Edward Pompeian

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, November 26, 1951
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Age:
67 years old

Visitation

Date: Wednesday July 10, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Thursday July 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Thursday July 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, November 26, 1951
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Age:
67 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Monday, November 26, 1951
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Age:
67 years old

Edward Pompeian

Edward Paul “Ed” Pompeian, 67, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, July 6th at St. Marys Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Ed was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he spent his earliest happy childhood years with his parents Edward and Helen, his sister Sharon, and their extended family in Pontiac’s vibrant Armenian immigrant community. In 1964, a misdiagnosed illness brought him to the Mayo Clinic where he received a life-saving kidney transplant in 1973. His mother gave him life twice, she was his organ donor. Rochester became their home for the next forty-six years. Supported by his family and new friends, he began a successful business and real estate career and established the commercial brokerage firm of Realty Growth Incorporated.

From his own experience of sickness and healing, Ed understood the financial and emotional strain that transplantation places on organ recipients and donors; their families and caregivers. He dreamed of creating a home away from home for other transplant patients to help relieve some of the stress and turmoil he had experienced first-hand. He made that compassionate vision a reality in 1984 by founding the Gift of Life Transplant House. He dedicated himself to serving on the board of the House and served as treasurer and board member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses. In recognition of his life-long community service and philanthropic work, Ed received numerous honors including the National Association of Realtors’ Good Neighbor Award in 2014. In 2016, the house at 705 2nd Street SW was named, the Edward and Jayne Pompeian Home.

Throughout his life, Ed blessed many friends and countless transplant patients with his kindness and fun-loving good humor. He was an unceasing advocate of the Mayo Clinic and his love for Mayo moved him to assist friends and family to find the best medical care available. While visiting one hospitalized transplant friend in 1979, he met the love of his life, a nurse named Jayne, whom he wed in 1980. Ed and Jayne were married for almost thirty-nine years and raised four wonderful children.

Ed shared the gift of his life with his family and many friends and they gave him great hope and joy in return. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife, Jayne; his children, Edward (Lizzie Anderson), Aaron (Helen), Nick (Rochelle), and Adrienne; three grandchildren, Henry, Nazarian, and Leo; his sister, Sharon Maraian; nephew, Paul (Arous) Maraian; and his great-niece, Araxi.

Despite the many challenges he faced, Ed was a man of great faith, fortitude, and character. He reminded us he lived a blessed life because of God, his family, and the Mayo Clinic. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gift of Life Transplant House or Ascension Lutheran Church in Rochester. Ed is the proud author of, The Gift of Life: The Story of Edward Pompeian and the Founding of the Gift of Life Transplant House. Copies are available for purchase on Amazon or directly from the Gift of Life Transplant House and all proceeds are donated to the organization.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Kom officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday in the River Park Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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The family of Edward Pompeian has received the following condolences.

Hello Nick,

I am deeply saddened like the rest of the community in Rochester that have interacted with Ed and has been touched by his generosity and wisdom. I cannot dare to imagine the grief that your family is facing with the loss. I hope you could take solace in the memories and impressions he left on us, and his work and contribution to the community with institutions like Gift of Life that will live on. I salute the great soul.

 

Sincerely,

 

Karunya

Thank you Pompain family for letting me have the honor of volunteering for Gift of Life for the past few years.  Without Ed I would not have experienced the joy of helping others in their quest for a better life.  May the angels bless this family in their time of sorrow.  Thank you Pompain family for letting others be aware of this great man.  It is truly a loss for Rochester. Hear all of our prayers O Lord.  Amen

Dear Jayne and Family:


I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Ed was a great man with a vision to always help others anyway he could. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.


Anthony Rand,


Weis Builders 

Jayne, Edward, Aaron, Nick, Adrienne and Sharon 


My heart goes out to you. My prayers are with you. I am deeply saddened at Ed’s passing. 

Dear Jayne and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ed, he was a great friend to all he meet. It has been my honor to have meet your family. I know you have great memories and that will keep Ed in your lives always. God's blessing to you all. As Ed called me at the HVC Betsy. Love to you all.

Dear Pompeian family,


I would like to share my sincere condolences with your family after hearing of Ed's passing.  


I worked as a desk attendant at Mayo Clinic (1972-1976) at West 17B and also in the dialysis unit in the Plummer Building.  It was during this time, I met Ed and found him to be a kind and caring individual who also had a wonderful sense of humor.  He was a great man who leaves a legacy of compassion!   


