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Edward Wint June 11, 1957 - June 1, 2024

Edward Wint was born June 11th, 1957 and left this world on June 1st, 2024 at home, surrounded by loved ones. A beloved father, husband, and friend he will be deeply missed.

Edward’s endless curiosity started when he was young and stayed with him always. He loved learning and soaked up information like a sponge; from books, from people, from the radio. A walking encyclopedia with a professorial vocabulary, his charisma made him rich with life long friendships. His wanderlust and spirit of adventure led him to many places all over the world and the tops of many mountains, like Mount Elbrus, Rainer, Mt Hood, and most peaks in the Utah Wasatch Mountain Range.

Edward was born in Ukraine, then moved with his family all over the Baltic states which sparked a love of different languages, cultures and appreciation for freedom of thought and speech. In Ukraine he lived with his Grandmother, Ksenia, who told him bedtime stories of surviving the Holodomor, WW2, the Stalinist regime, and many other experiences not acknowledged by school or government. This ignited his sense of justice which ultimately pushed him to leave the soviet system, for the American dream. A classical guitar player since he was fourteen, he loved all music. “If it sounds good, it is good” was his favorite Duke Ellington quote. He loved the Beatles, Chicago, the Eagles and many great western Rock’N Roll bands. He was able to find their illegal music and introduce many others to it. When leaving the Soviet Union, the suitcases contained many more books than clothes, and included ‘Back in the USSR’ an album by the Beatles/Paul McCartney, released exclusively in the USSR in 1988.

He went to college in Kharkiv and met Valentina, his loving wife for almost 50 years. He spent four years studying economics and accounting, which were absolutely not his interests. Instead he found the camera, and his first job as a photographer became his profession. His stunning black and white portraits of places, people, and nature are cherished by many to this day. One of the highlights of his career was working as a photographer (and unofficial translator) for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.

While still in the USSR, he discovered a passion for climbing and traveled widely, especially through the Caucasus mountains with his friends, some of the top Alpinists in the world. It continued in the United States, starting with the spectacular Wasatch Mountain Range, which he was happily shocked to behold after arriving in Utah and stepping off the plane. He loved taking his family to the mountains and any spare time was spent with them visiting the many national parks and beautiful places in the United States. He quickly learned English by listening to talk radio while developing pictures at Nichols Photo Lab in Utah. Keeping a notebook, he would write down each word he didn’t know phonetically to look up and memorize later. Edward’s intellect gave him a sharp and playful way to turn a phrase that anyone who heard would remember.

His great qualities were many. His ability to tell a story was unforgettable. His generosity was above and beyond, not only to his friends, but especially to people less fortunate or just plain down on their luck. He never ever wanted to be a burden to anyone and always made sure that all his debts were paid. In his final days his sense of humor never stopped. His love of music, outdoors and particularly mountains lives on in his kids.

Edward is survived by his wife, Valentina, and his sons Albert and Val. He will be forever loved and remembered.

Family to witness interment will be held Thursday, June 6 at 11:00a.m. at Mt. View Corbett Cemetery SE Smith Rd, Corbett, OR 97019.

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    Sergey Litvinov says

    “Deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.”

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    Marina and Ivan says

    Dear Valentina, Albert, and Val,
    We are deeply sorry about the passing of your husband and father. Edward was a truly special person and we will always remember his sense humor and kindness. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this heartbreaking time.

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    Alexey Borisov says

    Он никогда не был равнодушным. Ему было интересно все.Он не скучал от собственной человечности. “Отнять”: хирургический термин утраты части конечности. Остается фантомная боль. Надолго. Навсегда.Соболезную. Светлая память.

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    Sasha Butsan / Саша Буцан says

    My heart-felt condolences to the grieving family, Valentina, Albert, Valentina, the sons’ beloved ones. I am immensely thankful to Eduard for the first valuable lessons about the mountains in my university years and for his agile critical mind that gave extra meaningfulness and profoundness to all our conversations. Rest In Peace, Rebellious Soul.

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    Sasha Butsan / Саша Буцан says

    My heart-felt condolences to the grieving family, to Valentina, Albert, Valentin, the sons’ beloved ones. I am immensely grateful to Eduard for his valuable lessons about the mountains in my university years and for our profound meaningful discussions about everything. May he rest in peace.

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    Leshchinskii family says

    Никогда не забудем его оптимизм, умение восторгаться жизнью и видеть прекрасное. Светлая память.

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    Анна says

    Мій брат, з яким ми такі різні і одночасно такі схожі мабуть тому, що народили нас різні жінки, а виростила одна. Було завжди приємно відчувати , що він у мене є хоч і не поряд, а зараз боляче….Валюша, Альберт, Валентин обіймаю!!!

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