Edward James Scannell, “The Ironworker Poet,” died on August 3, 2019. He was 74 years old.
Born November 20, 1944, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Juliet K. Scannell; his parents, Vivian I. and Edward J. Scannell; his sister, Mary C. Scannell.
He had a big heart and befriended anyone who needed a friend. He was a Marine who served in Vietnam, was an iron worker, and a writer. He drew on the experiences of his colorful life to produce poetry, novels, and short stories published and private.
Katherine Patricia Scannell Goffstein, Kati Isabelle to her dad, her husband Adam Goffstein, and his grandchildren, JRob, Grover, and Smokey Goffstein will miss his stories, discussing politics and books, and enjoying the outdoors with him. His son, James Scannell, will miss long discussions about everything. He is also missed by his first wife, Patricia Wedner, his sister, Margaret Agnew and her husband Steve Agnew. Carole Cohen will miss the miss the multiple daily conversations as his closest companion, editor, and agent. He will be missed by Robert Earlywine, co-author of In the Big Sky’s Mouth, Rikki Henderson, Marlene Miller, and Everett Hearst. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Ed’s name to any Democrat who opposes Donald Trump. Ed signed off on his letters with
Take care, Beware, Be humble,
Don’t stumble, au revoir, bon jour …
Love you very.”
Memorial Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Genevieve County.