A photo of Edward “Big Ed” J. Chinski, Jr.

Edward “Big Ed” J. Chinski, Jr.

August 30, 1943 - July 6, 2019

          The rejoiceful sound of the most beautiful music played and the Angels sang as the gates of Heaven opened wide welcoming home one of the greatest men to ever walk this Earth; our hero.

          Edward “Big Ed” J. Chinski, Jr., of Elkton, MD, earned his well-deserved Angel Wings on Saturday, July 6, 2019. He now resides in the most glorious paradise with paved streets of gold. His conversations are now with Jesus and all of his questions are being answered.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on August 30, 1943, Ed was an incredibly loving, devoted husband to his wife, Mildred for 57 years, loving her until his last breath. He was an awesome father to his five children and their spouses, Claudia and Bernard “Sonny” Bradley, Edward III and Crystle Chinski, Thomas and Kelley Chinski, Kimberly Chinski, Lori and Eric Opal, an amazing, proud grandfather to his nine grandchildren, Mark, Leigh-Ann, Robert, Lauren-Elizabeth, Thomas, Jessica, Julia, Kirsten and Kevin. He was a loving Daddy to his fur babies, Tucker and Schultz as well as to his family of cats. 

          Ed was a son of the late Edward J. and Anna (Ambrose) Chinski, Sr. He is also survived by his brothers, Francis and William Chinski as well as many close family members and friends whom he loved as his own, especially his mother-in-law, Grace Davis.

          Many admired a cartoon character as a child, but he was our superhero who did not have any need to wear a cape. He was a man with a huge heart which was filled with unconditional love. He always managed to see the best in others, setting examples along each step he made. His faith was strong and he believed a simple act of kindness created an endless ripple that could change one’s life.

          “Big Ed” was the owner of many businesses in Wilmington, DE throughout the years to include Atlantic Service Station, Hannas Exxon, Ed & Sons Mobil, Dream Cream Ice Cream, Chinski’s Catering and Ed & Sons Auto Salvage. He never fully retired, continuing to be self-employed and was commissioned for countless projects by many people.

          In his spare time, which was limited, Ed loved cooking, fishing, playing board games, bingo, cards and most of all, spending time with his family. He would often run the table in poker games, bluffing his way through hands to see if others were paying attention. He was the “jack of all trades” and enjoyed sharing what he knew with others. There was not anything he could not fix or create. Every project shared was viewed as a valuable lesson learned for those who worked by his side. It was difficult to keep up with his energy level which quickly became a laughing matter amongst those much younger than his age. His energized batteries were always fully charged.

          For most of Ed’s seventy-five years here on Earth, he proudly wore work boots, but now his feet are finally at rest. He is permanently retired, his work here is done. His days will be spent with his awaiting best friend, Schnitzel, relaxing by the lake. A rod and reel made of gold and plenty of fish to bite, a deck of cards, restful sleep, no worry lines upon his face. Our perfect Angel is at rest, fishing in the sky.

          Freshly made apple pies and food galore will be welcomed by his new friends. Laughter and stories will be shared, until we meet again. Shoes that could never be filled will remain empty tucked away within our hearts. He was truly a blessing from Heaven, our most treasured gift, who will forever be our brightest star.

         “Big Ed” touched the hearts of many, he put smiles upon one’s face. A beautiful legacy he has left behind to be admired and cherished by all. He will be loved and missed beyond all measures, especially his smiles with such grace. His love will be carried close within our hearts and honor we will continue to give. One day he will greet us at the gates, stories we will share. For he has not left us, his presence will be felt everywhere.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A Christian Celebration of Ed’s Life will be officiated by Pastor Karen Bunnell and will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

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15 Guestbook messages for Edward “Big Ed” J. Chinski, Jr.

  • I will always remember him . I will miss him. Prayers for all of my family in this sad time.

  • I will forever be blessed to have known this man for almost 7 years ! He will be missed dearly . Love to all family and friends!

  • May you fly on Angel’s wings. You were always loving to me and Jeremy. Thank you for all your kindness and support. I will cherish my memories of you forever Paula Williamson-yates

  • My heart sank with disbelief when I heard about your passing. I had just told some friends earlier that day about the time you took me, my mom and my sister boating along with your family. That was my very first time on a boat. How ironic that I was on a boat when I got the message from Claudia. You treated me like one of your own children, even taught me how to pick crabs. You truly were an angel on earth always helping everyone, and such a generous soul. So many times you helped my family out, knowing we could never repay you. You were truly loved and admired. Rest in peace “Dad”. To Mom, Claudia, Eddie, Tommy, Kim and Lori…my deepest condolences, love and prayers. The depth of our love for someone is equal to the depth of our grief when they are gone. So I know you all are hurting beyond measure…because that is how much you loved him. Seek comfort in eachother and in your families and friends. Keep him alive in your memories and cherish them.

  • My heartfelt Condolences to my Delaware Family. I know we haven’t seen each other in YEARS, you all are always in my thoughts. God bless you All. I pray that you find Peace at this difficult time.❤️

  • We have been away for quite a while but Marty and I are very sorry to hear this news. I always enjoyed seeing Ed in his door-yard stops, and Marty enjoyed his friendship over the many years. We send our sincere condolences and love to Mildred and the family.

  • I knew Ed and Mildred, long time
    Really sorry to hear of Ed passing , prayers an condolences to family and friends

    William Essick
    Richmond Texas

  • Mildred and Family, Many prayers for everyone. What a great family man and a beautiful mark he left on this earth with all of you. The epitome of what love in a marriage pours over into family then onto friends.

  • A wonderful man whose legacy speaks to his precious time here on Earth, Mr. Chinski’s family defines love, unity, and “paying it forward” with an immeasurable heart. I say these words with immense gratitude and joy.

  • So sorry and will greatly missed by all

  • So sorry to hear about Eddie’s passing. I’ll always remember all the good times we had in our younger years. My deepest sympathy to Mildred and family.

  • our thoughts and prayers goes to the entire family,..

  • May you Rest In Peace. You will certainly be missed by your family and friends. God Bless the Chinski Family in this difficult time.

  • Sending our deepest condolences in the loss of your father. Big Ed was truly a treasure. Hugs & prayers for your family.
    Love, Dave & Annette

  • I just heard about Ed’s passing and I am so very sorry for his family. I considered Ed a good friend and a wonderful human being. He was a jack of all trades and he was also a master of all trades as well! He will be greatly missed!

    With deepest sympathy, Arline Docherty