Obituary – Edmund Rudolph Acosta


Edmund Rudolph Acosta

December 25, 1942 – March 21, 2023

Edmund Rudolph Acosta died peacefully on March 21, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society - Stafholt in Blaine, with his wife Mary at his side. They were married for 48 years. He is survived by his children, Darin, Lita, and Grant; daughters-in-law Janis and Moira; grandchildren, Angela, Alex, Gabriela, and Mia; his siblings, sister Margot and brother Norm.

Ed began his career life in the defense industry as a draftsman for Honeywell and eventually worked his way up to a configurations manager for Hughes Aircraft before he retired. He also worked stints as a computer programmer after his formal retirement.

Ed was born in Los Angeles, California where he grew a passion for the Los Angeles Pacific Electric street cars at a very young age. He purchased kits of the street cars, studied the models, and built the model trains to perfection his entire life. His models included the many buildings, natural features, and trains of the historical Union Station.

Ed’s long time vision was to build his very own planned railroad layout depicting downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The Los Angeles train layout building came to an end when he and Mary decided they wanted to move to Point Roberts from their longtime home in Redlands, California and there wasn’t enough space to bring all the required elements. They had discovered Point Roberts on a vacation to Canada and decided this was the perfect area for them to live post-retirement.

Ed also developed a lifelong love for classical music, especially enjoying Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, among other guitarists. Ed took up playing the guitar for his own personal enjoyment and passed his talent on to his children and grandchildren.

Another of Ed’s passions was cycling, both road and mountain biking. He helped form and name the Redland’s Water Bottle Transit Co bike club. One of this favorite rides was a 200-mile ride called the Grand Tour of Malibu, which he trained for and rode two different times. His training rides of 50 or 100 miles a day were effortless for him. When he moved to Point Roberts, he enjoyed riding the tandem bike with Bob Thiessen and other cyclists from across the border.

Ed will be remembered for his great sense of humor, love of life, and engagement with all the fun life had to offer. His memories live on. As was typical of his sense of humor, his grave marker will be imprinted with the pun, “An end to an E.R.A.” (Edmund Rudolph Acosta).