Edward G. "Chief" Hamady, 80, of Lafayette, Ind. died at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette, 12:24 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013. Edward was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 1, 1932, the son of the late John Edward and Cathrine Kundla Hamady. He was a graduate of Erie Academy, Erie, Pa. and various Naval schools, and also attended Purdue University. He married Anna Mary Nachman at Girard, Pa. February 14, 1953, and she survives. Edward made a career of the U.S. Navy, retiring in August 1977 with the rank of Senior Chief Quartermaster, and after serving four tours of duty in Vietnam. He also retired from the Purdue University Administrative staff in 1994. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 11, VFW Post 1154, the 40 & 8, Voiture 364, and was a Care Giver Companion volunteer all in Lafayette. Edward was also a member of the Navy Club, Ship 12, where he held every office, local, state and national as well as holding every local office with the American Legion except commander. Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Cynthia McNeish of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jean Hamady of Estero, Fla., Mary Palmer (husband Marshall) of Clarks Hill, Ind.; and by two sons, Michael Hamady and Mark Hamady, both of Lafayette, Ind. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Erin McNeish, John Palmer, Rachael Palmer, Catherine Palmer, Jonathan Hamady, Nicholas Hamady and Rebecca Hamady. He was preceded in death by a son, John Edward Hamady and a sister, Charlotte Rapela. Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rosary service at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial wil be held at St. Mary's Cathedral 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Fr. Eric Underwood officiating, with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery with military graveside rites. If friends desire, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 11 Firing Squad "New Bus" Fund or St. Mary's Cathedral. Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 15, 2013