C. Edwin (Ed) Dalgleish Formerly of Richmond and Auburn Resident of Cupertino. Charles Edwin Dalgleish, a retired Senior Civil Engineer and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, died January 3, 2013, in Cupertino. Born on September 19, 1916, he was a wonderfully devoted husband, father and grandfather throughout his adult life. His spirit for life and his wondrous love touched everyone he knew.
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Ed Dalgleish was born and raised in Lake County, CA. Transportation in his youth meant horse and buggy rides to town. As a child, he gathered bruised pears under trees and was paid a nickel for each forty-pound box. When he was a teenager, he earned money by sharpening tools for the highway department. His college summers were spent working at an engineering lab developing concrete for the Shasta Dam. After his 1940 graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Civil Engineering, he worked for the California State Highway Department. At the onset of World War II, he joined the army and served as a Commissioned Officer in the Corps of Engineers in Australia, the Philippines and New Guinea.
Upon returning home in 1945, Ed married Irma Carlson. Soon after, Ed began working as a Civil Engineer for the City of Richmond. They settled in Richmond, and twins Ron and Clarice were born in 1946. In his role as a devoted father and husband, he took his family on numerous camping trips and excursions. Ever the engineer, Ed designed and built an addition to the family's Richmond home and involved the whole family in building a mountain cabin near Soda Springs, CA. When Ed retired from Richmond in 1971, he was the Chief of the Capital Improvement Design Section. In addition to his work for the city, he served in the US Army Reserves, Corps of Engineers, until 1976 and retired from the military as a Colonel.
During the early 1970's, Ed and Irma designed and built their own home at Lake of the Pines in Auburn, CA. While living on the golf course at Lake of the Pines, he added golf to his leisure activities. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Until recently, he and his wife, Lois, enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world. He and Lois moved to the Sunnyview Retirement Community late in 2010.
His first wife, Irma, preceded him in death in 1989. Survivors include his beloved wife of 23 years, Lois, his son Ron (Katy), his daughter Clarice Snyder (Jan), six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
A reception in his honor is pending. It will be held at the Sunnyview Retirement Community, 22445 Cupertino Rd. in Cupertino. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in the spring. For more information or to post online condolences, contact Spangler Mortuaries - Los Altos at www.spanglermortuary.com.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 25, 2013