Vail Daily obituary: Dr. Edward J. Zneimer, 1942-2014 |

Vail Daily obituary: Dr. Edward J. Zneimer, 1942-2014

There are a lot of average people in the world. Eddy was not one of them. He didn’t have an average intellect, average friends, average opinions, or an average family.

Ed had such a thirst for knowledge — such razor-sharp wit. He was thorough — a deep thinker about life and its greater purpose. A true Renaissance man, he knew about everything from music and politics to history and psychology, and had the drive to make his dreams a reality, living them out each and every day. After running the Rhinebeck Country School in upstate New York for many years, Ed moved to the Vail Valley with his family in 1987, where he was able to pursue his love of skiing and his interest in real estate development.

Those who knew Ed will vouch for his clever and quirky sense of humor. He was unpretentious, generous, sensitive and practical. A button-box player. Voracious reader. Skilled sailor. Pickle-maker. Crossword aficionado. Lamp-builder. Yodeler. Tequila connoisseur. Genuinely curious about human nature, Ed recognized and appreciated the fact that people are endlessly interesting. With his passion for different cultures, traditions and languages, he gathered friends from all walks of life: From Rhinebeck to Greece, the Bahamas to Vail, Grand Lake to Tucson, St. Helena to San Pancho. There was not a dirt road that he didn’t drive down.

Ed is survived by his daughters, Lia and Leni, and their mother, Toby Greenspan Zneimer, as well as his partner of 15 years, Mary Boe Wilson. A memorial service will be held next summer in Grand Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Entreamigos in Ed’s memory (

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