Edgar William Wootton: October 30, 1941 – April 24, 2024

Edgar William Wootton was born in a small cottage in the town of Derby, England on October 30, 1941. He was the fourth of seven children born to Edgar Sydney and Constance Gertrude (Marshall) Wootton.

After high school, Ed, his mother, and brothers would set sail to meet their father in Jamaica. Ed found a job assisting a famous artist, he enjoyed the work, unique culture, and island life until the family moved to the U.S. a couple of years later.

In 1962, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Airforce as an airplane mechanic, where he was stationed in France. With his stint in the military behind him, Ed used his GI bill to receive a degree from CSU Long Beach. His family experience in hospitality and his way with people helped Ed hone his skills as a Housing and Hospitality Manager at UCLA, preparing him for bigger and better things.

With his Great Dane Charlie by his side, Ed would cruise the California coast with the top down in his Jaguar Roadster. Ed’s dream of owning a restaurant came in Thousand Oaks, California, where Pelican’s Wharf was a premier dinning spot for locals. Little did Ed know then, but a chance encounter one evening at the restaurant would be the first time his future wife, Colleen, would lay eyes on the Brit.

Although his good looks quickly enamored the blonde California native, it would be a while longer before Ed and Colleen started dating. They were married a few years later, in December 1989, at their dream home in Thousand Oaks with his two bonus children, Heather and Trevor, and Irish Wolfhound Clancy by their side.

Ed would go on to own a successful Real Estate Appraisal Company for decades to come. In his spare time, Ed pursued his love of exotic cars, attending countless car shows with Colleen or taking one of his own treasures for a spin on the open road.

In 1998 a new adventure would bring Ed and Colleen north to Whidbey Island, WA. Here Ed would thrive in his new community as a friendly and knowledgeable appraiser, making close friends with members of the Whidbey Island Car Club, and eventually helping form The Ropa Dopas, at Solid Stone Boxing, a boxing group for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ed’s personal commitment to fighting Parkinson’s and pro-active approach to good health allowed him to enjoy numerous summers with friends and family and become a positive role model/mentor to many. His empathy for animals and humans alike shone through for all to see.

Edgar is survived by his beloved wife Colleen (Wootton), his bonus children Heather and Trevor, and four granddaughters Laiken, Quinn, Akaiya, and Layli.

He will be missed.