available. In the interim, please keep Laura and the rest of Ed's family in your thoughts and prayers. I ask that you give Laura a few days before calling or visiting her, but I am sure that a note or card would be greatly appreciated.
Michael J. Elston
Virginia Sons of the American Revolution