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Edward Frank Jablonowski
April 22, 1958 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Edward Frank Jablonowski (also known as “Mr. Ed” or “Short Street Ed”) was found resting in his home in Burkesville, KY on June 28th at the age of 65. He is predeceased by his father Edward John Jablonowski and his brother, James Jablonowski (Jimmy). He is survived by his mother Joan Frances Jablonowski (née Florek), his children, Jamie Carter and Ian Jennings and his siblings, Lisa Jablonowski, Suzanne Ricci, Steve Jablonowski, Chris Jablonowski, and their families and cousins.
Ed was born in Columbus, Ohio, and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ed’s family eventually settled in East Brunswick, New Jersey where Ed would grow up, meet Cindy Gruber, and raise his own family.
Ed attended Virginia Tech University following in the legacy of his father, where he studied forestry, business, and photography and was a brother of Phi Kappa Psi.
Returning to East Brunswick after college, Ed was involved in waste management and recycling during its infancy, working for National Waste, Killam Associates, and the town of East Brunswick. He started the first recycling center in town and had a part in distributing the recycling containers to individual homes we still use today. During this time, he also worked towards a Masters of Environmental Science at Cook College.
Ed then started in computers in the late-1990s, experimenting with the internet before many people had computers in their homes. He would go on to create and manage one of the most trafficked websites in the world at one time, bootdisk.com, a site that has helped hundreds of thousands of people recover their computers from viruses and errors. Often users would write in to tell him, “You saved my bacon.”
Ed was an entrepreneur throughout his life, starting a wedding videography business, multiple internet businesses, and a computer repair business called Multi-Task with his childhood best friend on Main Street in South River, NJ.
Ed had many skills and interests throughout his life including household carpentry, chess, photography, computers, boating, fishing, movies, and music. He had a passion for wildlife, nature, writing and philosophy.
Ed was authentic, had a big heart, and lived his life according to a set of values including honesty and the belief that most people are good. His charity was quiet, but he helped in ways that often went unnoticed.
In 2008, Ed moved to Burkesville, Kentucky. He had grown up vacationing in the area as a child and was drawn back to the mountains, lakes, and creeks. He loved the Kentucky land and passed away in a home he had filled with art, animals, and his family when they’d come to visit.
Ed leaves a huge hole as he passes on. He also leaves a legacy for his family of values and philosophy that will live on far beyond his passing. In his words, “I'm not afraid of death. Keeps me rocking…”
Rock and roll, Dad.
Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the The Arbor Day Foundation, as Ed had an appreciation for the sanctity of trees.
Ed touched many lives. If you have memories or stories of Ed you’d like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.