SIMSBURY, Conn. – Edward “Big Ed” E. Marks, 72, of the Weatogue section of Simsbury, Conn., died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, surrounded by his family, at his home. He was born in Milo, son of the late James R. and Carolyn (Seamons) Marks. He lived in Simsbury, Conn., for 47 years. A sheet metal worker by trade, he was a longtime member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No. 40, where he was affectionately known as “Slim.” He held a private pilot’s license for 22 years and was past president of Simsbury Flying Club. He was also a member of Bristol Fish & Game Club and loved snowmobiling and motorcycle riding. He enjoyed helping others, especially “fixing” things and was an avid fan and supporter of all his grandchildren’s sports events. He leaves his wife of 51 years, Denise G. (O’Connor) Marks; a son, Edward J. Marks and his wife, Lisa, of Granby, Conn.; three daughters, Deborah A. Murphy and her husband, Dr. George “Jack” Murphy, of Avon, Conn., Donna M. Myslow and her husband, Christopher, of Simsbury, Conn., and Diane M. Landi and her partner, Sean Rocheleau, of East Granby, Conn.; a brother, Lewis Marks of Maine; three sisters, Ardith Judkins and Gilda Howlett, both of Maine, and Sandra Smith of New York; 12 grandchildren, Nicole (Murphy) McGrath, Allison and Sean Murphy, Danielle Stephens, Madeline, Griffin, and Parker Myslow, Rachel and Nicholas Landi and Julie, Alexa and Kari Marks; and a special sister-in-law, Mary Marks of Maine. He was predeceased by two sisters, Una and Juanita; and a brother, James.