My family is heartbroken with the recent passing of my sister’s husband, Eddie L. Jordan. Barbara and Eddie were married for 52 years, which means he has been a part of our lives for the past 55 years. Eddie Jordan was not just a brother in law, he was the standard by which we measured others. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
Eddie didn’t only make a lasting impression on my family, he touched the lives of countless students in the Miami-Dade Public School system. He didn’t just teach them, he connected with them. He was not superficial in his concern for his students. His compassion and guidance did not end when they were no longer in his classes. Eddie encouraged his students, provided wise counsel, and celebrated their achievements over the years. Eddie Jordan’s students knew that he really cared about them. He was a strong role model and father figure to many who were lacking such positive influences at home.
Eddie Jordan was a loving father who was enormously proud of his children and his grandchildren. He was a family man who had a passion for fishing, gardening and sharing his bounty with friends and neighbors. Eddie would ship mangoes to friends and family in various parts of the country, which reminded everyone of home. He loved his sisters, brothers and extended family. He would always call and reach out to make sure he kept family bonds strong. Close friendships were as important to Eddie as family. Those that were fortunate enough to call him a friend were blessed indeed.
Although he often stayed in the background, Eddie Jordan vigorously supported Barbara’s political and public service aspirations. He made the safekeeping and monitoring of her campaign signs his personal mission.
On May 18, 2017 Barbara Jordan lost her husband, but this community lost a special part of it’s soul.