It is always hard to lose a loved one, especially one who has become part of your “at work family.” It is even more difficult when that “work family” member dies suddenly. Such was the case with Edward Lee Mascarenas, who we all knew as Ed. He was at work on a Thursday, and died the following Saturday, February 3, 2018, of the flu.
Ed was born on July 3, 1971, in Harbor City, California, and began his career at Long Beach Public Library on August 14, 1989 as a Page. In November 1991 he was promoted to Library Clerk, working mainly at the Main Library, but happily accepting deployment to neighborhood libraries as needed. He was a music lover and a “go to” person if you wanted to know anything about musicians or musical groups. He was also an avid movie goer and could tell you more than you wanted to know about certain films.
Eileen Hunter summed up the feeling of many in her comment to Ed, published in the February 8, 2018 issue of the library’s Check it Out – “Thinking of the library without Ed is strange. It’s like someone lifted out a piece of the building and then asked us to pretend it isn’t missing.” Charlotte Blaire-Reynolds added – “Edward was such a sweet man. He was a fixture at the Library…The Library will forever be an emptier place without him. We love you, Edward.”