“I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.”
Edward Stuart Tishman is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I had the great honor of calling him father for the past thirty-one years, but I never lost my sense of awe for the remarkable life he led. I’ve met many celebrities and politicians on my journey, most proved truly disappointing, but my admiration for Mr. Tishman never wavered. What always impressed me most was his tremendous humility in spite of his tremendous talents and achievements. I agree with John Ruskin, this is the mark of an authentically great man.
Another character attribute I admired, and have tried to emulate in my own life, is the great fascination Edward had for a wide array of subjects and his openness and gracious manner with everyone he encountered. His curiosity was infectious whether we were viewing an art exhibit, discussing film or literature, traveling together, exploring the culinary triumphs of the best restaurants in New York or simply enjoying a family night at home, I always left his presence feeling uplifted and excited about the future. Grace, humility, and passion are surely great attributes to have shared with his family and friends.
I will also remember Edward as a devoted father and grandfather. A wise man who was quick to laugh, generous to a fault, and always a source of strength even in the most difficult times. His engineering mind always discerned a solution to every problem and his dry wit found humor when it was needed most. Even when his eldest son was killed in an accident, he conducted himself with dignity and stoicism and in so doing sustained his entire family. He was the embodiment of all a father should be and engrained himself in all our lives so profoundly that we will forever hear his voice in our minds and hearts, guiding us in our lives as he did for so many years. I join my wife Leslie, and our entire family in mourning our dear father, Edward Tishman, but I take solace in knowing that his legacy as a builder, a businessman, a philanthropist, an intellectual, and most importantly as the patriarch of our family assures his legacy forever.