Fort Worth, Texas – Dr. Edward M. Sankary, passed away at home Thursday, March 9, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm Monday, March 20, at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, with a reception to follow in the Temple’s Great Hall. For those who are unable to attend in person, a live stream option is provided at Beth-El’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU7MJnv60dg Honorary Bearers include, Dr. Jim Herd, Dr. Jay Herd, Dr. Allan Kelly, Dr. Ellis Minton, Dan Lowrance, Alvin “Butch” Luskey, Dr. Kenneth Bennett, Mike Farhat, Jim Teague and Leon “Bootsey” Weil.
Born in Fort Worth, Eddie was the fifth of six children, to Genevieve and Hyman Sankary, who immigrated to the US from Lebanon and Syria in the early 1900’s. He attended Lily B. Clayton and McLean Middle School and graduated from R.L. Paschal High School in 1954, where he excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. He loved all sports but baseball was his true passion. His favorite memories he would share with us were playing third base at Paschal, learning to hit a curve ball and being one game away from winning the city championship.
Eddie attended the University of Texas at Austin for two years where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating from TCU, Eddie went on to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He proudly served his country in the US army as a medical officer with the rank of captain from 1962 to 1964 stationed at Fort Knox, KY and Abilene, TX.
Eddie met the love of his life, Lynny Weil, in 1954 through his UT roommate, her brother, Bootsey, on a car ride from Austin to Fort Worth with Lynny’s parents, our beloved Nanny and Papa. Eddie and Lynny began dating in 1956, and married two years later in December.
Eddie began his 55+ year career in anesthesia at Harris Hospital in 1964. He lovingly cared for thousands of patients, participated in hospital and departmental leadership and trained countless CRNAs in a program that he not only loved but was also instrumental in developing. Due to his illness, his career was cut short earlier than he had hoped. He loved practicing medicine as much as anything else in his life and felt he had more good years to give. From his time in medicine, he and Lynny forged lifelong friendships that they still cherish to this day.
Well before it was the “In Thing”, Eddie was a super fan of TCU athletics including football, basketball and baseball. He also loved his friends and time at Shady Oaks playing golf and socializing. He had three holes-in-one – all at the age of 80!
He was a self-made success in the truest sense and a proud 1st generation American. Those that knew him well know that he was gritty, fiercely competitive, sometimes ornery but always a true gentleman at his core. He had a calming effect on people – especially his patients.
Above all else, he was most proud of being Poppy. Our Poppy was lovingly surrounded by all of us in the days leading up to his passing. We are so proud of his life and what he stood for.
A special thank you to Eddie’s caregivers, Dr. Allan Kelly for his loving care and devotion, and Mandy, Lisa, and Karen from the St. Gabriel’s Hospice team for their genuine compassion.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, Lynny, Eddie is survived by his children, Lisa O’Connor, Susie Benson, Michael Sankary and his wife, Kristin, and Scott Sankary and his wife, Michelle; his grandchildren, Eddie and his wife, Marcella, Kristi, Ashley, Adam, Ben, Alex, Jack, Alexa, Blake and Maddie; and great-grandchild, William, of whom he was very proud!
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of contributions in his name be made to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, Beth-El Congregation or The Blast at Cook Children’s Health Foundation, supporting childhood cancer research and program development.