Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A Parents Worst NIGHTMARE!

The coroner has just left my home with terrible news, my son Bryan was killed this morning in an auto accident in Azusa.

My children and I are numb, not sure what emotion too feel at this moment. I am suppose to die before my children, not Bryan before me.

We will miss Bryan very much and his memory will be with us forever.


Kanani said...

no, no, no....
I will call.
Let me know how I can help.

Jade said...

My prayers, love and support go out to you at this terrible time in your life. Losing a child is not something we, as parents, are prepared to deal with.

There are no words to express the sorrow I'm feeling for you now, so I will remind you that I'm here to help you as always.

Love and God bless Bryan and the entire Padgett family.

Kanani said...


Ed's brothers are coming over. One is an attorney, the other is a former funeral director.

Jesse is taking care of the "time off' for Ed.

Apparently Ed called the secretary and she said she couldn't okay ANY time off for him and that he'd have to call his supervisor.

Ed's in no state of mind to be making a zillion calls. He told her to do it for him. She started SCREAMING at him.

What a wretched creature. Totally lacking in empathy.

She must wake up every morning thinking about how the world has cheated her and unleashes it on everyone.

She needs to apologize then go to church and lighten up.

Kanani said...

And an apology sounds like this:
"I'm sorry I yelled at you Edward. I will try my hardest to change my outlook in life."

Nubia said...


I can't begin to imagine your pain at this time and am praying that God will see you and family through this episode. Know that I am here for you to help in any way I possibly can.

You're very important to me, so I feel a lot of concern for what you're going through right now.

I hope it helps to know how much I believe in you and how often I send positive, caring thoughts your way.

My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss.


Nubia said...

BTW...I'll keep my comments about the secretary to myself.

They couldn't be posted anyway!!!


factoid said...

Thinking of you and your family, Ed.

Will Campbell... said...

My most heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones Edward. I am so sorry for your loss.

meandering said...

Ed, I know to well what it is like to lose a loved one so young. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Monica said...


I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy that has occurred with your son. I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your family is in my prayers. Please don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your family.

steve grant said...

My condolences to you and your family. Anything I can do to help, let me know.

Ronnie Pineda said...

Brother Ed,
When a Brother or Sister suffer a loss, we all feel the pain. We are all deeply sadden by this terrible event and share your sorrow.

My faith tells me that when we close our eyes here on earth they re-open in heaven.

Don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything your Brothers and Sisters can do, and it will be done.

God bless you and your family during this difficult time Ed.

Pete Viles said...

Ed -- I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain and sorrow you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Peter Viles
LA Times blogger

Doran said...

I've waited all day to respond, but have found no enlightened words of condolence. I am so very, very sorry. It's so inadequate, but it's all I can offer. Your strength is an inspiration, but what is that worth now? All I can do is weep for your loss.

:: jozjozjoz :: said...


My heart goes out to you and your family.

I'm here for you if you ever need an ear.

I know you are dealing with a lot right now, but don't forget to take care of yourself in the midst of all this.

I will send you a private note shortly.

alex part timer said...

Hey friend, I am so moved. Ed, I never knew your son, But I feel a connection and I must say im sorry for your loss. It's faith that will sustain us and rest easy knowing your boy is in good hands with the lord our sheapard. He is very much alive and in eternity.

God bless: Alex Dominguez(Part timer)

tony said...

My deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers to you and your family.

God bless.

Administrators said...

Dear Ed,

I hope the love and support of your union brothers, sisters and friends will comfort and sustain you and your family through this difficult time.

With sympathy,

Lesley Phillips
The Newspaper Guild-CWA

Oxnard St. said...


I'm so sorry to hear that terrible news. You've been such a great source of optimism in the journalism blogging community and it's awful to hear about Bryan. If there's ever anything we can do for you, don't hesitate to ask.


Lou Nicosia said...

Ed, You have our deepest sympathy. We will be thinking and praying for you and your family.

Rudy Hernandez said...


My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You have always been a good person to me and it is something I will never forget. I may have left the Times,but I will not forget the great men and women I have worked with through the years. God Bless your entire Family.

Rudy Hernandez

seanbonner said...

So terribly sorry to hear this Ed. We're all thinking of you.

Jeannine said...

God Bless your son and your family on these extremely difficult times.

darleene said...


My sincere, sincere condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you and your family's strength and peace of mine. God bless you.


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Though words can not possibly convey my sadness, please know that I keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

If there is anything - and I mean anything, that I can do for you, you need but ask.

With Heartfelt Condolence,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

The editor said...


I am so sorry to hear about Bryan.

Bob Beamesderfer
ex-Times news editor

george.ogden said...

This is a sad thing to have happen. I have seen many such accidents and when it is someone you know, it touches home. My heart goes out to the family and friends for such a loss. Hopefully, this sad event will be viewed by others and they take note. Doug, hang in there buddy. See you soon. George Ogden

george.ogden said...

This is a sad thing to have happen. I have seen many such accidents and when it is someone you know, it touches home. My heart goes out to the family and friends for such a loss. Hopefully, this sad event will be viewed by others and they take note. Doug, hang in there buddy. See you soon. George Ogden

Wolf said...

Good Morning ED,

My deepest condolences to you and to your family ED. Our prayers, and thoughts are with you. If there is anything that we can do to help you Ed, please ask.

May God be with your family during these times.


Centinel said...

No parent should ever have to bury their child. Your family and your son are in our prayers.

goingmc said...

I didn't know Bryan as well as Matt or Ricky, but he was my boy. We all hung out every once and a while, and he was very cool with me. I will miss him. I could teel that he loved you all so much by the way he spoke of you all. I thnak you for sharing he with me. He a was and will forever be one of my closest friends. May god bless you all.

Jill Davis Doughtie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

MAQ said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of this young life, and extend condolences to you and your family.
The loss of a child cuts like no other.
Margaret Quigley

Aaron Proctor said...

Dear Ed,

I am very sorry to read about your loss. You, your family, and your loved ones will be in my thoughts.

I echo the sentiments of everyone above. If you need anything at all, please feel free to contact me.

Rose said...

It's very unfortunate what happend to Bryan... Hopefully people will realize that when you are racing your gambling your life... Your family is in my Prayers.. God Bless your family.

Lisa C said...

I'm so sorry for you lose, Ed.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I saw this post some time ago. I was deeply saddened and sat at my keyboard trying to draw out some comforting words. I was afraid to say the wrong thing, and because I do not know you personally, did not know if I should. My heart goes out to you Ed. From experience loosing family members, I can only tell you that my sorrow is sincere, and I wish you the best.

Eric, from the Speedcat Hollydale Page

Anonymous said...

I want to express my deepest sorrow for your loss. I just came across the news story today 6-6-2008. My name is Ed Padgett. I live in Oklahoma. I also lost my son Bryan (spelled the same) in the same month as your loss. Year 1993 in a car accident just as your son. My greiving lasted for many years. I still have tough times on occasion as we were very close. He was 17 at the time. I will tell you this. People say that time heals. I have discovered as time passes the original intensity of the pain lessons but the pain never goes away. you may contact me if you need. go to for a link