Edward Cecula

Obituary of Edward J. Cecula

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On August 2, 2022 Edward "Jim" Cecula, the oldest of the two children of Edward F. and Genevieve A. (Sadlo) Cecula took his last ride into the sunset. His sister, Janet A. Cecula Giroux predeceased him on November 19, 2019. Jim was born and grew up in Niagara Falls. He was the adventurous type, never at home during the summer vacations. Up and out by 7am either at the falls, exploring the gorge railroad, or digging for fossils at Devils Hole, only returning home for dinner. He always said those times were the best times our country ever had, unfortunately never to be seen again. He was always up for a game of stick ball at Niagara Street School or next door at St. Stans (where he attended), playing pickup baseball. A graduate of Bishop Duffy in 1963, He then spent 4 years in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant in under four. He never did get put back on that forth stripe because he was offered an early outcoming back from Southeast Asia. On his first tour in Bermuda, he made Base Airman of the Month. When he returned to Niagara Falls, he degreed from Niagara University, spent two years peddling grape harvesters and bean pickers for Chisholm Ryder. It was during this period that he fell in love with sailing, bought a sail boat and sailed out of Youngstown Yacht Club. Weekends in Toronto, overnight races to different yacht clubs or dodging freighters on Lake Ontario. Never intending to remain in Niagara, he moved to Florida. He became a stockbroker until he realized it wasn't about what was good for the client, but what was good for the brokerage. He called in "A Legal Red-Light District." Jim then spent three years on the beach, selling condos until the interest rates went to the moon. He then got into the EFT business on the ground floor. First, just authorizing credit card transactions, then eventually capturing the funds and depositing them in the merchants account the next day. It was a tough start but when he started doing conventions, business exploded. He contracted with McDonald Douglas to process the transaction (no one was faster) and two banks to deposit the funds. Then the gift of Agent Orange form the good old USA stepped in. Prostate cancer at 47. Game me 5 to 7 here it is (?) years later. The Physician had a new technique for the surgery that cut a number of crucial nerves in a delicate area leaving him unemployable. Fighting for disability was, and still is a nightmare. Only until 3 years ago did the Government acknowledged using AO on his air base. Twenty-Seven years later, He had enough of Florida, traffic, concrete and asphalt. The fragrant smell of orange blossoms went by the way of housing developments. Never being west, He decided to sell all, purchased a 5th wheel trailer and headed that way. Picking Tucson as his wintering home. Jim fell into is adventurous ways and bought a UTV and roamed the desert and mountains in Arizona. Took up gold mining, rockhounding and camping. He did travel to other states in the summer, but really liked Arizona and spent most of his time there. He rescued two Corgi's; Max and Luba, the sweetest dogs that he dearly loved. He bought a house and remained in Tucson until his final ride into the sunset. Per Jim's wishes, Funeral Services & burial took place privately in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Arrangements entrusted to ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences
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Final Resting Place

Riverdale Cemetery
5605 Lewiston Road
Lewiston, New York, United States
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