Edward S. Hilding

Hilding, Edward S., passed away peacefully on September 7, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital. His family and friends were at his side. Ed was the son of Herbert W. and Dorothy E. (Shawdee) Hilding. He was the brother of the late Beth Atwood. Ed is survived by his brother-in-law Wayne Atwood and his wife Melody, nephew Wayne Atwood Jr., niece Lana Fontaine and cousins William and Peter Hilding. He was the great uncle of Brandon Fontaine, Grace and Chloe Atwood. Ed was a graduate of the Lenox Academy in Lenox, Massachusetts. He was employed by the state of R.I. at the Training School for Youth where he served in the athletic department, retiring as it's director after 30 years. Upon retirement, he worked for Harris Furs until the time of his illness. Ed will be remembered for his commitment to Cranston Leagues for Cranston's Future (CLCF), where he contributed much of his time and also served as a past president. He also contributed generously to several charities, including the ASPCA and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers). His burial will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.

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melody & wayne atwood - 09/10/2011

goodby to our traveling buddy...the number 1 red sox fan....miss you so much.....will miss you forever....be at peace.....

Roberta Bamford-Hayes - 09/11/2011

My deepest condolences to Ed's family. I worked with Ed for many years at the RITS. He was a great guy. His service to youth was outstanding. So sorry for your loss.

Ethel Kettle - 09/11/2011

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Ed for many years at the Trainig School. He was a great person. Hopefully he is at peace now.

David Taft (DT) - 09/11/2011


You were my coach, mentor and friend. Some of my fondest memories as a teenager were the times I spent delivering phonebooks with you all over New England. I regret not being able to thank you for the positive influence you had on me during my formative years.

God bless you, Ed. I will never forget you.

John,Sue,Brian,& Matt McWeeney - 09/11/2011

Our condolences to Ed's family. In many way's he was always a part of our family. He was an uncle and a brother to many. From CLCF to many visits to the gym at RITS to baseball in the summer at cape cod and of course phone books! Thank-you Ed. We will miss you and always remember the many good times.

Jane Butler Wallace - 09/11/2011

With sincere sympathy. Our family met Ed because he was my Brother Bill's coach. Ed quickly became a family friend. Many good times and laughs at our Greenwood St. home. Ed will be missed by all.

Rick MacDonald - 09/11/2011

Ed you were a great baseball coach and friend to all us kids. Thankyou

Stephen MacDonald - 09/11/2011

Ed, you were the father I never had growing up during my teens. Thank you for your generosity and support. You will be missed dearly. Rest in peace.

Bob DeCosta - 09/12/2011

Sympathy to Ed's family. My baseball coach with CLCF and the Cape trips as a youth. Practicing baseball at the training school. A place my parents told me I was going if I was bad!Delivering phone books. My first "job". And helping me after being diagnosed with Diabetes 30 years ago. Thank you

John Abbate - 09/12/2011

A gentle man.... a caring man...... a FRIEND!!!!!
You will be missed!!!!! Thanks for giving my grandson's the memory of "WALLY"!

Family Court Associate Justice Michael Forte - 09/12/2011

You first took a group of us young ball players to the training school when you were in college. You taught us that those kids were no different than us and we should be greatful for the lives we had. i keep going there right through my own college years and no go as a judge to review rehabilitation plans for todays children. You started me and many of the other Eden Park kids on the road to public service especially respecting troubled children. Your impact on the Training School will live on as will your memory. It was a privilege to know and work with you.

Peter and Bill Hilding - 09/12/2011

My brother and I have so many memories of Ed through the years and we treasure them all. Ed was a great story teller ( just like his father) and thinking about him in the living room updating us on what's new will always bring a smile to us. We will miss you but know you are in a better place now. Rest in peace.

John Miley - 09/12/2011

Thank you, Ed.
You came to see me in the hospital when I was 13 years old and diagnosed with diabetes. You gave me the confidence to continue my life with diabetes and in sports (College football & Hockey) not as a disablilty but as a normal way of life. The phone book delivery excursions and road trips were great for all of us. You'll always be remembered on our 10/24 birthday.
Your friend, Pops.

Gail Parks Peet - 09/13/2011

As a long time member of Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence RI, 02906. I had the pleasure to know Ed in the late 1900's when he participated in our May Breakfasts and Thanksgiving Dinners . Ed wanted us to have T-shirts for these events and he sponsored them . We continue to wear them . It was fun to know Ed and work with him. The Church will remember Ed at Prayers this Wednesday 9/14/2011 at the morning Eucharist and Sunday 9/18/2011 at both Services during the Prayers of the People. God's Peace Ed

Wm H Harris - 09/14/2011

Ed was a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed.He always took extra time with our customers and was loved by them as well as us. He will be surely missed come this delivery season.

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