Sept. 25, 2005 — Well-known Virgin Islands businessman Edward L. Kalik, 79, died Thursday at Roy L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas after a long battle with illness. Born in Brooklyn, and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., he worked in numerous capacities on the East Coast, including as a singing waiter in Florida, a stunt car driver in the Carolinas, and a cab driver in New York City. He also was a cross-country truck driver, a detective, and the owner and operator of a bar and restaurant in Manhattan.
He served in the Pacific in World War II, joining the Army in 1942 and serving until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Mr. Kalik moved to St. Thomas in 1966 and made his home on the island for the rest of his life. His nightclub, Eddy's No. 1 Back Street, was a landmark in the 1960s and the early '70s; he managed the club and also entertained in it.
In 1971 he closed the club to devote his full attention to developing security services and the first full-service detective agency in the territory. First with Investigations Unlimited, and later, with Edward L. Kalik Enterprises, he provided security for a vast number of businesses on St. Thomas and St. Croix, as well as for many local government agencies. He also spent two years as the administrator of security for the V.I. Water and Power Authority. He retired from the security business in 1991, but continued to work as a public insurance adjustor.
He was a member of the St. Thomas Fishing Club, served on the Boy Scouts Council, and was a past president of the St. Thomas Rotary Club. He was also a lifetime member of the Navy League and a member of the Oddfellows.
An avid yachtsman and boat captain, he enjoyed deep sea fishing. Despite declining health, he continued entertaining friends on weekly boat outings on his yacht, "Marge's Barge" until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margaret; daughters, Barbara Kalik and Linda Spaisman; sister, Irene Zeidman; stepdaughter Kathy Lindsay; stepson James Curran; grandchildren Amy and Mark Spaisman; step-grandchildren Sean and Ryan Curran; sister-in-law, Joanne Kalik and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Irwin Kalik.
Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at John Thomas Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Sanctuary of Abraham and Sarah in Paramus, N. J. A memorial celebration of his life will be held on St. Thomas in about a month; time and place will be announced.
In honor of his support for a wide number of charities, donations in his name to favorite charities are requested in lieu of flowers.
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