Edmund A. "Eddie" Dembowski

Edmund (Eddie) A. Dembowski of New Hartford, N.Y., formerly of Exton Edmund A. Dembowski, 81, of New Hartford, N.Y., formerly of Exton, passed away unexpectedly at home Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2013. Eddie was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Utica, N.Y., son of the late Andrew and Gladys (Borkowski) Dembowski. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry 24th and 7th Divisions, Eddie served and was wounded in the Korean Conflict receiving a Purple Heart. Following his discharge from the Army, he completed his high school education in Whitesboro Central Schools. Eddie also studied Physics at Utica College of Syracuse University. Edmund was a retired design engineer from General Electric's Aerospace Division (Oklahoma, New York and Pennsylvania). A modern renaissance man, Eddie had an unquenchable desire for intellectual and creative pursuits. He was often heard saying "knowledge is power". His curiosity led him to participate in a broad range of activities: hunting, fishing, walking, cross-country skiing, golfing, cooking (especially apple pies and quiches), car racing, boating, classical music, photography, sculpting, pottery, volunteering, astronomy, computers, foreign languages, travel - to name a few. As recently as a few days ago he said: "there's still a lot I want to do". Poppa Eddie leaves behind a close and loving family which includes his wife of 59 years, Eleanor (Cecilia); his daughter and son-in-law, Sandy Lynn and Jeffrey T. Jones of Frankfort, N.Y., his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey C. Dembowski and Aracelis Ortiz, of Albany, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Alexandra Farrell and her husband Michael of Chalfont and Andrew Reina of Charleston, S.C.; one great-grandson, Kellan Farrell. He is also survived by several brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, David Dembowski, a brother, Chester Dembowski and a sister, Ana Dembowski. For more information please visit: http://www.dimblebyfriedelfuneralhomes.com/. Though flowers are welcome, donations to the following organizations may be considered: Doctors without Borders, New Hartford Public Library, CNY Veteran's Outreach Center-Utica, and the New Hartford Fire Department's EMS. Eddie never met a person he couldn't talk to...

Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 3, 2013