Cooley, Edward Sedgwick Born in Los Angeles, California on June 6, 1926 to Ethel and Sedgwick Cooley and died on Jul 10, 2007. He was 3rd generation California born. After graduating from Washington High School in L.A., Ed joined the Merchant Marines. Several years later, he was drafted into the Army. Although he never served in Korea, he was stationed in Shanghai and various other ports. His home base was Ft. Lewis, Washington. He worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in Computer Processing for 27 years until his retirement in 1981. In 1954, he married Clara Wooden and they had two daughters and two sons. In 1976, Ed and Karen Pope were married on Catalina Island. They visited the island at least twice a year which included their wedding vows there every 5 years. After Ed retired, he and Karen became very active in chili cook-off competitions for 24-1/2 years. Proceeds from the cookoffs went to various charities. They also loved going to the Hawaiian Islands every 2-3 years and taking various cruises. Ed is survived by his wife of 31 years, Karen: his 4 children; Vicki Padron-Slye (& partner Rob Hicks), Russ Cooley, Terri Burnett (& husband Searl), and Lindsay Cooley: 3 grandchildren; Angel Warner (& husband Erik), Rick Padron (& wife Katie) and Stefanie O'Brien (& husband Kris): 3 step grandchildren, J.T. Slye (& wife Maria), Curtis Burnett and Tonya Sanborn: 3 great grandchildren: and 3 step great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Irv Pope and nephews Jeff Pope (& wife Sarah), Jerry Pope (& wife Maria), and Jay Pope, along with a great nephew, Joshua. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Guide Dogs of America, 13445 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342. Write on your check "In Memory of Ed Cooley". A memorial service is planned for Friday, August 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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  1. Karen and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Ed was a good friend and our favorite chili cook and we were blessed to have known him for so many years. He was a kind and loving man and we will miss him very much. The girls always looked forward to the cookoffs that “Uncle Ed” and “Aunt Karen” would be at and spent a lot of time in your chili booth when they were younger. Cookoffs just won’t be the same without him. May you find comfort and love from your friends and family during this difficult time. We know that Ed is looking down upon all of us and will forever be on our minds and in our hearts. We love you so much! Jim, Kim, Nikki & Katie LaTendresse

  2. My sincere condolences to all of Ed’s family. I have known he and Karen for a very short time, too short as it seems now. We met at The Mermaid Restaurant, probably 10 years ago, and I heard wonderful tales of Chili cookoffs, wins, losses and fun. Our times together were filled with laughter and joy, my living vicariously with their exploits. When Ed became ill, I kept in touch with Karen, and to this day value the friendship that has ensued over the years. Ed was a special individual. Stories and laughter were always a part of him, even when ill and coming in to The Hermosa Saloon for a hot dog on Sunday. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of adjustment to this great loss.

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