WALLINGFORD - Edward Padden, 79, of Wallingford died this Monday, March, 18, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
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Born in the village of Locust Gap, Pa., he was the son of the late Anthony and Elizabeth Padden and brother of the late Gail Campomizzi. Growing up in the heart of coal country, he would leave home for weeks, heading for woods and mountain with his rifle, fishing pole and dynamite he and his friends would purchase at the market. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and saw the world while serving on the USS Tarawa as a gunner's mate. Because of his experience with dynamite, he was trained in munitions and became part of a small group responsible for sinking the huge Carrier should it end up in enemy hands. After his service, he went back home and fell in love with Alma Yoder They were married and started at the bottom. They left for Erie, Pa., where he attended trade school and worked a fulltime factory job. They moved to Wallingford and he was hired as a tool and die maker at Pratt and Whitney, staying for 34 years. In the 1970's, he was granted a U.S. patent for creating a way of burning curved holes into metal. He received recognition from NASA which purchased the rights to his invention. Edward was a devoted family man. He spent his time hunting and fishing with his son Douglas and coaching his son Mark in Little League. He also served as the Yalesville Little League Commissioner. In his later years, he loved attending his grandson, Aaron's, sporting events and visits from his daughters-in law, Rosemary and Lenore.
Services will be private and are under the direction of The Yalesville Funeral Home.
Published in The Record-Journal on Mar. 22, 2013