Frederick, Md., farrier Edward Thomas Greeves passed away June 4, 2022. He was 80.
Greeves, known as Big Ed, was a larger-than-life character with a unique personality that left an impression of independence and generosity with everyone he encountered. With a one-of-a-kind sense of humor and wit, every story included one of his catchphrases.
Greeves had a short stint with the United States Postal Service then transferred to the United States Park Police. Upon graduating in the top position of his police training, he joined their horse-mounted patrol unit. This position showcased his unique talent with horses. While stationed on the Capitol grounds, he trained his police horse to step inside school buses to greet the visiting children, to stand poised on picnic tables, walk under fountains or hold perfectly still under landing helicopters. His skill with horses eventually led him to pursue his lifelong career as a full-time farrier.
On the side, he enjoyed his small farm in Thurmont where he had a hobby operation breeding quality sporthorses. His preference was for Thoroughbred/Warmblood crosses. He would quote generations of breeding to anyone who would listen and loved riding and watching his horses compete.Wrestling matches were another favorite pastime.
His faith was something he lived and spoke about daily; he was a member of the Glade Valley Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His hope in a future without pain or suffering gave him great comfort and continues to provide solace to his family.
Greeves met his wife, Christine Vlachos Greeves, in high school during which time he cut off some of her hair after she refused to let him cheat on a test. Their teacher said they would either kill each other or get married. Fortunately for his children, love and honesty won. The Greeves’ were married for 60 years.
His family is honoring his wishes to be cremated and to have a virtual online Memorial; the date is not yet set. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to JW.org or frederickhealthhospice.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stauffer Funeral Home and Stauffer Crematory, Inc. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com.
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