Dear Volleyball Community,
My partner and great friend Ed Chan died last night in his sleep.
Ed was in Chicago to cover AVP, and there was nothing Ed enjoyed more than photographing pro beach volleyball. He followed that up Thursday with another of his favorites, eating a big steak.
Ed, 60, was the nicest man you’ve ever known and a great volleyball photographer.
Our deepest thoughts are with his wife, Julie, the love of his life. I’ll update when we have more details.
– Lee

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  1. Eddie was a staple in Ocean Beach in San Diego and will be missed. He was a beloved member of our community and we are better for having known him. My thoughts are with Julie and Ed’s colleagues.

  2. I AM SO SORRY , I am an amateur photographer that got to spend some time with him at AVP tournaments . he was one of the nicest guys .

  3. Terrible shocking news. Our paths crossed dating back to Sacramento/UCDavis. Interestingly we both loved vb, moved to San Diego, and we’re both Chans. Please keep me informed of memorial services.

    • Celebration of Eddie Chan’s Life:

      Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM PST

      Marina Village South Lawn

      Celebration of Life will be held outdoors at Marina Village Conference Center (1936 Quivira Way, San Diego 92109) on the south greenbelt lawn followed by a reception in the Baja Room adjacent to the greenbelt.

  4. This still hasn’t sunk in, and I had to look again. We only spoke briefly at events and he always had time for words, even though he was working. From our brief meetings over the years, he was a genuine person that never bragged about his skills. He was known by international players, as I found out at a p1440 event in LV. He was also my look a like. I’ll miss you Ed.

  5. Eddie was a longstanding player in our OB “old guys” group and I always enjoyed playing with him and chatting on the beach. I memory I’ll need to work on my left handed sideways spin serve. Will miss you buddy.

  6. How devastating. What a wonderfully kind man. He will be missed. My heart goes out to Julie and the family. What a huge loss. ❤️

  7. OMG. As a fellow photog who had media passes in 2016 and 2017 I met him on the sand. Nice fellow. Got some iconic shots. What a great job he had. Heart attack? RIP. SO sorry. Man, you never know. :'(

  8. Ed was a kind and soft spoken man who loved his craft and shared it with all of us. I’m better for knowing you Ed and my deepest sympathy to Julie and your family.

  9. Very unexpected just thinking of them this week. He was always so kind and caring. I loved the way he and Julie loved each other it was very special to witness. You will be missed Ed. We will do our best taking care of your wonderful wife. Love you. Caron Janc

  10. Eddie was a gentle soul and an incredible man. He took the most amazing photos of the volleyball community, and created near life size photos of me and my husband that we proudly display. Photos he took of my daughter when she turned one represent the very best of all we’ve ever taken of her over the past decade. Sending love and light to his wife, Julie, during these sad, confusing times.

    • We are saddened with this news. I met Eddie on the court when he was still in Sacramento & we always competed on opposite sides of the net. He was humble & gracious after matches no matter the outcome. We are lucky to have known him.
      Our condolences to his family.

  11. So sad to hear the new. Ed was a good friend. Through his photographic and editorial contributions to the beach volleyball community, he will live on forever. Besides, he contributed 579 player pictures to – more than any other photographer. Thanks for all you did and especially for your contagious smile. You will be missed Ed.

  12. What a tremendous loss. Eddie was a good friend. He was the kindest, most gracious soul you could ever meet with a quietly funny demeanor and wicked talent and enthusiasm. He and Julie enjoyed true, enduring love. We are devastated by him being taken far too soon. RIP Eddie. We love you, Julie.

  13. Ed was truly the nicest guy at the beach. Its definitely too early💓 My condolences to julie🙏. I just wanted everybody to know that Ed will be missed and never forgotten!! He always said hello and knew my name even before we officially met 😀


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