Edward (Ed) Wilson of Swoyersville, formerly of Dallas, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, April 4, 2014.
Born Nov. 14, 1926, in Drexel Hill, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Ornsby) Wilson. Ed was educated at St. Andrews, Drexel Hill, West Catholic Boys High School, Philadelphia, and graduated from St. Joseph's College.
Ed served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
as a gunner on the USS Guadalcanal Aircraft Carrier.
Not long after joining Gibson Greeting Cards in sales, Ed was transferred from Drexel Hill to Dallas in 1957. He retired from Gibson Greeting Cards in 1992 after 40 years with the company.
He coached basketball at Gate of Heaven School, was president of Dallas Kiwanis, lector at Gate of Heaven Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus.
After moving to Swoyersville in 1988, Ed was very active in his church, the Holy Family Parish, formerly St. John's Nepomucene, where he served as an alter server, lector and a loyal bingo caller.
Ed loved golf and was a 40-year member of the Twilight League at Twin Oaks where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the game. He also loved playing bridge with his wife, Alice, and friends in their dinner bridge group for more than 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lu Loux Wilson in 1958; second wife, Alice Wienckoski Davis Wilson in 1995; daughters, Mary Wilson and Nancy Merolli; siblings, Joseph Wilson, Sister Mary Rose Berenice, Eleanor Rogers, Margaret Rueger and Nancy Hughes.
Ed is survived by daughter, Peg Mould and her husband, John, Dallas; and sons, Harold (Bud) Davis, Dallas; Michael and his wife, Lynne, Rossmoor, Calif.; Edward, Shavertown; son-in-law, Adrian Merolli, Shavertown; grandchildren, Dr. Alisa Merolli Gelzheiser, Alaina Keown, Megan Mould, Laura Mould, Tyler Wilson, Katie Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Alex Wilson; as well as great-grandchildren, Izzy, Wyatt and Vivian Gelzheiser; and Kaitlyn and Everly Keown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Mercy Center Chapel, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777; or St. Ann's Monastery and Shrine Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown, PA 18708.