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Edward R. Carney Sr.

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Edward R. Carney Sr. Obituary
Carney, Edward R. Sr.
Feb. 16, 1925 - Oct. 21, 2009

Edward R. Carney, Sr., the grandson of immigrants from Poland and Bohemia, died Oct. 21 at the age of 84.
Born Feb. 16, 1925 in Astoria, N.Y., Ed was reared during the depression in various Queens, N.Y. towns by loving parents who struggled to survive and rear four boys. He studied aircraft mechanics in Jamaica (NY) Vocational High School, delivered telegrams for Western Union and then worked as an apprentice mechanic for American Export Airlines at La Guardia Airport. On his 18th birthday, Ed volunteered for the Marines, was sent to boot camp at Paris Island and then to the Naval aircraft mechanics school in Jacksonville, Fla. As a reward for graduating number one in his class he was given his choice of duty and chose flight training in the Navy Aviation Cadet program. Upon receiving his wings and commission, he returned to the Marine Corps and flew Corsairs in El Toro, CA.
After World War II ended, Ed worked for Eastern Air Lines as an operations agent in Tallahassee for three years before beginning his 34-year airline flying career in Miami as a DC-3 co-pilot. In 1985 he retired as an L-1011 captain and enjoyed sailing, flying, and playing tennis in Sarasota.
Ed joined the World Federalist Association in 1949, which evolved into the present day Citizens For Global Solutions. As one of its earliest members he was a firm believer that a limited global governing organization is the only substitute for war to settle disputes between nations, and that a restructured United Nations is the shortest route to that goal.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Alice Temple Carney, whom he met at a USO while based in Jacksonville. He also is survived by his five children: Annick Kittleman, Jackie Burns, Ed Carney, Jr., Anne Harr, Doug Carney; six grandchildren; his brother, Ray Carney; and several nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, Ed requests donations be made to Citizens For Global Solutions, PO Box 96222, Washington, D.C. 20090-6222.

Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2009
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