Edward Erro, influential local hay broker, accomplished so much and touched so many lives in his 90 years.
Born April 24, 1931 at the family home in Alhambra, California, Edward grew up playing with his brother and cousins near his home and spending time fishing in Bridgeport with his father. He started working for his father's sheep business before he was out of high school, and would frequently drive to school in the work truck so he could quickly get to work after his classes ended. After graduating from Alhambra High School, he was introduced to the love of his life by a truck driver’s wife who’d hired Rosemarie to tutor her son. Edward, who was already quite known in the agriculture community, was told he needed to come right over and meet this incredible tutor. They hit it off and on June 18, 1966, Rosemarie and Edward were married in Bakersfield, California. They moved to Thousand Oaks after their honeymoon, where they raised their two children, Edward Jr. and Theresa.
Edward enjoyed getting his hands dirty and never shied away from hard work. In 1969, he incorporated his own business, known as Ed Erro Hay Co., and after years of hard work and determination, he became one of the most influential hay brokers in the area. People of all generations could identify his trucks by watching for the red and yellow Peterbuilts traveling up and down the I-5 and the 99, sometimes on the 1 and 101. These trucks were also featured in various publications, as well as making appearances at the “Rural Olympics” at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, California.
He was wise beyond his years and was known to strike up a conversation with anyone, making friends wherever he went. In the summertime, it was common to meet him on Cuyama ranches with two of his grandchildren in the backseat, who he had already spoiled with sugary treats before noon. He enjoyed bringing happiness to all, and is remembered as an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, confidant, business partner, and friend to all.
He passed away at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield on May 3, 2021, just nine days after his 90th birthday. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Edward is preceded in death by his parents, Anne Erro and Frank Erro, as well as his brother, Robert Erro. Edward is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Gonsalves) Erro; children Edward Erro Jr. (Jill Erro) and Theresa Erro; grandchildren, Tereson, Daniel, Julia, Taylan, Hannah, and Tierney; and his great-granddaughter Triskelle.
The family would like to thank Dr. Aggarwal and the ER and ICU teams at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for their dedication to Edward’s care.
Viewing is scheduled 3-7 p.m. Monday, May 10 at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Home, 1100 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 12300 Reina Road, Bakersfield. A graveside service will follow at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, with lunch afterward at Wool Growers, 620 E 19th St., Bakersfield.