By Marc Molzon
The club lost a great man on August 7th when Thomas Edward Amos was called home. The world was a better place the past 81 years while he was here: he served his country, community and neighborhood, saved lives, raised his family and enjoyed his Porsche passion.
Married for 58 memorable years to Fran, they raised their two children: Stephanie (John) Collins and SEMPCA past president Jeffrey Amos. His family spans his 2 grandchildren, Cheyenne and Harley; his brother Tim (Doris) Amos; step-sisters Jeannine Shearer and Joann (the late Don) Beedle and his late step-brother Jack (the late Jo) McCaffrey.
Ed was a veteran of the US Navy, nobly serving his country in Korea. He retired from the Pontiac Fire Dept. as Chief in 1989 after 31 years of committed service. Ed was highly involved in the community: involved in guest relations for 10 years at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, and a member of the Masonic Shriners, Elks, VFW, American Legion, Oakland County Sportsman’s Club, Japanese Pontiac Sisters City Club and Southeast Michigan Porsche Club where he was a member since 2000.
Ed was a familiar sight at Porsche events. He was usually out at the track and volunteered at our Club Race each year – the cars and the camaraderie fueled his Porsche enthusiasm. He always had a big smile for everyone, a lively story and a great laugh. He really enjoyed all sorts of club events – from track events to tours, parties and the Porsche Parade. I think most of our members remember the colorful story chronicled in the August, 2013 P4 about the flat tire on Ed and Fran’s road trip to the Porsche Parade in Traverse City last summer. If you ever met Ed, I’m sure your life was much richer for the experience. He will be missed by many, including every one of us.