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Ed Meyer holds a rainbow trout he caught on one of his many fishing excursions. Meyer died Wednesday at the age of 55.
GODFREY – Ed Meyer, owner of Clay East Supply Co. in Godfrey, leaves a legacy of loving the outdoors, rivers and people.
Meyer died Wednesday at the age of 55. He was described by his wife, Monica Thomeczek Meyer, as a “laid-back individual who was also active in the community.” Monica and Ed were married for eight and a half years. Ed Meyer had heart problems in the end.
“He was the small businessman who advocated and also supported small business and tried to keep that idea of community going,” Monica said. “He was a former towboat captain. He traveled up and down the Mississippi River hauling materials back and forth from Chicago down to this area to Chester.”
Clay East sold building and landscape materials, plaster and drainage products and a line of landscaping mulches and decorative rock. Clay East, the company's namesake, started the company years ago as a building supply company and coal distributor. Many of the homes in that era were fueled with coal.
Monica said her husband was at peace when he was in the outdoors and fishing. Ed lived at Summerfield Farm for many years and grew 2,000 tomato plants. He sold many of the tomatoes at his stand on the property where he lived.
“He loved trout fishing and really enjoyed the mountains,” she said.
Monica Meyer said she would like to remember her husband for how he loved their pets and how much he enjoyed working in the building supply business.
During summers, Ed and Monica spent a lot of time at Chautauqua.
Mike Edwards worked with Ed on the river and at Clay East.
He described Meyer with four words: “a heart of gold.”