Edward I. Small, Cherry Hill, N.J., died early Sunday after a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Romayne Steingart, were married for just a month shy of 69 years.
Born in Scranton, Pa., son of the late Hyman and Sadie Strauss Small, Ed was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Maryland. His undergraduate college education started at the University of Alabama but was interrupted by World War II
. He enlisted as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and was of one of the early pilots of the A-36, the first model of what eventually became the P-51. He served for 18 months in Burma, India and China as part of the famous Flying Tigers, providing air support for ground forces including Merrill's Marauders, and flying the route known as "The Hump."
After returning from the war, he married Romayne and resumed his education at the University of Maryland, where he received a B.S. degree in engineering. Thereafter, he had a long and successful career in electronics engineering, including designing and assembling state-of-the-art equipment with corporations that were important defense contractors during the "Cold War." His work contributed significantly to the United States' defensive capabilities. He worked in Scranton, Pa., the greater Boston area, and then Camden, N.J. In his later years, retired from full-time employment, he maintained an office in Cherry Hill and continued to consult on a part-time basis. Ed was a member of the Jewish War Veterans.
Ed was most proud of his family, and he was a devoted, very involved husband, father and grandfather. Ed and his wife, Romayne, have two children, attorney Richard Small of Westport, Connecticut; and Robert Small, M.D., of Bellevue, Washington. They have three grandchildren, Jeffrey Small, Samantha Small and Daniel Small.
Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Rudolph (formerly Small); and his brother, Colonel (Retired) C. Haskell Small.
A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore, by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Friends will be received Wednesday, May 14, at the family residence at 909 Chantilcleer (also known as Reynard Ct.), Cherry Hill, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Arrangements are under the care of the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore. To offer the family a condolence or for further information, visit www.scrantonjewishfunerals.com