Cecil Edward Combs, “Ed”, was born in Virginia on Sept.17, 1946 to Junior Calup Combs and Janet Florence Scarbrough.Onion Creek lost an icon on Jan. 17, 2013.Ed was a man of many talents and trades. One of his first jobs was at McClendon’s Hardware in Seattle. He also worked on oil rigs in Kimble, Nebraska, and as an electrical engineer in Mexico and at the Boeing plant in Seattle. Over the years, he also worked as a millwright in a large factory, and as a wood cutter, a carpenter, a mechanic, a metals recycler/scrapper and as a gold prospector. Engineer, inventor and dreamer, Eddie was never without a project.Eddie was forever the entertainer. He was an accomplished musician who played bass and guitar with several bands, including local band, “Blind Eddie and the Sightseers,” and Seattle band, “Side Street.” Ed was known for his positive outlook, his sense of humor, his generous spirit and his ready smile. He was a willing hard worker who could be counted on to lend a hand. His door was always open and Ed hosted countless impromptu gatherings. He shared a wealth of stories and jokes, delighting his guests with his guitar picking skills and an occasional ballad or two.Family survivors include his daughter, Mackenzie Combs, Federal Way; his mother, and brothers, Dennis, Steve, Dave, Dan and Bob. Ed’s surviving friends are far too many to list. Eddie lived in Onion Creek for well over 20 years. Many of those years he walked to the store for his morning cup of coffee. He’d chat with the locals, offering compliments and a dash of humor to everyone he met. If the measure of a man can be seen in the number of his friends, Ed was a very rich man indeed. Eddie was well loved and will truly be missed. A memorial gathering honoring Ed Combs will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Fire District No. 11 station, located at 2555 Onion Creek Road. Guests are encouraged to share their light-hearted memories of Ed, and musicians are encouraged to bring their acoustical instruments. To make a donation toward cremation expenses, please contact Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville or the Onion Creek General Store.