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When you work
for a profession-
al membership
association for
30-plus years,
you get to know
a great many of
its members.
I first met Ed Taddei in the early 1980s,
he a member of the "Relations with
Bankers and Other Credit Grantors
Committee," known today as the Fi-
nancial Institutions Committee, and
me the newly appointed staff liaison
to that group. At that time, Ed was in
his early sixties and I was in my mid-
twenties, just getting my sea legs in
the world of association management.
Ed immediately sensed that this was a
new role for me, so, as a senior member
of the committee, he took me under his
wing, but in a manner that made me
feel as though I had held the position
for years. That was one of Ed's many
"people" talents he could provide
counsel in a manner that invisibly in-
stilled self-confidence and enthusiasm
in the beneficiary of his guidance.
Ed proved a thoughtful man in more
than one sense of the word. When he
spoke, no one held any doubt that he
had weighed all options and possibili-
ties, had drawn upon his considerable
experience and resultant wisdom, pro-
jected all possible outcomes, and now
stood ready to opine. Ed spoke when
he was ready to speak, and when he
did, it reminded me of the old E. F.
Hutton television commercials where
an entire stadium would ignore the
game at hand and cock an ear to catch
E. F. Hutton's advice.
Ed never sought the limelight. He never
sat at the head of the table. He spoke
loudly enough to be clearly understood
never louder. In fact, I never heard
him raise his voice, ever. He didn't
need to.
Unless someone other than Ed told
you, you would never had known that
he started Connecticut's first televi-
sion station (and others), mastered the
real estate world, and served as an or-
dained deacon in the Catholic church.
And I never, ever saw Ed lose his cool.
One day he was uncharacteristically
late for a committee meeting of mine at
the old Society offices on Allyn Street
in Hartford. I remember the day well
because a crew was cutting up our
street with a huge circular pavement
saw to repair the drainage system,
and they used a thin, muddy brown
liquid to keep the blade cool. Half of
the street appeared awash in a milk-
chocolate river.
About 10 minutes into the meeting, an
associate called me to the phone.
"Mark," came Ed's always-even voice
out of the receiver. "I've fallen in the
mud from the construction on Al-
lyn Street and I'm down on the curb.
Would you mind coming down to stay
with me until my daughter comes to
get me?"
I ran down and there sat Ed in the park-
ing lot attendant's chair, his natty khaki
summer suit soaked by the wet brown
goo. As it turned out, Ed had suffered
multiple injuries, including a broken leg.
Yet he remained stoic ... actually smil-
ing though the pain. That day, I met
Ed's daughter Noelle for the first time
as she arrived to take him for medi-
cal attention. Many years later Noelle
would assume the CTCPA presidency,
no doubt thrilling her proud father.
Ed wanted to know you as a human
being as well as a business associ-
ate. He knew all about my family at his
urging, not mine. He took great delight
in signing his emails as "#364" his
CTCPA membership number, such
was his pride in the profession. And
he attended committee meetings even
as his health slowly failed, ultimately
arriving in a wheelchair accompanied
by a caregiver companion.
The CPA profession, as professions
go, is relatively young, about 120 years
old. To me, Ed was one of many certi-
fied public accountants who forged the
prestige and status of the CPA profes-
sion, leading the profession by exam-
ple from 1947 until the day we lost him.
Today's newly certified public ac-
countants receive more than a cer-
tificate, they assume the mantle of in-
dependence, integrity, character, and
trust that their predecessors the Ed
Taddeis of Connecticut put firmly in
place during their tenure.
Thank you, Ed.
Taddei, pictured with his daughter Noelle, at the
2012 Essential Event where Noelle was installed
as 2012-2013 CTCPA president.
Taddei served on the selection panel for the first annual Educators of Excellence: "The Eddys" awards.
Pictured with him at the event are (from left) daughter and CTCPA Past President Noelle Taddei,
Past President Pat Poli, Membership and Academics Manager Alicia Strong, and Student Relations
Specialist Jill Brightman.
Message from the Publisher
In Memoriam: Edward Taddei, CPA
By Mark Zampino, Publisher