February 5, 1966 - January 6, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 50
A stand-up comic dies and meets St. Peter at the Pearly Gates…
Ed Blake Paulissen, beloved brother, son, nephew, cousin, and friend died in Austin on January 6, 2017 surrounded by loving family members and friends.
Born in Austin to parents John Bernard (Barney) and Eleanor Paulissen, who predeceased him, Ed is survived by his sister Barbara Ann Paulissen, brother Charles Andrew Paulissen, uncle Father Richard Paulissen, aunt Renate Brachlein and husband Reinhold and their children Sandra and Harald. While Ed had many cousins who supported him from a distance, the following cousins were especially close to Ed: Sylvia Gillean and her husband John, Mary Paulissen, and Bud Paulissen and his wife Barbara and their children Stephanie, Joe, and Rob. Ed was also close to friends Catherine Campbell, Catherine Heidrick, Penny Heidrick, Jay Jerome and Marlena Lunz.
Ed attended St Louis Catholic School, Lanier High School and Texas State University. Ed had a great time playing baseball at Lanier High School and at Texas State University. He was a terrific pitcher during those years, and he remained an avid sports fan throughout his life. He especially enjoyed watching the Houston Astros and the Houston Texans. He's currently rooting for the Texans in the playoffs.
Ed made a career as a stand-up comedian using the stage name Ed Blake. Based in Houston, he performed throughout the nation and truly loved his work. He was a mentor, critic, and friend to his fellow comedians. His passion in life was making people laugh and helping others do the same.
Diagnosed with a glioblastoma last January, Ed fought courageously against a terminal diagnosis. He moved from Houston to Austin to be closer to his sister, Barbara, who cared for Ed during his treatment with endless love and devotion. Throughout the year-long journey, Ed was blessed with amazing doctors, nurses, therapists and caregivers. Hospice Austin provided the family with gentle and caring guidance in the final days and hours. The family would like to especially thank Lizzie Herring for everything she did (the list is too long) to make Ed's last 6 months as enjoyable as possible. Her loyalty and commitment to Ed and his family was a blessing that will always be remembered. Lizzie will make one fantastic nurse!! Special thanks also goes to the therapists, nurses, doctors and social workers at Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital who treated Ed like family during his four stays with them. Ed was especially fond of his therapists Stephanie, Sherri, and Sandra. The family would also like to thank Care Communities, neighbors, and friends in Austin, as they provided the support both Ed and Barbara needed.
As Ed fought his battle with cancer, he enjoyed going to the movies and lunches with Lizzie during the day, evening meals with friends, especially Catherine Heidrick, and he enjoyed listening to the dating stories of Catherine Campbell and giving her advice about men. When Ed was struggling for a smile in the final days, a story from Catherine would do the trick. He also cherished visits from his closest cousins on weekends and holidays.
A Funeral Mass will be conducted at St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin on Friday, January 13th at 1:30 pm. Following the service, a celebration of Ed's life will be held at the Flying Saucer, 815 W 47th St., Austin, TX 78751.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice Austin or the charity of your choice.