Edward William Pocengal, 53,  known to his family and friends as, Ned, died peacefully in his home after a brave battle against liver cancer on Nov.  6.

Born on March 26, 1962 in Yonkers, New York, he grew up in Darien, graduating from Darien High School. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Southern Connecticut State University. Until his illness Mr. Pocengal had worked as a reference and cataloguer librarian at Yale University for the past 15  years.

A talented and serious gardener, he taught himself the Latin botanical names and growing characteristics of hundreds of plants and shrubs. The gardens, designed and planted with his surviving life partner, Thomas Reddoch, were always interesting combinations of both common and extraordinary plants. He had many interest including yoga, cooking, home remodeling and kayaking on Long Island Sound and an avid reader of nonfiction.

In addition to Mr. Reddoch, he is survived by his father Edward Pocengal of Jupiter, FL, his mother and stepfather Nora and Thomas Ryan of Southport, North Carolina, his sisters Cynthia Steckler of Johns Island, South Carolina and Carol Theurer of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and two nieces, Leah Steckler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Katherine Theurer of Barre, Ontario, Canada.

In keeping with Mr. Pocengal's wishes, arrangements were private. If anyone wishes to do so, the family suggests donations in Mr. Pocengal's name to Animal Haven Inc., 89 Mill Road, North Haven, Connecticut 06473 or to an Animal Shelter or to a charity of choice. The family would also like to thank Connecticut Hospice.

— by The Darien Times