Brother-in-law of Harvard resident, adventurer, youth coach
Ed Vamenta. (Courtesy photo)
Edward Cyprian Vamenta, 47, of Westwood, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on July 2, 2019.
Ed is survived by his wife, best friend, and soulmate of 21 years, Elizabeth Traphagen; daughter Adeline, son Jude, parents Cipriano and Elena Vamenta; sisters Michelle Vamenta and Bernadette (Jeff) Pio, brother Justin (Riza) Vamenta; in-laws William and Sheila Traphagen, sisters-in-law Mary (Matt) Traphagen of Harvard, Kathleen (Khalid) Traphagen, Sheila (Eoin) Traphagen, Ann Traphagen, and many loving nieces and nephews and extended family. Edward was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to all.
Ed was raised in Garrison, New York, and graduated high school from Millbrook School in 1990. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1994 and his master’s degree in business administration from Boston University in 2003. During Ed’s first year of college, he met and fell in love with Liz and they were together from that day forward. Ed and Liz served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in the Pacific Northwest following college where they made numerous lifelong friends.
Following his service, he worked in corporate finance in the healthcare and energy industries for many years, most recently with Atlantic Power Corporation, where he served as director of financial planning and analysis. However, Ed’s most important position was that of a loving, devoted father and husband. Adeline and Jude were the light of Ed’s life, and spending time together was always his top priority. It’s an understatement to say Ed loved the outdoors and sharing adventures with his family and friends. He enjoyed hiking, camping, cycling, skiing, snorkeling, traveling, ultimate frisbee, stunt kite flying, and most importantly, playing and coaching soccer. He was a passionate and beloved coach and board member for Westwood Youth Soccer for many years. Ed was also a talented musician, cook, and writer. Although Ed’s life was cut short by cancer, he was able to convey his talents and passions to his children and his light and love will always be the center of his family.
Ed’s warm smile, hearty laugh, and positive energy will be missed by many. Please omit flowers and gifts. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Vamenta Children’s Education and Enrichment Fund for the benefit of Adeline and Jude.