Edward Elmer Lakata, age 55, of Johnstown, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from injuries received in a bicycle accident.
He was born on May 18, 1958, in Amsterdam, a son of Elmer K. and Carol Lakata of Johnstown, who survive.
Ed was a graduate of Johnstown High School, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Union College.
He was currently employed with Opto Generic Devices as a design engineer.
Mr. Lakata was a member of the Johnstown Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) and also played for local bands, most recently Skyler's Dream Team.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Lakata; two sons, Austin Lakata and Karl Lakata, both of Johnstown; five brothers, Johnny Lakata of Johnstown, Tim Lakata of Southwick, Mass., Eric Lakata of San Antonio, Texas, Chris Lakata of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Paul Lakata of Caroga Lake; two sisters, Diane Lakata of Palm Desert, Calif. and Shirley Delaney Montague of Norris Point, Newfoundland, Canada; nieces, nephews, cousins; three AFS daughters, and many devoted friends.
Visitation for friends and family will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 East Main Street, Johnstown. The F.O.E. will conduct a ritual at 7 p.m. during the visitation hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown.
Cremation will be at Vale Crematory, Schenectady. Interment will take place at a later date, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family has started a scholarship fund in his name. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Edward Lakata Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Fulton County F.C.U., 355 Hales Mills Road, P.O. Box 232, Gloversville, New York 12078. The scholarship will be awarded to JHS graduates pursuing careers in math and science.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.