Edison "Ed" G. Updike, a resident of Heritage Harbor the past 3 years and Berlin, MD for 27 years previously, died July 21st at University of MD Shock Trauma Hospital due to complications from a fall.
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He was born on September 28, 1925 in Washington DC to the late Shirley and Blanche Updike.
Mr. Updike graduated from Eastern High School in 1943, attending summer school so he could receive his diploma early and enlist in the Navy at the age of 17. He was the flag master on the USS Hawkbill from 1943 to 1946. He was more than proud of serving his country, always ready to share personal stories, books, pictures and letters from his WWII experiences.
Mr. Updike was a career linesman cable splicer for C& P Telephone company retiring in 1984. In his last years he was dedicated to taking care of his wife and fostering his friendships of the last 50-70 years longevity.
Ed lived life to the fullest as evidenced by his many active memberships such as the Telephone Pioneers, US Submarine Veterans of WWII, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ocean City Shrine Club, and Pittman Masonic Club. He also continued to meet with the Boosters Club of Eastern High School for 70 years up until the month before his death.
His hobbies included vegetable gardening, being on the water, and fishing. Last but not least he was a loyal and avid Redskins fan.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Ruth Updike, his son Wayne Updike of Arnold, his sister Elanor Miller of CA, his grandchildren Dawn Norris of VT and Brittany, Adam, & Natalie Updike all of the Washington DC area, and his great grandchildren Dawson and Preston Norris of VT.
On August 19, 2011 at noon there will be a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 7 1905 Crownsville Rd. to include lunch and sharing of memories and stories.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to UMMS Foundation/Shock Trauma 110 S. Paca Street, 9th floor Baltimore, MD 21201. For online condolences please visit www.stallingsfh.com
Published in The Capital Gazette on July 26, 2011