Edward Salas San Nicolas
April 11, 1960 ‒ June 29, 2016
Edward Salas San Nicolas, 56, of Marion, Ohio, formerly from the island of Guam, died peacefully Wednesday evening, June 29th, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital of Columbus following an extensive illness.
Eddie was born April 11th, 1960 in Mongmong, Guam to the late Victor Mendiola and Rosa Salas San Nicolas. He was one of 12 children raised in a typical Chamorro family that emphasized respect and responsibility, values that he would carry with him throughout his life. Raised in the Catholic faith he remained faithful to his spiritual and cultural values throughout his life.
Following his graduation from George Washington High School on Guam and following the death of his father he came to the mainland United States and began a career associated with the food and hospitality industry. He had experience at several military installations as assistant manager of the NCO clubs. He later became the main cook at a Chinese restaurant. The years of experience at a variety of restaurants and the lessons learned from an island family resulted in Ed becoming “Mr. BBQ”. He was an excellent cook, enjoying his hours in the kitchen creating something unique, most often cooking meals he had learned from his Chamorro culture. He specialized in several dishes, notably pancit, kadu (soup), red rice, baked chicken and keleguan. Of course he was best known for his BBQ.
After his return to Guam he was introduced to a professor from the University of Maryland who was on assignment to Guam, Aleta Geib. From that day of introduction they would be together and were married on May 11, 2007. He moved with Aleta in 2010 when she returned to her hometown of Marion, Ohio to assist in the care of her parents.
Eddie had a love of the outdoors, and became known for his green thumb. He had an extensive vegetable garden, producing incredibly fresh organic produce using tricks he learned from Guam. Aside from his BBQ nickname he became known in the neighborhood as “Mr. Produce”, sharing his harvest with everyone around him. (Watch out for the hot peppers, though). Even with declining health he tended to his garden, always displaying concern for his neighbors with gifts of food and veggies!
Predeceased by his parents, Victor and Rosa San Nicolas, and his siblings, Marian San Nicolas and Phillip (Bill) San Nicolas, he leaves his beloved wife Aleta Geib San Nicolas and nine brothers and sisters: Donatilla (Laling) SN and John Olkerill, Bernadita (Bernie) SN and Greg Schech, Patricia (Pat) SN and Dionisio (Donis) Camacho, Sylvia S. San Nicolas, Victor (Vic) S. and Maria (Kit) San Nicolas, Irene SN and Ed Lind, Joseph (Joe) and Rena San Nicolas, Thelma SN Arriola, James and Alicia San Nicolas, and sister-in-law Arlene M. San Nicolas.
Ed will be remembered as a patient, kind, and generous man with a great heart, who brought calmness and humor to those around him. The family will continue to remember him with this phrase…. “Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we’ve touched”.
Services honoring Edward’s life will be observed privately by his family and close friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation <kidney.org>.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home of Marion, Ohio, are honored to have been chosen to serve Ed’s family. Condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.