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Edward Benjamin Vance

October 29, 1960 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Edward Vance Obituary

Edward Benjamin Vance, 63, of Craddockville, VA, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2023 with his family by his side. Born October 29, 1960 in Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Martha Smith Vance.

Whether you called him by his given name, “Ed,” “Jersey Ed,” or “Vern,” you’d always get the same “down to earth, tell ‘em like it is,” person. Following high school, Ed enlisted in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the aircrew egress team, where he found his first love working on F16s. Upon honorable discharge, he began a career as a commercial waterman. He lobstered off the coasts of New Jersey and New York, later moving to the Eastern Shore of Virginia where he crabbed in the Chesapeake Bay. After many decades hauling pots, Ed found his true passion in woodworking.

Beyond his talents, Ed frequently gave back to his community. He was a volunteer firefighter in Highlands, NJ and coached baseball for Central Accomack Little League and Broadwater Academy. He enjoyed giving back where he could, and over the years several of his woodworking pieces were donated for fundraising auctions to benefit area nonprofits.

Ed is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Marianne Vance; their children, Kyle Vance and his wife, Victoria, and Kaitlyn Vance and her wife, Hana Fisher, all of Richmond, VA; cherished granddaughter, Hattie Vance; a sister; several nieces and nephews; and his sidekick, Sadie Sawdust, the “Monster” Doberman. In addition to his mother, Ed was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Phillip Vance and his beloved Doberman, Sammie.

The family invites friends to join them for a celebration of Ed’s life at Broadwater Academy’s Fine Arts Center on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. There will be a time for sharing memories for those who wish to do so. 

Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ( or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, ATTN: Processing Center, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394 (

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Celebration of Life
January 27, 2024

2:00 PM
Broadwater Academy
3500 Broadwater Road
Exmore, VA 23350

A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Shriners Hospitals for Children
ATTN: Processing Center, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta GA 30394


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