Edwin Lanier Allen, 82, of Hanover County, Glen Allen passed away peacefully on October 23, 2022.
Lanier has been reunited with his parents, Pete and Dorothy Allen; sister, Dawn Devine; wife, Cynthia Allen; and daughter, Dominique Allen. He is survived by his son, Lee Allen, daughters, Michelle Conover and Lori Allen; Lee’s wife Suzanne; grandchildren, Sean and Ryan Serell, Josh and Alex Arduini, and Henry Allen; great-grandchildren Ben and Andy Serell; brother, Jerry Allen; and sister, Charlotte Cosby.
Lanier led a very full life and passed his love of the outdoors, sports, woodworking, engineering, and science down to his children and grandchildren. In 1965 he moved his family from California to Virginia to start a new career as the Chief Perfusionist at the Medical College of Virginia. While there he was a crucial part of the heart transplant program which performed the first successful transplant in the United States. His dedication and hard work saved many lives during his tenure at MCV. Lanier was blessed with early retirement at the age of 50 after 25 years of service. He well spent the following years hunting, gardening, fishing, researching genealogy, substitute teaching, wood carving, making wooden toys, and helping with whatever needed fixing. In short, “One Ear” lived his best life and we will all miss him. “Gone Fishin.”
A memorial service will be held from 3 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2022, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.