In memory of
Edmund Kelsey Porter
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In memory of
Edmund Kelsey Porter
Edmund Kelsey Porter June 18, 1927 - Dec. 19, 2016 Resident of Saratoga Ed Porter was born on June 18, 1927 to Hosmer and Helen (Barber) Porter at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Illinois. He had one older brother, Roger, twelve years his senior who passed away in 1994. Ed graduated from West High school in 1945, president of his class. Ed was drafted and proudly served his country from 1945 to 1947 in the United States Army. He was a Sergeant Major stationed in Germany. Though he never saw combat, he served as a liaison for incoming and outgoing service men and women and attended the Nuremberg trials during his service. After returning, he attended Northwestern University, where he was President of fraternity Alpha Tau Omega and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1951. Soon after college, Ed began his 37-year career with JL Clark Manufacturing, which later became Clarcor Inc., where he became the division manager. Clarcor manufactured containers for clients such as Shilling-McCormick, Farmers Brothers and Max Factor. When he was asked to open a plant in Morgan Hill in 1964, he moved his family to Saratoga, living in the same home until his death. Ed met the love of his life, Chick Culhane, (long before they realized they were destined to be together) in Jr. High School. They reconnected at Northwestern University and were married in 1957. They were married for forty-two happy years before her death in September 1999. Ed was extremely proud of his four daughters and their families. Chick and Rick Runkel, and John, Rob and Will. Peggy and Richard McLaughlin, and Richard, Kelsey and Clare. CC and Anthony Cunha, and Michael, Steven, Peter, and Catherine. Kelsey Porter and Derrik Shirley, and Maggie, Kate and Samantha. His eyes lit up whenever he spoke of them or heard their voice over the phone. Photographs covering the walls of his home, in frames and photo albums, tell of the loving family Ed and Chick provided for their "girls". Though Ed officially "retired" in 1988, he devoted countless hours serving others, taking leadership positions in many philanthropic organizations including: Co-chairman of the United Way Silicon Valley, President of Silicon Valley Red Cross, President of Rotary in Morgan Hill and member of the Saratoga Rotary Chapter, President of Saratoga Men's Club, Founding Member of Caritas Society for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, President of Saratoga Sister City, Board Member with Our Lady of Fatima Villa, and Board member for the Hearing Institute for Children and Adults. He was an usher at Villa Montalvo and he volunteered at the AT&T and US Open Golf tournaments for twenty years until 2013. He was also well known for his role as Santa for many years at Hillsborough Beautification Foundation's and in East San Jose's annual holiday events. Ed built many long-lasting friendships through his charitable work. Ed's many hobbies included traveling, tending his rose gardens, cooking and, above all, eating. He loved the experience of a five-star restaurant, the wonderful charm of a home cooked meatloaf, and the absolute guilty pleasure of Kentucky Fried Chicken or a chili cheese dog at Der Wienerschnitzel. He looked forward to all of it with equal gusto. If Ed met you, and he liked you (and he liked everybody), you were a friend for life. He will long be remembered as an accomplished business man, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. Please join Ed's family for a celebration of his life on Monday, January 23 at 2:00 at Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, followed by a reception. The family requests no flowers but memorials may be directed to the Saratoga Rotary Club, Our Lady of Fatima, Caritas Society - Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County or a charity of your choice. View the online memorial for Edmund Kelsey Porter
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