Lieut Edward Anthony “Big Ed” Vidulich

Birth
Hell's Kitchen, New York County, New York, USA
Death
27 Jan 2008 (aged 51)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Southold, Suffolk County, New York, USA Add to Map
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Father: Joseph "Joe" Vidulich
Mother: Julia Vidulich

Grandmother: Maria Mesich

Brother: Joseph (Cindy) Vidulich

Wife: Michelle
Wife: Gayle

Daughter: Courtney Vidulich
Grandson: Christopher "Duke" Moore

Ed was married to Michelle, and they had one beautiful child together, Courtney. Ed and Michelle only had one precious grandson, Christopher.
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Ed was born in New York and grew up in Manhattan Hell's Kitchen area, a rough part of New York. He came to the South to attend The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, located in Oxford Mississippi.

From there, he entered into the police academy, in Memphis, TN. He wanted to become an officer and in 1979, he did. For almost 29 years he worked as an officer and detective in Shelby County, Memphis, TN.

He rose in rank from uniformed patrol. In 1989, he was promoted to sergeant, then to lieutenant in 1998. In 2005 his latest and current assignment was supervisor of the harbor patrol.

Memphians were very familiar with Ed, in the fall of 2006, during his patrol the news media recorded his efforts to save a giant manatee that had swum up the Mississippi River and into the Wolf River Harbor. Despite his efforts this poor mammal did not make it.

A few years after his divorced from Michelle, Ed started dating my sister, Cindy. They dated and became engaged. They never could find the right time that was a good date for both of them. They lived together seven years. Although, Cindy and Ed's realtionship also ended, Cindy and Courtney have remained very close. Courtney's mom, Michelle and Cindy are still friends to this day.

Ed's daughter Courtney was and is a beautiful caring young woman. I watched her grow from a shy little girl into a confident young woman.

Ed loved his daughter very much. He just became a grandfather, a few months ago and doted on his little grandson, whom he called Duke. He looked forward to watching Duke grow up into manhood.

Most people describe Ed as a gentle giant, a big man with a big heart. A loyal and special friend.
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Cause of death: Murdered

Someone came in or was waiting on Ed at his house. He was murdered, shot in the head. This would not be easy for anyone to surprise or to get the upper hand on Ed. He was 6'8" tall, weighted 350 lbs and was NO coward.

On January 31, Ed left Memphis and took his last flight back home to New York.

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Update:

As Ed's family and friends were attending his visitation in New Jersey, the Memphis Police Department made an arrest...

Dexter Cox, an 18-year-old has been arrested and charged in the homicide of Lt. Ed Vidulich.

Not only is he charged with the murder of Lt. Vidulich, Cox may also be facing charges in two additional murders, a Mr. Herbert Wooten and Ms. Gwendolyn Cherry. Both of these murders were committed in October of 2007.

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Thank you to the public for their generous contributions to help find Big Ed's murderer/s.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of police Lt. Ed Vidulich has grown to $31,150. The Memphis City Council will pay the $5,000 upon conviction.
If you know something, even the slightly information, may help, please call crime stoppers in Memphis, TN @ 901-528-CASH or 901-528-2274. HELP PUT THIS ANIMAL/S BEHIND BARS!!

IT ONLY TAKES ONE CALL TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

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Thank you so much Paul for sponsoring Ed's memorial. You have touched my heart deeply. I know Ed's family and friends will also be touched by your kindness.

Angels walk among us, here on Earth. You can always tell one, by the kind deeds they do for others.. I know you must be one!

Much love and many blessings to you and yours now and always.

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Please leave tokens and flowers for Ed. I know his daughter, Courtney, and she would appreciate it very much. Thanking you in advance for your kindness.

Father: Joseph "Joe" Vidulich
Mother: Julia Vidulich

Grandmother: Maria Mesich

Brother: Joseph (Cindy) Vidulich

Wife: Michelle
Wife: Gayle

Daughter: Courtney Vidulich
Grandson: Christopher "Duke" Moore

Ed was married to Michelle, and they had one beautiful child together, Courtney. Ed and Michelle only had one precious grandson, Christopher.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ed was born in New York and grew up in Manhattan Hell's Kitchen area, a rough part of New York. He came to the South to attend The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, located in Oxford Mississippi.

From there, he entered into the police academy, in Memphis, TN. He wanted to become an officer and in 1979, he did. For almost 29 years he worked as an officer and detective in Shelby County, Memphis, TN.

He rose in rank from uniformed patrol. In 1989, he was promoted to sergeant, then to lieutenant in 1998. In 2005 his latest and current assignment was supervisor of the harbor patrol.

Memphians were very familiar with Ed, in the fall of 2006, during his patrol the news media recorded his efforts to save a giant manatee that had swum up the Mississippi River and into the Wolf River Harbor. Despite his efforts this poor mammal did not make it.

A few years after his divorced from Michelle, Ed started dating my sister, Cindy. They dated and became engaged. They never could find the right time that was a good date for both of them. They lived together seven years. Although, Cindy and Ed's realtionship also ended, Cindy and Courtney have remained very close. Courtney's mom, Michelle and Cindy are still friends to this day.

Ed's daughter Courtney was and is a beautiful caring young woman. I watched her grow from a shy little girl into a confident young woman.

Ed loved his daughter very much. He just became a grandfather, a few months ago and doted on his little grandson, whom he called Duke. He looked forward to watching Duke grow up into manhood.

Most people describe Ed as a gentle giant, a big man with a big heart. A loyal and special friend.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Cause of death: Murdered

Someone came in or was waiting on Ed at his house. He was murdered, shot in the head. This would not be easy for anyone to surprise or to get the upper hand on Ed. He was 6'8" tall, weighted 350 lbs and was NO coward.

On January 31, Ed left Memphis and took his last flight back home to New York.

*****************************************
Update:

As Ed's family and friends were attending his visitation in New Jersey, the Memphis Police Department made an arrest...

Dexter Cox, an 18-year-old has been arrested and charged in the homicide of Lt. Ed Vidulich.

Not only is he charged with the murder of Lt. Vidulich, Cox may also be facing charges in two additional murders, a Mr. Herbert Wooten and Ms. Gwendolyn Cherry. Both of these murders were committed in October of 2007.

*****************************************


Thank you to the public for their generous contributions to help find Big Ed's murderer/s.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of police Lt. Ed Vidulich has grown to $31,150. The Memphis City Council will pay the $5,000 upon conviction.
If you know something, even the slightly information, may help, please call crime stoppers in Memphis, TN @ 901-528-CASH or 901-528-2274. HELP PUT THIS ANIMAL/S BEHIND BARS!!

IT ONLY TAKES ONE CALL TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you so much Paul for sponsoring Ed's memorial. You have touched my heart deeply. I know Ed's family and friends will also be touched by your kindness.

Angels walk among us, here on Earth. You can always tell one, by the kind deeds they do for others.. I know you must be one!

Much love and many blessings to you and yours now and always.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please leave tokens and flowers for Ed. I know his daughter, Courtney, and she would appreciate it very much. Thanking you in advance for your kindness.