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Edward “Ed” Pharr Rich, Jr., 50, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his home.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service.
Ed was born April 20, 1969 in Guilford County. He attended Pleasant Garden Baptist Church and was retired from Davidson Water. He enjoyed working with his hands doing construction work, and he could build anything. He liked spending time with his family and the Village people, but what he most wanted was to spend any time he could with his wife. Ed was a prankster and always kept something going. He even loved giving the doctors and nurses a hard time about anything. The nurses often fought over who was going to take care of him because they all loved him so much. He genuinely cared about all the medical staff that have cared for him over the years. Many of them have been with him the entire eight year period, and they are like family. The family feels that they can not express adequately their appreciation to all the doctors and nurses for the care and love they have given to Ed over the past eight years. UNC Hospital could not have taken better care of my Sweet Ed, and I will forever be grateful for all the love that has been shown to our family during this entire time. Thank you- Melissa.
Ed was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lemmond and Francis Rich and Frank and Mary Bettini.
Ed is survived by his wife, Melissa Rudder Rich; children of the home, Wesley, Sydney, and Avery and daughter, Staci O’Hare (Thomas) of Jacksonville; parents, Edward and Lynne Rich; brother, Todd Rich (Misty); granddaughter, Sutton O’Hare; parents-in-law, Larry and Pat Rudder; and nieces and nephews, Madison, Chase, and Lucas Rich, and McKenzie and Jack Rudder.
Memorials contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, or to Emily’s Kids Foundation.