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Edwin Pontanilla: 1963-2007

It is with heavy hearts that we write this news. Our dear friend and colleague, Edwin Pontanilla, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 19th, 2007 of a heart attack. He was 43 years old.

Edwin has been with the company since the first film we shot and has been integral in every project since. From his quick wit, to his ability to capture everything that was going on behind the scenes with his camera, to his writing– it all resonated throughout 19th & Wilson.

Not only was he a great colleague, but he was the consummate friend. He was always there when needed, and willing to help out in any way possible; the kind of friend that you would want standing next to you whenever anything bad– or good– happened. Thankfully, we had a lot of those good things happen with him around.

While we all had a love for making films, his greatest love was for his two daughters. The amount of time he put into making sure he was there for them whenever they needed him would put any man to shame. It is this act of love for his family that will stay with us forever and will help us to be better family members ourselves.
The plan for the services are:

Viewing: Friday, January 26, 2007 – 4pm to 9pm

Funeral Services: Saturday, January 27, 2007 – 1pm

Fairfax Memorial Park
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
Telephone No. 703 425 9702

Please contact the Fairfax Memorial Park for definitive information on the viewing and funeral services.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, to please send donations to the Edwin Pontanilla scholarship fund via the Spirit Club. This scholarship fund has been set-up to help pay his girls tuition for the remainder of this season and will be used in the future to help the Pontanilla girls as well as other single parents who need assistance. More details about the Edwin Pontanilla Scholarship Fund will be coming soon to the Spirit Club website.

Please make all checks payable to Spirit Club and put Edwin Pontanilla Scholarship Fund in the memo line and mail to:

Spirit Club
2579 John Milton Drive, Suite 105-303
Herndon, VA 20171