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Edward D. Newman died on Tuesday surrounded by his family. He was born on July 15, 1943 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Edmund and Edith (Britten) Newman Pokrant.

Edward attended Park High School. After a brief time in the National Guard, he worked for and managed numerous auto dealerships and was nicknamed “Fast Eddie” and “State Street Eddie”. Some time after, Ed owned and operated his own car lot “Autohaus of Racine”. On February 19, 1966, he married the former Harriet Peters. They made a life in Racine and raised two daughters.

Ed enjoyed stock car racing, especially ARCA and NASCAR. He took great pride detailing and working on vehicles in his spare time and always would partake in sharing his joke of the day with anyone who would listen. His biggest source of happiness was spending quality time with his two grandchildren and sharing his wisdom with them.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend Harriet, daughter Jana (Ken) O’Brien, grandchildren Peter and Miranda O’Brien- Sisters Judy Bebow, and Jackie Maresh, brother Dennis Newman of Colorado, sister Lorie (Kevin) Giese, and numerous family and friends. Also survived by feline companion and best buddy Chubby. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carlise Newman, his parents, brother, Rick Pokrant and stepfather Richard “Dick” Pokrant.

Visitation with the family Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., Racine. A memorial service will follow honoring Ed at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, direct memorials in Ed’s honor to Hope Safehouse or Racine County Sheriff’s Department directed to the K-9 unit.

Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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