A full house in the banquet hall at Lakeview Lanes Saturday paused for a moment to remember a member of their group who would have been the life of that party.
The event was a fundraiser for the Hannibal Music Boosters.
Ed Carvey, who died in an accident at Novelis in Scriba last week, had been the group’s president in 2009-10.
The death changed the fundraiser. Organizers decided to split the proceeds with the fund set up to support Carvey’s wife and two children. And they put out a special donations jar for the family.
So while people spent the night enjoying each other’s company, dancing to local band “Anybody’s Guess”, and spending money to bid on gift baskets or buy 50/50 tickets, a few moments of the event were devoted to remembering Carvey.
Boosters official Linda Samuels led the room not in a moment of silence for Carvey, but in a round of applause because silence “is so not Ed,” Samuels said.
She noted that he joined the group because his daughter, Liz, was a student musician as he had been when he went to school there. As a member, he took a ribbing because he had excellent handwriting, which made him perfect for the job of writing the group’s congratulatory notes to scholarship winners.
“His upbeat nature and ever-present smile will always be remembered,” she said.
In addition to splitting the proceeds with the Carveys, the donation jar for the family took in nearly $200 more, the group reported.