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Edward Tanner Wiese

Edward Tanner Wiese

October 14, 1948 - January 25, 2020     Age: 71

Edward Tanner Wiese, age 71, of Amelia Island, FL, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida Warner Center for Caring.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Ed was born October 14, 1948, at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois, the son of the late Edward and Neita Wiese. His father’s military and government career took the family to destinations coast to coast and overseas.  Ed graduated from Balboa High School in what was then the Panama Canal Zone, where he played football and baseball, including on a team that traveled to the Little League Baseball World Series in Hershey, PA.

At Texas A&M University he majored in economics and journalism and then went on to earn a masters degree in international management in 1975 at the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.  In 1976, Ed joined Continental Grain Co., beginning a forty-year career as an international grain trader.

In 1988, he joined U.S. Wheat Associates as Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and moved to Abidjan, Ivory Coast to open the Sub-Saharan Africa office.  In 1992, he moved the U.S. Wheat Associates office to Cape Town, South Africa, following the end of apartheid. Under Ed’s leadership as Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Wheat Associates helped develop Nigeria into one of the biggest importers of U.S. wheat in the world. 

Ed had a keen sense of adventure and travel. He loved Africa and acquired many friends there during his working life, especially in Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa.  Among his favorite memories of Africa was taking his daughter Sarah, son David, and nephew Nicholas, all teenagers at the time, on safari.  He and his wife Pam traveled to Europe every year, spending time in some of their favorite cities, including London, Windsor, Geneva, and Monaco, and in Cascais, Lisbon and Lagos in their beloved Portugal. 

Ed loved watching Manchester United soccer; listening to “oldies but goodies” music; and listening to and telling jokes. He was always happy when he could gather family and friends together to enjoy meals featuring the Latin American food he grew up with, especially ceviche.  

In 2019, after retiring from U.S. Wheat Associates, Ed and Pam moved to Amelia Island. During their annual trips to the United States, they often visited Ed’s sister Mary and her family at Amelia and decided it would be a great place to live. In addition to being near family, they said the beaches at Amelia Island reminded them of the beaches in Mozambique, one of Ed and Pam’s favorite places to vacation and where Pam and her British parents lived for many years.

Ed leaves behind his wife Pamela Ann Leckie-Wiese; his daughter Sarah Wiese of Leesburg, VA; his son David Wiese of Falls Church, VA; his sister Mary Axetell and husband Ken of Amelia Island, FL; his brother James Wiese and wife Jacqueline of Panama City, Panama; his brother Kurt and wife Jacqueline of Panama City, Panama; his sister Neita Wiese of Mount Pleasant, SC; his nephew Michael and family (Ktimene, Bayard and Percy); niece Krista and family (Peter, Stella, Sienna, and Savannah); nephew Kyle and family (Andrea and Joey); nephews Nicholas and Christoper; and nieces Dominique and Mila. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida Warner Center for Caring, 1348 South 18th Street, Baptist Medical Center, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. 

A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life gathering for Ed will be held at a later date. 

10 Condolences

  • Marci Portal Posted February 12, 2020 11:05 pm

    Sarah and David, sending love to you both at this most difficult of times!

  • Michelle Camplin Posted February 16, 2020 4:42 am

    I Michelle Camplin Australian cousin of Edward Tanner Wiese send my condolences to his wife and family.
    Rest in Peace Eddie.

  • Cindy rumold Posted February 16, 2020 12:39 pm

    So very sorry. God’s Grace and Blessings always.

  • Nancy Baldwin Reid Posted February 16, 2020 1:21 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire Wiese family. Hugs.

  • Jane Norton Posted February 16, 2020 1:55 pm

    Condolences from your 3rd cousins in England . Our great grandmothers were sisters here in a Bristol. So sorry that we never met,. Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time . Jane Norton and family xxx

  • Bryant Chevalier Posted February 16, 2020 9:58 pm

    Bryant Chevalier and family send our condolences to the entire Wiese family. May you Rest In Peace Ed.

  • Jacqueline wiese Posted February 17, 2020 10:34 am

    Siempre te llevaremos en nuestros corazones
    tu hermano Jim ,Jackie & Mila

  • Jim Clary Posted February 17, 2020 5:58 pm

    Ed and I had a lot of good and memorable times together at Texas A&M, driving from Texas to Panama in VW van after graduation, exploring and carousing in Panama, and getting together occasionally in the early ‘80’s when he was in Arizona and we were in New Mexico. I’ve always considered Ed my best friend even though thousands of miles and years separated us. I miss him even more now.

  • Gudrun and Rolf Posted February 21, 2020 4:46 pm

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to all the Loved ones Especially to his wife.
    With Deepest Sorrow

  • Mary Byron Posted March 1, 2020 11:52 am

    Dear Sarah, David and the entire Wiese Family,
    We are sadden by the news of Ed’s passing. Pat and I, formerly of Cape Town, wish you all the best during this difficult time and know good memories will soon highlight your days to come.
    I have fond memories of working with Ed when he first set up the US Wheat office in Cape Town, South Africa, we worked hard and enjoyed life in beautiful Cape Town.
    Sincere condolences,
    Mary Byron & Patrick McGhee

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