Ed McCrink left this world to go home to our Lord on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones, his loving wife of 66 years, Dottie, and his six children.|
Ed was born on January 17, 1921, in Newark, New Jersey, to Irish immigrant parents, Joseph John McCrink and Agnes Doogan. Ed was a WWII United States Navy Veteran.
He and Dorothy (Fleishman) met at The College of Fine Arts in 1946 and they married on August 30, 1947, in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Edward whisked his bride away to Chicago, IL, for a new beginning, where he attended The Chicago Art Institute. While attending school, Ed drove a taxi at night, learning all the streets and shortcuts throughout the Chicago area.
Ed got his first sales position at Salkover Metal Heat Treating Company. Edward's sparkling blue eyes, charismatic smile, and humorous wit helped him excel at sales. After four years he ventured off to start a company named "Hi Temp". Much like his father, Edward was an inventor and he went on to form two other heat treating companies, Tru-Temp and Steele Treating. The group of companies had great success, becoming the largest metal heat treating company in the Midwest. Eventually, Ed sold them to Beatrice Foods. He later started other new businesses in the fire safety field as well as special alloy metal tube manufacturing, which is still in operation today. During his years of success in business, he and Dottie had also built a beautiful family during the years 1949 through 1963, they had six wonderful children.
In 1971 something inside Ed said, "Go West, young man." He wanted to retire and golf more! He relocated his family to Rancho Santa Fe, CA, where he soon invested in many land development deals. Ed was an avid golfer for many years, participating in numerous Celebrity Pro Am Tournaments in California and Florida.
Throughout their 66 years of marriage, Ed and Dottie gave back to the community generously donating to many worthwhile charities, foundations, educational institutions, and hospitals.
Ed is survived by his wife, Dottie; six children, Jim (Violy), Laurie, Edward John Jr. (aka Ned), Joe (Mina), Katie (Ken) Shull, and Charlie; eleven grandchildren, Molly (Walter) Berninger, Saralinda, Edward John III (aka Max), Joseph, Benjamin, Robin, Natalie, Juliette, Ryan, Nicholas and Megan; and one great-grandson, Otto. He is pre-deceased by his loving parents, Joseph and Agnes McCrink, and six siblings, Joe, James, May, Alice, Frankie and Eileen.
Services for Edward will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 3:00pm at The Church of the Nativity, 6309 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Mar. 13, 2014