Eddie “Ed” T. Bodkin
Eddie T. Bodkin (Ed), 76, a retired banker and resident of North Ft. Myers, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 after a brief illness. Ed was the devoted husband of Maureen (Gallagher) for 37 years. The two affectionately called each other “Earl” and “Pearl”. He is survived by his daughter Denley, son Brett, and grandchildren Nikki, Neeley, Daniel, Grace and Abby. Ed was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the son of the late Sandy Bodkin and brother of the late Judy Yeaste. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Ed was known to enjoy a good cigar, a cold beer, swimming, golfing, and televised sports, particularly golf and basketball. In fact, Ed was named to the All Century team of Eastern Kentucky University in 2010 for his basketball career there, with highlights of: Three-time All-OVC selection, seventh leading all-time scorer (1,587 points), sixth all-time leading rebounder (812), led EKU to OVC title and NCAA appearance in 1964-65. He was best known for his sweeping hook shot and is a member of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame. Ed was drafted in the third round of the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls for their inaugural team in 1966. He subsequently continued his education at the University of Scranton, obtaining his Master’s Degree in Business.
Ed was a tall man at 6’6”, with a deep robust laugh and a lovely southern accent (at least it was an accent to his wife’s family in the north). At family parties, he could usually be found watching sports on TV or sitting in the kitchen eating chicken wings. Ed’s affection for a good cigar and golfing is remembered by his nephew, Mark, who said: “I’ll have to smoke a ‘see-gar’ in his honor and take extra mulligans next golf outing”.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ed’s memory to your favorite charity.
For service details, please contact the family directly.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.