Edward “Ed” Kustan

Birth: July 11, 1945 in Calgary, Alberta

Death: April 13, 1021 in Victoria, B.C.

Burial: Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Sands Funeral Home in Victoria has the following obituary:

Ed’s short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer saw him approach his illness as he approached everything in life: with his eyes wide open and his mind whirring. He researched his treatment options, trying to understand all the facts and possibilities. Rather than passively accept what he was being told, he played an active role in making the decisions surrounding his treatment. He remained, until the end, the captain of his ship—his eyes trained positively on the horizon, his hand firmly on the tiller.

Ed’s career was long and varied. His keen eye for detail and his broad international experience made him an invaluable asset in the mining and energy industries, especially in safety, environmental, and regulatory domains. His work saw him take extended assignments in Albania, Indonesia, and Chile, and he took every opportunity to immerse himself in the local culture. His work in Asia in particular affected him deeply. He carried the memories of these places with him for as long as he lived.

Over the last decade of his life, he traveled extensively with his wife [edited for privacy]. Rather than walking the beaten path, the two of them sought adventures in far-flung corners of the globe. He remained always curious, always open to new experiences and new ways of seeing the world and its people. This made him an ideal traveling companion.

He is mourned by his wife of 16 years. The two of them were nearly inseparable, and the love between them was palpable. They never seemed to tire of each other, and they would no sooner arrive home than they would start planning their next adventure. Ed planned to see the world together. Rather than cursing the illness that cut these plans short, Ed and [edited for privacy] spent their last few months together reflecting on and cherishing the memories they had made together on the world’s stage.

He is remembered fondly by his beloved grandchildren, who always looked forward to their visits with “Zaydah”. Ed instilled his love of swimming in both of the children, and he had hoped to introduce them to his other loves: football, reading (particularly historical fiction), fishing, and his late-in-life passion, hummingbirds. He is remembered by his two stepchildren and their wives, who remember, above all, how happy Ed made Leyla while they were together. Ed is fondly remembered as well by his extended family and clans in Norway

פּ״נ (Here lies)
Edward Kustan
Devoted son of
Solomon and Annie (Kaplan) Kustan,
Adoring husband to Leyla
Beloved Zaydah to Ainsley and Grayson
Loyal friend to many
Unyielding and Unforgettable
ת נ צ ב ה
abbreviation for Biblical quote: “May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.”

Family Members:

  • Parents
    • Solomon Kustan (1903–1994)
    • Annie Kaplan Kustan (1916–2004)
  • Spouse
    • Leyla Szabo-Kustan
  • Siblings
    • Maurice Louis Kustan (1943–2010)
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