St. Louis Cremation

Edward Hale Westland

On Friday July 12, 2019, Edward Hale Westland, loving husband and father of four children passed away at the age of 75.

Ed was born November 17, 1943 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to Ruth and Elmer Westland.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1966.   Though educated as an architect, he made a decision early in his career to go beyond what architecture could provide and developed expertise in design build, construction, and program management.  His greatest satisfaction and success occurred in construction and program management due to his interests in the total development process from initial program inception through occupancy.  His resilience allowed him to experience many opportunities across the country for over 50 years within his career.

    Ed was a Vietnam veteran, proudly serving his country as a 2nd lieutenant in the 87th engineer battalion.

Ed was married to Barbara on October 24, 1981. He referred to her as “Babe” and was her soul mate for 37 years of marriage.

Ed was a great storyteller and never knew a stranger.  His desire to explore and meet new people was continued through his Uber experience once he retired.  He was an extraordinary cook; everyone who was invited to his table had a remarkable culinary experience. Ed was a lifelong learner who was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, determination, and love of life.  His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and grandpets brought him the greatest happiness.

Ed was preceded in death by his father, Elmer and his mother, Ruth.  He is survived by his wife Barbara Westland, his daughters Laura Cornell and Ainsley (Tommy) Breedlove; first wife Nancy with whom he shared his sons Chris (Andrea) and Jonathan (Jennifer) Westland; and his grandchildren Eddie and Clara Cornell, Kate and Gavin Westland, Lo and Maya Westland.  He is also survived by his beloved grandpets Dierks Westland; Maggie Westland; Chico, Margo, Buddha, and Lizzy Westland; Cali and Milo Cornell; and Sawyer and Sampson Breedlove.

A memorial celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 11am on July 27th, 2019 at their church, The Gathering, 2360 McCausland Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lumina Life Review or Evelyn’s House at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1001 Highlands Plaza Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110.


  1. Lisa Port on July 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Ed was an incredible man. I enjoyed talking to him at Friends of Wings fundraisers.

  2. Dale Davis on July 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Ed and myself worked together on a large Hospital in Walnut Creek, ca. John Muir Medical Center. Ed was a true professional and a great person. Always doing the right thing.
    I will miss Ed along with the rest of his California comrades.
    God bless
    Dale a Davis

  3. Ken Cook on July 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry to lose Eddie Westland, a legend and great partner in business and in peace, old friend…

  4. Jenny (Craddock) Leiby on July 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Barb, My heart goes out to all of you for your terrible loss. We won’t be able to make it to the memorial service. Sending you hugs and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Tim and Jenny Leiby

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