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CHARLES EDWIN "ED" HARPER

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Charles Edwin "Ed" Harper Charles Edwin "Ed" Harper, 69, of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 26, 2012. Ed was born in Fredericksburg, VA to Harold and Charlotte (nee Smith) Harper. At age 11, Ed moved to Springfield, PA, where he spent his formative years. A veteran of the US Army, Ed served as an MP in Europe, based in Germany. He earned his engineering degree from Widener University and his MBA from DePaul University. Ed's long career with Philadelphia Gear and Limitorque took him from the Philadelphia area, to Boston and then on to Wheaton, IL where he raised his family. Retirement brought him to Naples. He was generous to contribute his talents wherever he lived, and his many hobbies kept him connected to his sense of community. Ed was a Mason, Shriner and jester. An avid golfer, Ed enjoyed many years at Medinah Country Club, serving on its board of directors and as a committee chairman for the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open and a committee member for two PGA Championships. Ed was a pilot and flight instructor, and also enjoyed model aviation. He shot skeet and trap, raced Corvettes, operated a ham radio, and was a sports fan, watching many seasons at Comiskey Park (White Sox) and tailgating at Ryan Field (Northwestern Wildcats). Ed loved being on the water, whether fishing for marlin or sailing with friends at the Marco Island Yacht Club. His love of travel, spirit of adventure and aptitude for computer programming were assets that all who knew him enjoyed. Most of all, Ed had a terrific sense of humor and loved to tell (or hear) a good story--of which he had plenty. He had a very full and happy life. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jo Harper; his son, Charles (Kristin) of Chicago; and grandson, Trace. Ed was predeceased by his sister, Jane Kelly "Kitty" Jurciukonis of Springfield, PA. The family is holding a private luau in celebration of his life in Naples later this year. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the LEEP Beyond, NFP, 400 N. May St., Suite 2-F, Chicago, IL 60642, a cause close to Ed's heart.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 3, 2012
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