There is no question that without Timmy Edens, Seaview Crab Company would not be where we are today. In our early years when we were selling crabs roadside, we learned quickly that we needed high quality shrimp in order to grow our business. We asked around Sneads Ferry for the best shrimper to work with and Timmy Edens was the name we heard most.
Timmy set our standard for high quality shrimp every time we purchased from him. He cared about how well we did selling his shrimp and we truly felt he was a member of our team. Many times he would throw in some extra fish to ensure we would return and we always did. We use this same practice today with our customers and it rarely fails.
For us as early seafood entrepreneurs (Sam, Joe, and Nathan), Timmy set the example that you could earn a solid living, raise a family, and own a home — all while doing the real and meaningful work of seafood harvest and sales. Throughout our formative years, we continued to work with Timmy buying clams, shrimp, flounder and much more. If you’ve bought shrimp or clams from us you have likely enjoyed Timmy’s seafood.
We always had questions for Timmy’s wealth of knowledge. He had saved money to purchase a shrimp boat at age 19 and shrimped from the Pamlico Sound to the Florida Keys during his youth before returning to Sneads Ferry to shrimp, fish and harvest shellfish in his home waters. He taught us the great lesson that you don’t know unless you try. Timmy’s curiosity always had him searching for a better way and his never ending energy had him guessing and testing constantly.
His passion for working on the water and relentless ingenuity were second to none.
Men like Timmy don’t come along often and can be overlooked because of their selfless giving nature, humility and tireless work ethic. He will leave a legacy to us of passion, curiosity, efficiency, and overall true grit. We will forever remember him and continue to instill his values in ourselves and our company.