Please know that your family will be lifted up in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  


Diane and Gregg Hawkins


Grinnell, Iowa


 


 


 


 


 

We send our condolences to all the Pompeian family during this difficult time. Jayne and Ed were good neighbors to us during our time in Rochester. Please know that you will be in our prayers.


Caroline & Brian Brost

We are so shocked and sorry about Ed’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know we are praying for  your family to have strength and peace surrounded by Gods comfort. Ed was truly a Christian exhibiting loving and caring for challenging health problems of his fellowman. With love and support, Tammy and Don Lawhead

We were so blessed to know Ed for the last few years in Florida and consider him and Jane a close friend. He will be missed very much! Love Joan and Jeff

Dear Jane and family-


We are so sad to hear the passing of Ed.  We are with you in thoughts and prayers and will sing a song in our hearts for comfort amidst the pain.


 


love


Mark and Shelly 

Jayne, I am so sorry for your loss and have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hold onto the good memories which you will carry and hold forever. He accomplished so much in his short life and touched so many people's lives as only someone can who has gone through the same trials himself.


A fellow nursing classmate,


Tammy

Pompeian Family,


I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing! I'm sure everyone here at Park Place joins me in heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Ed was a joy every time he came in to service his vehicle and he will be missed dearly. He is in God's hands now so know that he is at peace. I hope you all will find your peace as well. Take care.

Jayne and family, 


We are very saddened to hear about Ed’s passing. He was such a wonderful, generous, and special man and we are honored to have known him. We love you and your family, and are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Keith and Irene 

Sorry for your loss Pompeian Family, Ed was a great Man. Prayers from our family to yours during this difficult time. 


 


Drew

A Great, Selfless, Wonderfully Kind Man gone to soon. Thank you Ed for All you have done to help so very many in their critical time of need. You will be missed by so many!! Our Prayers for comfort are with your Beautiful Wife Jayne and your Family ???

Getting to know Ed and Jayne is a highlight of my 20 years at Mayo.  It was my honor to be able to help Ed realize and advance his dream of the Gift of Life house in the early years. So many countless people positively impacted from Ed and Jayne's selfless passion to help those turning to mayo for their life saving transplant. So sorry to hear he died unexpectedly and far too young. Miss you Ed...thinking of you and your family Jayne as you say good bye to an amazing man. 


 

A truly amazing individual who was a wonderful husband, father and friends. Ed did so much for his community though the Gift of Lift Transplant House and other endeavors. We will all miss you Ed...

Dear Jayne and family,


I am very saddened to hear of Ed's passing.  He was so generous, caring, smart and funny.  Not to mention the life obstacles that he took with a grain of salt. I was glad to know him and learned much more about him through my Dad's stories.  He was loved, respected and will be missed and remembered by many.  I am truly sorry for your loss.


With deepest sympathy,


Kevin Rookey

Dear Jayne and family,


My sincere condolences on behalf of Salpi and me on Ed's passing. The words "exceptional" and "amazing" are often over used to describe people; however in Ed's case, they are right on. He was, and continues to be an inspiration to many. May God rest his soul and provide you with comfort during this very difficult time.

Dear Jane and family,


What a beautiful tribute to Edward! He was an exemplary person- kind, fun loving, hardworking, and loyal.


I am very sorry for your loss. 


With much love,


Aleen and Micah Jendian

Dear Jane and family,


What a beautiful tribute to Edward! He was an exemplary person- kind, fun loving, hardworking, and loyal.


I am very sorry for your loss. 


With much love,


Aleen and Micah Jendian

Jayne, Edward, Lizzie, Aaron, Helen, Nick, Rochelle and AJ,


What terrible, sad news.  Ed was such a wonderful person.  We loved him much and will miss him greatly.  We are happy to have had him (and you all) as friends these past few years.  You have our condolences and prayers.  His was a life extremely well lived -- just too short.


Love


Jane and Paul

Mrs. Pompeian and Family,


I didn't know Edward personally--only through your son, Edward Paul, who has been the dearest of friends since I met him at William & Mary. Ed has helped me through numerous difficult times in my life, and, I see after reading *The Gift of Life* (a truly remarkable story!), that he is much like his father, one of the trees from which these fruits of loyalty, tenacity, and selflessness (to name few) fell.


Sincerely,


Chase (and Rachel) Wallace

Jane and family,  What a "GREAT PERSON" ..I have known Edward for so many years.  I have seen and have had interactions with Ed for over 40 yrs.  I have been BLESSED in many ways to have had him in I life.  Thank You Edward for being a part of my life.