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Ed Seikus, age 67, passed away December 10, 2018, after a valiant 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He had a strong work ethic throughout his life, much of which was attributed to his parents and grandparents. Having lost everything in Lithuania during World War II, they moved to Chicago, learned English, and reinvented themselves. Ed’s work ethic can also be attributed to life lessons learned working as a stock boy at a local grocery store during his teens. He obtained a civil engineering degree from Bradley University and went on to become a successful senior real estate executive with three high-profile development/management companies (as Assistant Vice President at Homart Development Co., Senior Development Director at General Growth Properties, and Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle). Ed’s extensive expertise in commercial real estate included developing and leasing office, retail, industrial, and residential space. He was a hands-on professional involved with strategic planning, evaluating properties for potential acquisition, coordinating new development, and refinancing and redeveloping existing properties. He played a key role standing up Homart’s regional Atlanta office, which established a Southeast presence for office and retail development. The tenant buildout became the showcase and leasing office from which evolved the 300,000 square-foot, 15-story, Class A Securities Centre along Piedmont Road in Atlanta. As part of this, Ed instituted a design review process to review the architectural uniformity and development standards for new projects. He was most proud of his role developing 13 regional malls throughout the country comprising approximately 16 million square feet, more than 800,000 square feet of office buildings, and a 270,000 square-foot lifestyle center. North Point Mall was among these, for which he and colleagues received Homart’s Chairman’s Award for Excellence. Throughout his career, Ed collaborated with architects, planners, engineers, brokers, attorneys, cities, counties, and government staff. No two days were the same, which suited him “to a T.” Ed’s hard work, vision, and perseverance were ever present in his personal life as well. He tackled remodeling projects with vigor, enjoyed cooking and woodworking, and pursued golf with a passion. He always had a smile on his face, a joke to share, and an opinion about everything. And he enjoyed mentoring those interested in purchasing and renovating single-family homes for rental and resale, which he did for many years.
Ed is survived by Patti, his wife of 41 years; brothers Roman, Virgil, and Benny; nieces Laura and Kristen; and nephews Scott, Justin, and Jason.
A memorial service will take place on January 7 at 11:00 in Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s Wilson Chapel, 3434 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30305. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – Research, Patient Support, Resources), Hospice Atlanta (https://vnhs.org), or Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute (Home) in Ed’s memory. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., killing more people than breast cancer. Knowledge of and advocacy for screening is vital. The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy #202, Duluth, GA 30096 (678) 584-0914. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort the family during this time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Windell P Cochran says
We would like to extend our condolences to Patti and all of Ed’s family. Ed was a kind and caring neighbor for over 20 years. Ed and Patti enjoyed long walks through the neighborhood and always took the time to stop and exchange a joke, a thought and kind words. They were genuinely interested and caring for the lives of others. A visit from Ed always left you feeling good about yourself and others. Ed will be sorely missed and will not be easily forgotten.
Our sincerest condolences.
Joe Mosteller & Windell Cochran
Dave & Sue Weigel says
Ed and I were friends and co-workers at Jones Lang LaSalle where we collaborated together on some very large retail and mixed use commercial real estate development projects in S. California. We stayed in touch periodically since then. When I learned of Ed’s diagnosis 14 months ago, Patti kindly continued to kept in touch with us frequently on Ed’s behalf while he was undergoing treatment and was often too sick or fatigued to do so himself. Coincidentally, I learned from Patti shortly thereafter that she and Ed had been members at Peachtree Presbyterian for many years. My wife Sue and I are also Presbyterians at our beloved St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church near our home in S. Cal. Our former Pastor (Rich) at St. Andrew’s actually transferred to Peachtree about that same time and he too is an avid golfer like Ed. In Ed’s typical humorous style, while undergoing chemo, Ed once commented to me about the coincidence of our mutual love of Pastor Rich’s sermons, that Ed had not yet received his “Tee Time” in Heaven but when he did, he said he’s looking forward to finally having that elusive Perfect Game with 18 holes in one. From then on, we were truly blessed to be able to share our faith in God and the Good News of our Lord and Savior with Ed and Patti on a much higher level. We know, unequivocally, that Ed is in Heaven with our Lord now watching over us in peace and we pray that Patti and the rest of their family are comforted with that knowledge and by knowing that we will all be together again one day when we too get to Paradise. We love you both, Ed and Patti, and we look forward to staying in touch and continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you both. Dave and Sue Weigel
Glenna McKenzie says
My sincere condolences to Patti and family. May the Lord give you peace and comfort at this sad time.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you and family. Ed is in a better place – May his soul R.I.P
Glenna and Willie
Elizabeth Fisher says
My sincerest condolences to you Patti and your family. I so much enjoyed working with Ed at Homart Development and General Growth. Ed’s smiles and great personality were always admired. He brought so much joy and laughter to all around him. I enjoyed running the Peachtree Road races and getting together as a great group on many occasions during our tenure with work. I pray for ease and peace during this challenging time Patti and may the great memories of your life with Ed bring solitude for you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and I look forward to his celebration of life on January 7th. Love, Beth
John Dzak says
On behalf of Ed’s old, Lockport Township High School classmates, I send my deepest of condolences to Patti, and Ed’s entire family, on his passing. I was just one of the many friends that Ed had in high school. We were on the wrestling and football teams together. Ed was always quiet, and slightly shy, but was the most loyal friend a person could have! I know that I don’t have a choice about Ed not being with us any more, but I can’t help wanting to keep hold on to our friendship, and never let go! So, to Patti and the entire family, I say. Ed was a “treasure”… and will always be thought of as a special gift to us! A valued friend, who’s smile will be in our hearts, forever! Go with God, my friend. No one was a better friend to all.
Your old Lockport High School Classmates, John Dzak
Lockport Township High School, Lockport, Illinois.
Sandra Hundley says
I am deeply sorry about his passing God will be with you Patti and family. Trust that he is in a much better place and you can see him once again upon your passing .He will be greatly missed.
Maria Rivera-Trudeau says
So sorry to learn about Ed’s passing. Trust that he is in a better place. Blessed wishes for the stregth to deal with your loss.