Friday, June 19, 2009

Sad, sad news

from Barbara D'Amato

I'm extremely sad to report that Edward S. Gilbreth has passed away. Ed reviewed mysteries and crime novels for the Sun-Times for many years, after a distinguished career in the newspaper business. Ed was the most wonderful reviewer you could hope to have discuss your book. He was deeply well-read in the field, but more important, because he knew what was out there, he was fair. Ed liked certain books more than others for his own reading--who doesn't?--but when he reviewed your book, you wouldn't know whether it was his cup of oolong or not. He could say that it was a good book of its type. I wish there were a thousand others like him.

23 comments:

David J. Montgomery said...

That's sad to hear. Ed had the Sun-Times gig before I did. I never met him, but always heard good things.

Libby Hellmann said...

He will be missed. I still remember him coming to a SINC (or was it MWA) holiday meeting and holding forth for 2 hours on mysteries. It was a fun event.

David Heinzmann said...

Thanks, Barbara. FYI, The Trib will have an obituary in the paper this weekend.

David J. Montgomery said...

Here's the link to the Trib's obit:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-hed-gilbreth-20-jun20,0,3786161.story

David J. Montgomery said...

In case the above doesn't work:

http://is.gd/17mia

Barbara D'Amato said...

Thank you, both Davids and Libby. Ed had a long, distinguished career in the newspaper world and then a whole new life in the mystery/crime novel world.

Gee, I'll misshim.

Michael Matuszewski said...

I was deeply saddened to hear of Ed's passing. Ed was a wonderfully caring, engaging, charming, entertaining and witty man. While I've been away from the mystery scene for a number of years, phone conversations and the periodic exchange of correspondence with Ed was always a delight. Is any information about the memorial service available?

Barbara D'Amato said...

Yes, Mike. There will be a service at the United Methodist Home, 1415 W. Foster in Chicago at noon this Saturday, the 27th.

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