Edward Fidler, 56 of Phoenicia died Saturday January 1, 2022 at his residence. He was born September 8, 1965 in Brooklyn son of the late Dimitri and Faiga Centner Fidler. He was very proud of his heritage, and the fact that his Mom was an opera singer in Moscow, and his Dad an accomplished musician, and owner of several successful businesses. Edward had served as a US Army Special Forces Green Beret. He was called to duty worldwide, including a Grenada POW release and the DEA Strike Force. He had formerly made his home in Brooklyn, and had been with the NYPD prior to his current position as an investigator for the Criminal Investigations Division of NYS. He was an avid NY Giants and NY Mets fan. Eddie had a great appreciation of nature, and enjoyed being outdoors to work on landscaping his property or working on his tractor. He was proud to have his new John Deere tractor and he loved buying accessories for it and taking care of his property. His home is beautifully nestled in the Catskill Mountains along the Stony Clove Creek. He enjoyed both going out to eat, as well as honing his culinary skill at home, creating meals in his own kitchen, and relaxing with a snifter of Woodford and his English bulldog "Smoochie". He had an interest in steam locomotives, and the rich history of the railroad in this area. He was always learning, and keeping up with new technology. Eddie thrived on action adventure, whether it was a movie selection, or a vacation outing. He did stand-up comedy for a a short time and loved to make people laugh. His sense of humor was remarkable and he could make people laugh and enjoyed making people laugh all the time. His smile was as big as his heart and he always tried to find happiness and tried his best to keep going even though he saw a lot of tough things in his life which he struggled with from being in the Army Green Beret Special Forces and a Criminal Investigator for New York State. Most of all, he loved his family and his home. He was a selfless man who always put others before himself, and making sure his family was safe was his top priority. His favorite song was bridge over troubled water by Simon and Garfunkel. He was a fan of Johnny Cash because Johnny always cared about the poor and troubled man. He also had a great love and respect for the American Indian culture due to their spirituality, beauty, and the way they connected to the land and nature. Eddie's nickname was "Teddybear" and he was known to be as tough as nails on the outside but was always very soft and loving on the inside. He was dedicated to always protecting his family and being by their side, rushing home from work to see his wife Lori and beloved dog Smoochie.
His memory will be cherished by his wife Lori Moretz-Fidler, daughter: Christina Fidler, who he adored and loved and who is the light of his life. He was incredibly proud of how beautiful and extremely intelligent she was. His sister: Malvina (Leon) Shapiro, brother: Ray Michel, nieces: Erica and Chana, nephews: David, Daniel, Joseph, and Elli. He adored his friends Dean, Mike, and Charlie. He also had a special bond with his boss Carlton, which he treasured.
Friends will be received on Sunday January 9, 2022 from 12 noon to 3pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. A Spring interment at the Ulster County Veteran's Cemetery with military honors will be announced. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Edward's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com
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